Canadian Safety Reporter - sample

June 2017

Focuses on occupational health and safety issues at a strategic level. Designed for employers, HR managers and OHS professionals, it features news, case studies on best practices and practical tips to ensure the safest possible working environment.

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Shooting comment constitutes workplace violence Worker's denial and attempt to suggest motive by co-worker to fabricate allegation hurt his credibility BY JEFFREY R. SMITH AN ARBITRATOR has upheld the dismissal of a Toronto transit worker who voiced his displeasure with management through com- ments to a co-worker about committing violent acts. Mark Davis, 54, was a fare collector for the Toronto Transit Com- mission, working in ticket booths at stations on the city's subway and rapid transit lines. He was hired in 1989 and worked as a bus driver before becoming a fare collector. Psychological safety: Are women and millennials at greater risk? Millennials and women report mental health challenges at a much higher rate than other groups. What's behind those numbers and how can HR help? BY MELISSA CAMPEAU ACCORDING TO the Ameri- can Psychological Association, millennials report experiencing higher levels of stress than any previous generation. The APA also reports that 12 per cent of the generation has a diagnosed anxiety disorder — nearly twice the rate of Baby Boomers. They aren't the only group making headlines over mental health concerns: The APA finds that women are about twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with major depression. With psychological safety in the workplace emerging as a top- ic of high priority for many orga- Safety Reporter Canadian www.safety-reporter.com June 2017 COMPANY CHARGED IN WORKPLACE FATALITY HAS CHARGES STAYED AFTER LENGTHY TRIAL DELAY Company who provided machine that caused fatality waited nearly 5 years for trial pg. 5 WORKER WINS BENEFITS COVERAGE FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA pg. 3 Private benefit plan's refusal to cover medically-necessary, prescribed drug placed worker at disadvantage UNION'S CHALLENGE OF SHIRT- TUCKING RULE UNSUCCESSFUL Employer and union couldn't agree on proper way to wear shirts in plant, but collective agreement proivded for following legislative standards pg. 6 INSIDE NEWS BRIEF Women > pg. 4 Credit: Shutterstock/ESB Professional Comments > pg. 2 News Brief > pg. 8 PM #40065782 EXXON REFINERY BLAST PROBE FINDS SAFETY PROGRAM WEAKNESSES (Reuters) — The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has wrapped up a two-year investigation of a Feb. 18, 2015, explosion at a Tor- rance, Cal., refinery then owned by Exxon Mobil Corp. It found that weaknesses in Exxon Mobil's pro- cess safety management program led to the explosion, which caused minor injuries to four workers and spiked West Coast gasoline prices. The blast occurred when volatile hydrocarbons flowed backwards in an idled gasoline-producing flu- idic catalytic cracking unit (FCCU) to the electrostatic precipitator, which releases sparks as it collects catalyst particles from escaping through the unit's exhaust stack. "These weaknesses led to op- eration of the FCC unit without pre-established safe operating lim- its and criteria for unit shutdown, reliance on safeguards that could not be verified, the degradation of a safety-critical safeguard, and the re-use of a previous procedure de- viation without a sufficient hazard analysis that confirmed that the assumed process conditions were still valid," the CSB said in its report. The board also found debris

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