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Different types of occupational ergonomic risks

Different types of occupational ergonomic risks

The goal of ergonomics studies is to prevent any kind of injuries and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) caused by worker’s exposure at his task / his workstation. The exposure could be sudden or remain sustained in time (force, dexterity, vibration, weight (load), repetitive motion, awkward postures, noise, visual, temperature, etc.).

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Know everything about your energy balance!

Know everything about your energy balance!

While global warming is at the center of scientific debates such as those emerging from IPCC reports (Oct. 2018), so is energy consumption. Hence, the underlying energy issues are also important. Among them, greenhouse gases (GHGs) related to climate issues. IPCC defines the GHGs as gases in the atmosphere that absorb infrared radiation and contribute to the greenhouse effect by redistributing them in the form of harmful radiation.

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Improvement in ISO 45001 standards

Improvement in ISO 45001 standards

In March 2018, the international standard ISO concerning occupational health and safety (OHS) management systems : ISO 45001 was published, replacing the OHAS 18001, with a high level standardized structure to facilitate the integration with other management system standards (ISO 9001 and ISO 14001). This structure is based on ten clauses, from the definition of the field of application, to the improvement which represents the tenth and the last clause of the standards having the same framework.

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CNESST Zero Tolerance

CNESST Zero Tolerance

In Quebec, the health and safety of workers is a priority framed in section 2 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (LSST), which defines its purpose by eliminating at the source of the hazards to health, safety and health and physical integrity of workers. In this definition, the dangers to the health, safety and physical integrity of workers are absolutely referred without mentioning any particular criterion to avoid any possibility of misinterpretation that may lead to depreciation or to neglect one or more corrective measures. However, because of the severity and the high frequency of certain situations, the CNESST has identified nine (9) points with zero tolerance that concerns all work environments.

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Machine safety – What is Industry 4.0?

Machine safety – What is Industry 4.0?

In a workplace, ergonomics scientifically establishes, through the design of systems, the relationships between man, his tools, his methods and his workstation to ensure his comfort, safety and performance when carrying out his work. According to the “Society of Ergonomics of French Language”, this discipline is the science that includes both physiological knowledge or related sciences applied to human work in the perspective of a better adaptation to humans. It aims to understand the constraints factors specific to each workstation to make improvements by considering all the elements to determine how the work is done. It’s about the physical area, the physical development, the safety conditions, the amount of operations or informations to be used, the rate, the schedules and the physical characteristics of the operators (size, weight and gender).

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Do you know ergonomics in industrial environment?

Do you know ergonomics in industrial environment?

In a workplace, ergonomics scientifically establishes, through the design of systems, the relationships between man, his tools, his methods and his workstation to ensure his comfort, safety and performance when carrying out his work. According to the “Society of Ergonomics of French Language”, this discipline is the science that includes both physiological knowledge or related sciences applied to human work in the perspective of a better adaptation to humans. It aims to understand the constraints factors specific to each workstation to make improvements by considering all the elements to determine how the work is done. It’s about the physical area, the physical development, the safety conditions, the amount of operations or informations to be used, the rate, the schedules and the physical characteristics of the operators (size, weight and gender).

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Update to NFPA 51B

Update to NFPA 51B

NFPA 51B is full of useful information on the best practices for hot work. Along with the National Fire Code of Canada and CAN/CSA W117.2-M87 Safety in Welding, Cutting, and Allied Processes, it is essential reading to provide framework and safely perform hot works in conformity with the Safety Code for the construction industry (SCCI) and the Regulation respecting occupational health and safety (RROHS).

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Heat stroke prevention

Heat stroke prevention

In Quebec, cool weather quickly gives way to summer heat. It is not uncommon to have a first heat wave at the beginning of June. This meteorological phenomenon leads to hot thermal stress “heat stroke” in many workers, because their bodies are not yet used to a warm environment.

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Fastening of permanent protectors with a padlock

Fastening of permanent protectors with a padlock

One of the most frequently asked questions concerning the fastening of permanent protectors is the possibility of using a padlock as a means of fastening (conformity of fastening with a padlock).
It is a question that appears simple, but quickly becomes ambiguous when we try to rely solely on regulatory articles and applicable standards. This is a gray area where no clear answer can decide as to the conformity of this action. For this reason, deeper understanding and interpretations are needed to line up our actions with the true goals of these texts.

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Lockout of mobile machines

Lockout of mobile machines

Did you know that mobile equipment is subject to the same regulatory requirements as any other type of equipment or industrial machine where lockout is concerned? Articles 188.1 to 188.13 of RROHS apply to all “machines”. This means, among other things, that mobile equipment should be included in your lockout program and that a lockout procedure (lockout card) should be available for each device. The inclusion of mobile equipment is also provided for in standards such as CSA Z460-13.

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The use of the Safe Distance Scale Stick

The use of the Safe Distance Scale Stick

The stick is a tool that simulates the limb you wish to keep from the danger zone (e.g. finger, hand, arm). Performing the permanent protector’s conformity check is done simply by making sure that the stick cannot reach the danger zone when inserted through the openings of the protector, according to its smallest opening.

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Energy control method other than lockout

Energy control method other than lockout

For access to a danger zone during maintenance activities or assembly and installation activities, lockout or, in absence of lockout, any other energy control method that ensures equivalent safety must be applied, according to RROHS article 188.2. These other energy control methods are sometimes called ‘’alternative methods to lockout.’’

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Means of maintenance for electrical installations

Means of maintenance for electrical installations

Maintenance of electrical apparatus allows for improvement of reliability, increased lifespan and reduced allotted maintenance time. There are three modes of maintenance: reactive maintenance, preventive maintenance or predictive maintenance.
The difference between the three modes is mainly related to the time allotted to maintenance personnel and the diagnostic equipment available to detect anomalies.

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The integration of OHS management into the general management systems of businesses

The integration of OHS management into the general management systems of businesses

In theory, any organization can be classified into one of the two following categories:
1- Businesses that choose to handle OHS questions on a case-by-case or day-to-day basis.
2- Businesses that prefer to handle the health and safety of their human capital in a more proactive manner.

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The key changes to IEEE-1584-2018.

The key changes to IEEE-1584-2018.

The IEEE-1584 standard is used to calculate the incident energy level, or the heat released during an arc flash explosion. This standard appeared in 2002 and is based on statistics, physics and empirical formulae to accurately estimate the heat to which a person could be exposed if situated 18 inches from the electric arc.

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Interlocking device and sensitive device

Interlocking device and sensitive device

Many alternatives are available to allow for efficient control of access to the danger zones of equipment. The choice of one or many of these alternatives is mainly based on the need to access the danger zone, the frequency and the nature of the tasks to be performed inside the danger zone.

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Intervention Prévention Inc.

Intervention Prévention concentrates its operations in the field of work safety, offering specialized services following Standards CSA Z462 – Workplace Electrical Safety, CSA Z460 – Control of Hazardous Energy: Lock-out and Other Methods, and CSA Z432 – Safeguarding of Machinery.

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