Do green buildings have too much light? (No Harm Podcast Episode 33)

When green buildings are designed, sometimes the design of the lighting does not take into account the ergonomic needs of employees who need to work on computer screens. Are you facing a window? Is the window behind you? Does the window face north or south? Are there blinds and LED lighting that can be controlled? These are all important considerations to avoid eye strain.

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Alberta Medical Association: How you can influence the direction of health care (No Harm Podcast Episode 32)

For this episode, we’re going to do something a little different. As some of you know, for one of my contracts I’m the Editor-in-Chief of Alberta Doctors’ Digest for the Alberta Medical Association. Alberta Doctors’ Digest is the flagship publication of the association.

I recently did an interview with the President of the Alberta Medical Association about how you can have input on the direction of health care in the province. So for this episode of the No Harm Podcast, we’re going to replay that interview.

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How Suncor changed their safety culture through meaningful conversations (No Harm Podcast Episode 30)

In episode 30 of the No Harm Health and Safety Podcast, Marv interviews Shauna Lowry from Suncor.

In 2014, Suncor experienced five tragic fatalities at their mine site near Fort McMurray. Marv and Shauna talk about what Suncor has done since then to change its safety culture and improve performance. It all centred around meaningful, two-way conversations between workers and leaders.

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Langley Concrete achieves 1,520 days without a lost time incident and wins Canadian safety award (No Harm Podcast Episode 28)

In episode 28 of the No Harm Health and Safety Podcast, Marv visits the Langley Concrete Group in Chilliwack, British Columbia. Langley Concrete has had a strong safety culture for more than 60 years, but sadly, there was a fatality in one of their plants a number of years ago. This led to them to developing an even stronger culture and now they are celebrating 1,520 days (so far) without a lost time incident.

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Improving health & safety results with excellence models (No Harm Podcast Episode 27)

In episode 27 of the No Harm Health and Safety podcast, Marv talks to Dawn Ringrose from the Canadian firm, Organizational Excellence Specialists.

They talk about the need for HSE departments to speak the language of executive management and how adopting an organizational excellence model can not only help improve HSE results, but help to communicate those results with senior management.

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New York City – distracted walking, trips and falls (No Harm Podcast Episode 24)

In episode 24 of the No Harm Health and Safety podcast, Marv visits New York City during the January 2018 stormageddon. Not on purpose. He just happened to be there for meetings related to his team's new venture, www.ShoutMyProblem.com.

While walking to meetings, Marv makes some insightful observations about distracted walking, trips and falls. Unfortunately, there was a recordable incident.

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Predicting microclimates can keep people safer (No Harm Podcast Episode 23)

In episode 23 of the No Harm Health and Safety podcast, Marv visits Mike Burton at Campbell Scientific where they talk about how microclimates can vary in relatively small geographic areas.

These variations can cause hazards such as ice, frost, lightning and flooding that can be better managed with predictive technology.

Better prediction can make industrial sites and municipal/provincial roads safer for employees and the general public.

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Royal Alberta Museum loves accidental paleontologists (No Harm Podcast Episode 21)

In episode 21 of the No Harm HSE podcast, Marv talks to Chris Jass at the Royal Alberta Museum about the most awesome aspect of operating sand and gravel pits and other industrial businesses where excavation is part of the process.

Ice age fossils!

You'll learn how the "accidental paleontologists" of industry work with the Royal Alberta Museum to piece together our prehistoric past.

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Hiring paramedics for remote sites (No Harm Podcast Episode 17)

In Episode 17 of the No Harm Health and Safety Podcast, I talk to Kelly Rairdan, a paramedic with several decades experience working remote industrial sites. We meet in her Calgary office (where Kelly trains new paramedics) and discuss the nuances of hiring paramedics for remote sites ... what to look for in new hires and how to retain them.

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