We talk to authors Regina Lindgren and Andrea McMakin about their book, Risk Communication, a handbook for communicating environmental, safety and health risks.Read More
Kelly Rairdan, a paramedic with several decades experience working remote industrial sites, talk to us about how paramedics do lifts and how the technique applies to almost anything.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Like many organizations, Shell Scotford needs well-trained tradespeople coming into industry who not only understand the technical requirements for the job, but also understand risks and mitigation. So Shell made a major contribution to Fort Saskatchewan High School to help them create the Shell Skills Centre.Read More
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.Read More
In episode 29 of the No Harm Health and Safety Podcast, Marv visits Mike Sullivan from the Canadian Common Ground Alliance and Alberta One Call. Marv learns that comprehensive legislation for preventing damage to federally regulated underground infrastructure does not exist in Canada.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
In episode 26 of the No Harm Health and Safety podcast, Marv visits the Environment, Health and Safety department at the University of Alberta where he talks to Rob Munro about how the U of A transformed their results through relationship building.Read More
In episode 25 of the No Harm Health and Safety podcast, Marv visits the Shell Scotford Complex near Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta where he talks to Shell employees about how drones are now being used to inspect high places like tank roofs, pipe racks and flare stacks.
They talk about the HSSE benefits of using drones rather than scaffolds or helicopters.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
In episode 22 of the No Harm Health and Safety podcast, Marv talks to Barbara Semeniuk of Purcell Enterprises about new HSE audit standards coming into effect in Alberta. They also discuss some tips to help you prepare for audits.Read More
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.Read More
In this episode of the No Harm HSE Podcast, Marv talks to Rick Lang from the Alberta Motor Association (AMA) and gets some tips on safer winter driving. The conversation ranges from threshold braking to studded tires and wiper blades. Want to know why Zambonis don't crash? Listen and learn!Read More
In this interview, you'll also hear Lafarge environmental manager Bill Gowdy discuss the palaeontology benefits of sand and gravel extraction, and how the Royal Alberta Museum participates in documenting fossils unearthed on site.Read More
Many health care professionals recommend doing whatever you can to avoid a sedentary lifestyle, at home and at work. They say that failure to move around during the day can result in what's known as "Sitting Disease" and all of the complications of metabolic syndrome.
What can you do about it in your own work life?Read More
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.Read More
In episode #16 of the No Harm Health and Safety Podcast, I talk to Barbara Semeniuk, principal and HSE auditor at Purcell Enterprises. We discuss how you can protect health and safety during tough economic times and how to justify the economic and moral importance of good HSE programs.Read More