Brandon COR® meeting gets updates on silica testing, workplace impairment

On our first snowy day of the year, WORKSAFELY® had a great turn out for our COR® meeting in Brandon.  We would like to thank Jason Moffatt, and Allen & Bolack Excavating Ltd., for hosting more than 40 attendees from around the province. COR® meetings allow us to share industry trends and news. The November 7th meeting’s highlights included:

  • SAFE Work Manitoba reported that the current injury rate for the heavy construction industry remains below 4 workers per 100. While this is good news there is still work to be done to reduce the rate.
  • WORKSAFELY®’s Phil McDaniel reported on work we are doing with the University of British Columbia on crystalline silica-exposure testing that will assist companies in meeting Workplace Safety and Health requirements. WORKSAFELY® is also working with SAFE Work Manitoba and WSH to monitor and test for diesel emissions in the new year. We are seeking 5 or more companies to volunteer to conduct diesel-emission exposure testing at no cost.  Additionally, WORKSAFELY® is trialing its new e-Audit tool, available to others.
  • Finishing up our meeting, Jackie Jones talked about WORKSAFELY®’s new Managing Impairment in the Workplace workshop; the first class will be held in Winnipeg on November 13, and then in Brandon on December 4.
  • The new Click Before You Dig Manitoba platform will be ready January 11, 2019. Companies are encouraged to attend information webinars to be held over the next couple months.

Thanks, again, to Allen and Bolack Excavating Ltd for hosting our meeting and to all who attended. Do not hesitate to call Phil or Jackie with questions on their initiatives.