Learning from Tesla’s Elon Musk: A Lesson in Safety Leadership

A recent article published on inc.com described an email communication sent out by Tesla CEO Elon Musk in response to a report that the injury rate at one of the Tesla manufacturing plants was reaching a dangerously high level. The email reads as follows:   No words can express how much I care about your […]

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When the Cure Makes You Sick: Examining the Use and Effects of McIntyre Powder Use in Miners

Between 1943 and 1980, thousands of miners were forced to inhale McIntyre Powder before entering gold and uranium mines. It was believed that the McIntyre Powder provided prophylactic protection against silicosis of the lungs caused by the high volume of silica produced as part of the mining process. The adverse health effects of McIntyre Powder […]

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Occupational Cancer Research Centre Releases New Work-related Cancer Data

A new report by the Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC), titled Occupational Cancer in Ontario, was published September 28, 2017. The report has identified the top four causes (the report refers to them as “big hitters”) of workplace-caused cancer. They are: Solar radiation Asbestos Diesel-engine exhaust Crystalline silica It states that 1400 workers are diagnosed […]

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How does Burnout Affect Workplace Health and Safety?

In a previous article, we discussed what job burnout is, the differences between stress and burnout, and the symptoms of burnout. When you think about hazards in the workplace, maybe you think of machine guarding, lockout, or fall hazards. Maybe you even think of the less obvious hazards, such as workplace harassment or ergonomics. Rarely does […]

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Work Reintegration for Non-Work Related Injury or Medical Condition

So, you’re on the mend, or are now capable of returning to work after experiencing a non-work related injury or medical condition. There are different procedures and specific legislation for both work and non-work related illness and injury that employees and employers must abide by. For this article, we will be looking at work reintegration […]

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