Canadian Occupational Safety

May/June 2020

Canadian Occupational Safety (COS) magazine is the premier workplace health and safety publication in Canada. We cover a wide range of topics ranging from office to heavy industry, and from general safety management to specific workplace hazards.

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E D I T O R I A L WHAT a year it has been — and we are not even halfway through! I am sure that for those of you reading, this has been a very strange — and challenging — last few weeks. It certainly has for me and for everyone here at Key Media. It is hard to tell what the global landscape will be by the time you have this issue in your hands; I am hopeful that it will be more positive. What I can tell you is that we are all in this together, navigating new, untested waters. What lessons we will learn from this I am not sure, but this current crisis is sure to have a lasting impact on the occupational health and safety sector. Whatever the situation, COS remains committed to providing measured, quality coverage of all the important ongoing issues in the OH&S space both in print and on our website. With all this going on, I have not even introduced myself yet! My name is Maia Foulis, I am acting editor of Canadian Occupational Safety while Amanda Silliker is away on maternity leave. Many of you will be familiar with Amanda and all the amazing work she has been doing in these pages and on our website over the last few years. While it is a slightly daunting task, I can assure you that COS is in safe hands (there is a pun in there somewhere). This month, our cover story is focusing on something dear to our hearts; in March, we launched our first ever Women in Safety event in Calgary. From the feedback we got after, it was not an event to miss! I was lucky enough to chat with three of the day's key participants about their experience of the event and the issues currently facing women in the safety field. COS is very proud of the event's success and we're already looking forward to next year. Discussions around mental health are rightfully starting to become an important part of the OH&S sector. More and more, employers are taking note and investing in the mental well-being of their workers. Nevertheless, it is important to point out that workers in some industries are more prone to developing mental health issues — this is sadly the case for the construction field. To learn more about this essential topic, I interviewed two advocates who are making waves and working hard to push the conversation forward. Lastly — and most importantly — before I sign off: I know that many of our readers are frontline, essential workers. To them, COS wishes to extend a heartfelt "thank you" for all the hard work they have been doing and continue to do. Having recently moved to Canada, I continue to be impressed with the kindness, generosity and community spirit that I have witnessed in such trying times. It truly warms my heart. Stay healthy, stay safe and stay hopeful. Maia Foulis, editor, Canadian Occupational Safety Waking up to a brave new world Contents of Canadian Occupational Safety are copyright © 2020 HAB Press Limited and may not be reproduced in whole or part without written consent. HAB Press Limited disclaims any warranty as to the accuracy, completeness or currency of the contents of this publication and disclaims all liability in respect of the results of any action taken or not taken in reliance upon information in this publication. HST/GST # 70318 4911 RT0001 Canada Post – Canadian Publications Mail Product Sales Agreement 41261516 International Standard Serial Number 0008-4611. The publishers accept no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts, colour transparencies or other materials. Manuscripts or other materials must be accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope. 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