Canadian Occupational Safety

September/October 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 long, strange trip it's been" — the quintessential yearbook quote and Jerry Garcia lyric could most definitely apply to 2020. With summer almost over, it may be back to school — and back to the office — for many Canadians. But not as we knew it. As weeks have stretched into months, and potentially into years, this pandemic has fundamentally altered how we work, how we shop, how we socialize and how we live. Food safety is a huge concern for all Canadians in "normal" times, but with ongoing reports of COVID-19 outbreaks among farm workers, this pandemic has forced us to take a closer look at manufacturing, food production and the integrity of the supply chain. COS examines this growing concern in this issue. Alongside the pandemic, the last couple of months have raised other issues and opened up essential conversations. The Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S. has rippled up north. Canada rightfully prides itself on being a multicultural, multilingual country — but how does this translate in the workplace? Canadian businesses are taking a closer look at what diversity, equality and inclusion looks like within their organizations. In this issue, we explored this crucial topic in a (socially distanced) roundtable. We asked three CEOs — three indispensable voices in this arena — key questions on how to improve diversity, equality and inclusion in the workplace. Another unmissable feature: Our Readers' Choice winners are finally out! It's one of our most popular features every year, and rightfully so. We love engaging with and giving a voice to our readers and always appreciate your input. On behalf of the COS team, I would like to extend a huge "thank you" to everyone who took part in this year's survey. With occupational health and safety matters being more important than ever for Canadian companies, we are happy to share with you our readers' top choices. Lastly, a perennially important topic in the OHS world and this issue's PPE focus: fall protection. Two experts weigh in with vital bits of fall protection equipment. Hint: It is about a lot more than just a harness! Anyone who is working at heights or responsible for workers at heights needs to read this. For those of you who missed out on our successful COS Connect event in July, do not fret as we will be hosting another one in October. In fact, October is shaping up to be a great month for Canadian Occupational Safety as we will be celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Canada's Safest Employers Awards! Through our magazine, our web content and our events, our aim has always been to spotlight the best in class, give a voice to experts in the field and share their knowledge so that we can work toward the safest and healthiest workplace. As much the student as we are the teacher, we are here to listen and here to learn. Maia Foulis, editor, Canadian Occupational Safety Make your voice heard 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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