Canadian Occupational Safety

November/December 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 WE all look for silver linings — it's in our very nature to try and find optimism in dark times. It's not easy to find any good sides to a global health crisis that has left hundreds of thousands of people dead, millions without jobs and a worldwide recession. Maybe one piece of good news we can cling on to is that the safety profession has come into sharper focus over the past few months. With the current pandemic, workplace health and safety is more important than ever — and the sector is receiving increased visibility with concerns over PPE and occupational diseases becoming mainstream. More so than ever before, safety professionals have been essential. As businesses and organizations navigate ever-changing guidelines, safety heroes have been leading the way. This year's Canada's Safest Employers Awards was always going to be special; 2020 marks the event's 10-year anniversary! We may have envisioned our celebrations slightly differently, but we are as proud as ever to shine a spotlight on the OHS community and the individuals paving the way for a better, safer and healthier workplace. For our cover story this month, come and discover the eight finalists up for Safety Leader of the Year — one of the event's most anticipated prizes. Aside from spotlighting our safety heroes, this issue is chock-full of other essential features. Protective clothing is an integral part of the safety profession. Most occupations wouldn't function properly without it, and for many workers, protective clothing can be the differentiating factor between being safe on the job and exposing themselves to danger. Nevertheless, female workers still struggle with finding clothing that will actually fit! In this issue, COS takes a deep dive into protective clothing for women for its PPE focus. Hot on the heels of last month's successful roundtable, this month we hand the mic over to a panel of experts in the tech sector. Once a sector that may have been reticent to embrace new tech, this pandemic has accelerated the development of tech to a dizzying degree. We ask the experts: Is tech the future of OHS? Lastly, increased sanitization measures mean that more and more workers are having to handle chemical substances — with potentially hazardous results. An integral part of chemical safety, Safety Data Sheets (SDS) can help provide answers. We spoke with subject matter specialists to help shed more light on the topic. More than a profession, safety is a community — and one of which COS is a proud member. Maia Foulis, editor, Canadian Occupational Safety Not all heroes wear capes Contents of Canadian Occupational Safety are copyright © 2020 HAB Press Limited and may not be reproduced in whole or part without written consent. 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