Category Archives: Safety Tips

Mental Health Awareness

Mental health issues affect 1 in 5 Canadians , while the remaining 4 people will have a friend, family member or colleague affected. Common mental health problems include symptoms such as depression, extreme mood swings, disturbances in thought or perception, obsessions or fears, or other overwhelming feelings of anxiety. These symptoms affect how people think, feel and behave, and only one – third of those who need mental health services in Canada actually receive them.

Joint Health & Safety Committee’s – November Tip of the Month Mental Health Awareness Mental health issue s affect 1 in 5 Canadians , while the remaining 4 people will have a friend, family member or colleague affected . Common mental health problems include symptoms such as depression, extreme mood swings, disturbances in thought or perception, obsessions or fears, or other overwhelming feelings of anxiety. These symptoms affect how people think, feel and behave, and only one – third of those who need mental health services in Canada actually receive them.

  • Decreased productivity
  • Lack of co-operation
  • Increased accidents or safety problems
  • Decreased interest or involvement in one’s work
  • Frequent absences
  • Any unusual, worrisome behavior

Anyone can act like this from time to time if they are having a bad day, but if it continues in a pattern for a longer period of time, they may be suffering from a mental health disorder. Managers can also play a n important role in encouraging people to seek help. For more information about mental health in the workplace and how we can assist, please visit http://www.mentalhealthworks.ca.

Avoiding slips, trips, and falls – watch your step!

The leading category of “lost time injuries” at NC (and most other workplaces) is slips, trips and falls. The majority of falls take place on the same level resulting from slips and trips, and a smaller percentage of falls are from a height. Please take the time to understand these hazards and how we can each work to prevent them.

How can you identify slips, trips and falls?

Slips are caused by wet or oily surfaces, s pills and weather hazards – when there is little friction or traction between your footwear and the surface you are walking on. Trips can result from your feet hitting an object causing your body to lose balance . Workers tend to trip in the workplace due to poor lighting, clutter, uneven flooring or carpeting , and uncovered cables.

Know how to prevent them!

  • Take your time , and wear appropriate footwear for weather and surface conditions.
  • Clean up or clearly mark all spills & wet areas immediately. For cleaning assistance please submit an FMS ticket online, or contact security.
  • Keep walkways free of clutter.
  • Always close filing cabinet or storage drawers.
  • Keep walkways and working areas well lit.
  • Report any hazards immediately if you are not able to resolve them yourself.

Working together for a safe and healthy workplace!