OHS & Personal Well Being


Speeding Concrete Truck Tips Over (Video)

Are YOU prepared for an OHC Investigation?


CBI books top mines safety official on graft charge



International Symbol of Deafness and Hearing Loss   …   In the USA, 12.5% of children aged 6–19 years have permanent hearing damage from excessive noise exposure.[30] The World Health Organization estimates that half of those between 12 and 35 are at risk from using personal audio devices that are too loud.[5]

Decibel Hell: The Effects of Living in a Noisy World (Chepesiuk, 2005)   …   The effects of sound don’t stop with the ears. Nonauditory effects of noise exposure are those effects that don’t cause hearing loss but still can be measured, such as elevated blood pressure, loss of sleep, increased heart rate, cardiovascular constriction, labored breathing, and changes in brain chemistry. According to the WHO Guidelines for Community Noise, “these health effects, in turn, can lead to social handicap, reduced productivity, decreased performance in learning, absenteeism in the workplace and school, increased drug use, and accidents.”

Playground Safe (WHMIS / GHS Slides & Talking Points)


Toxicology:  The Plastics Puzzle     BPA has formed the chemical backbone of most hard, clear polycarbonate plastic since the 1950s. Over time, studies have linked the chemical — which can leach out of plastics and into food — to a host of adverse health effects, including reductions in fertility and birth weight, male genital abnormalities, altered behavioural development, diabetes, heart disease and obesity1 (see Nature 464, 1122–1124; 2010).   

…the North American Metal Packaging Alliance in Washington DC. The alliance estimates that 95% of all aluminium and steel can coatings are epoxy-type resins: more than 99.9% of these contain BPA.   

…zebrafish exposed to 0.5 micrograms of BPS per litre of water — about one-sixth of the maximum concentration detected in the environment — had fewer eggs, more malformed offspring and higher oestrogen to testosterone ratios than untreated zebrafish4.   

 92% of 102 commercially available plastic products leached chemicals with oestrogenic activity7.   

In 2012, the world produced some 280 million tonnes of plastic. According to a model based on the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, more than 50% of these plastics contain ingredients that can be hazardous (seeNature 494, 169–171; 2013).

Slow Death by Rubber Duck  (Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie)  

Published by Alfred A. Knopff, Canada.  2009.

Far from being the rock or island in the Simon and Garfunkel song, it turns out that the best metaphor to describe the human body is “sponge.”  We’re permeable.  We’re absorbent.  And Toxic Nation tries to measure the nasty things the human sponge has soaked up.  Like efforts in the United States and Europe, the Toxic Nation project applies scientific testing techniques – previously restricted to the pages of obscure scientific journals – to the raging public debate about the pollutants we are exposed to, in what amounts and from which sources – and tells us what we can do about it.  Since 2005 Environmental Defence Canada has tested the blood and urine of more than 40 Canadians for over 130 pollutants.  People from all walks of life.  Of all ages.  Men, women and kids from different parts of the country and different ethnic backgrounds.  They all turned out to be polluted to some degree.


Far from escaping it when we shut our front door at night, we’ve unwittingly welcomed these toxins into our homes in countless ways.  In a particularly graphic example, it’s been estimated that by the time the average woman grabs her morning coffee, she has applied 126 different chemical in 12 different products to her body and hair. 

And the result?  Not surprisingly, a large and growing body of scientific research links exposure to toxic chemicals to many ailments that plague people, including several forms of cancer, reproductive problems and birth defects, respiratory illnesses such as asthma and neurodevelopmental disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

We have all become guinea pigs in a vast and uncontrolled experiment.

Mind and Body:  The reason loneliness could be bad for your health.    Lonely people, it seems, are at greater risk than the gregarious of developing illnesses associated with chronic inflammation, such as heart disease and certain cancers. According to a paper published last year [2010] in the Public Library of Science, Medicine, the effect on mortality of loneliness is comparable with that of smoking and drinking. It examined, and combined the results of, 148 previous studies that followed some 300,000 individuals for an average period of 7.5 years each, and controlled for factors such as age and pre-existing illness. It concluded that, over such a period, a gregarious person has a 50% better chance of surviving than a lonely one.  

Think Yourself Well    …recently, respectable research has demonstrated that those who frequently experience positive emotions live longer and healthier lives. They have fewer heart attacks, for example, and fewer colds too. …

Dr Fredrickson and Dr Kok concentrated their attentions on the vagus nerve. This nerve (illustrated… in an early anatomical drawing) starts in the brain and runs, via numerous branches, to several thoracic and abdominal organs including the heart. Among its jobs is to send signals telling that organ to slow down during moments of calm and safety.

How effectively the vagus nerve is working can be tracked by monitoring someone’s heart rate as he breathes in and out. Healthy vagal function is reflected in a subtle increase in heart rate while breathing in and a subtle decrease while breathing out. The difference yields an index of vagal tone, and the value of this index is known to be connected with health. Low values are, for example, linked to inflammation and heart attacks.    

Eat, Fast, And Live Longer:  With Michael Mosley    Skipping a meal or two can be very, very, good for you.   

Fixing Broken Brains:  A New Understanding of Depression    …in 2006… the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in Bethesda, Maryland published the results of a massive, nationwide clinical trial.  Unlike many pharmaceutical trials – which often screen out certain participants – this was the first to measure the effectiveness of antidepressants in a population representative of the real world.  The results were disquieting: few of the 2876 participants fully recovered without switching to or in many cases adding other medications.    

Disease Map of the World (by Dr. Odra Noel)   

Dumb Ways to Die   

How NOT To Check for a Gas Leak

Don’t Take Your Vitamins 

Big Fat Truth

Passengers lose their common sense when asked to evacuate a plane

Alcohol is the Most Harmful Drug      Researchers led by Professor David Nutt, a former chief drugs adviser to the British government, asked drug-harm experts to rank 20 drugs (legal and illegal) on 16 measures of harm to the user and to wider society, such as damage to health, drug dependency, economic costs and crime.   

Drunk on Fatigue    After keeping volunteers awake for 29 hours, researchers at the University of Surrey, UK, found that their white blood cell counts soared as though they had been injured. “It is a fair conclusion that sleep loss adversely affects one’s ability to combat infections,” says James Krueger, who studies sleep and immunity at Washington State University in Pullman.

It’s not just acute sleep deprivation, however – over time, even the moderate daily shortfall most of us endure during an average working week will get us in trouble. After reviewing 15 studies of 470,000 people over 25 years in eight countries, researchers at the University of Warwick, UK, concluded that “short sleepers” – those consistently getting fewer than 5 hours per night – increased their risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and even cancer. …

These products were stored together in the same workplace cabinet.  Why?


While you are contemplating your future – and all that is around you – have a listen to:

Motherland (Natalie Merchant)