Posts Tagged ‘industry’

I’ve been closely watching the news articles online and on twitter and have been posting them as well. It’s amazing the different views that get spread. How do you believe or agree to any of it. Good writers share their views in hopes of the public agreeing or seeing their point. But headings always sound like the worst case scenario, and news is almost never positive. The oil price is down. One article says CRASH!While the next says the drop is going to be beneficial. The dollar in Canada is down. The recession is coming again they say. The housing market is going to crash they say. I just read and commented on an article trying to sell people on fracking being as harmless as household chemicals because the new fad seems to be protesting anything to do with fracking, oil sands or pipeline expansion. People need jobs! People need heat, electricity, fuel for their cars, planes to ride to vacations, cook their food. I’m sure the protestors didn’t ride their bikes or walk to Fort Mac, or Vancouver. I like clean air and water too, but people need to understand it’s a very wealthy industry. Why put fear into people? Why try and make up b.s? People want and need information, and the internet is exploding with it. How do you know what to believe anymore with so many “Experts” telling you facts and fiction? It actually stresses me out! I’ll need to climb in a hole to clean my brain of all the mixed media. Life happens. There’s ups and downs. Just have to live, and be strong, Darwinism.

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With over 15 years in this industry I have seen many things change in regards to safety in this industry. It’s a slow progress in a positive direction for sure, yet Having taken the initiative to educate through University study courses in regards to occupational health and safety, I see there is still a lot of work to be done. There is a lack of education by employers to their staff. This may be from a result of the employers themselves not understanding or knowing enough about the hazards in their workplaces. I know I was guilty of this. The old hurry and “GIT ‘ER DONE” mentality is still being taught.

Now although many companies are proclaiming their safety records are improving and incidents occurred are at all time lows, which is great!… But there are many aspects over-looked when it comes to Chronic long term exposures. This could be from hearing loss from prolonged noise or cancer and symptoms that come later in life from chemical exposures. These are things that don’t affect a company’s safety Or workers insurance compensation ratings because they are hard for insurance companies and doctors to pin point at what point of time the degrading of hearing, or when the body had the exposure to these chemicals. This sadly becomes over looked in regards to safety.

Regulations are changing! But not fast enough. I know our industry is full of chemical exposures, and noise above the allowable decibel range. So why do we not implement better awareness? Better training for workers and corporate decision makers? I’ve seen the same lack of action or awareness at so many companies. We need to work on change and setting a new standard.

After all, the next generation of workers could already be affected, because of chemical exposure that workers take home on their clothes, skin and vehicles that now can leave effects on their families to expiate them. Benzene, silica, and asbestos, and many chemicals can be transported and It’s true it can start to harm your kids or family members. Educate yourself and educate your staff.

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