“To make the communities in St. Thomas-Elgin the safest place to live, work and play in Canada”
Most people know about poison ivy, but there is a new, much more poisonous plant invading Ontario’s outdoors and putting workers at risk. It’s called giant hogweed. Use this article as a safety talk to inform your workers about the hazards.
Who’s at risk
Outdoor workers in southern Ontario can encounter giant hogweed near roadsides, streams, vacant lots, and waste areas.
What it looks like
Giant hogweed is a tall plant that grows up to an astonishing five metres high. Small whisker-like hairs and reddish-purple spots cover its stem. From June to August, it produces a white flower that resembles an umbrella and can stretch one metre wide.
How it can it hurt you
Various parts of the plant, including stems and leaves, release a clear watery sap that is extremely toxic:
How to control the hazard
Employers and supervisors: Before work starts, notify workers about giant hogweed in the area and how it can hurt them.
Workers and others:
What to do if you’re exposed
The St. Thomas Fire Department with the support of St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital and all Elgin County fire departments are launching a new smoke alarm initiative: SAFE (Smoke Alarms For Every) Baby. The goal is to provide a fire safe environment for all newborns in Elgin County. A letter will be included in the new baby package mothers receive, inviting them to call their local fire department and they will receive a free fire safety audit and smoke alarm.
As a bonus on a baby’s first birthday, they will replace your smoke alarm batteries free of charge.
To arrange a free fire safety audit, please call your local fire department below.
|Central Elgin||519-631-4860 x 249|
|Dutton / Dunwich||519-762-2008|
|West Elgin / Rodney||519-785-0771|
|West Elgin / West Lorne||519-785-0560|
Know of someone who does NOT wear a seat belt? Save a Friend has 15 graphic videos that show what can happen when someone does not wear their seat belt. These powerful videos may not be suitable for all audiences as some may be disturbing to young children and some adults. They will make you think about the consequences of not buckling up.
To comply with current Occupational Health and Safety regulations in Ontario, employers must provide workers with many types of safety training. To support safe workplaces and employees working safely, Safe Communities Canada has developed on-line safety training packages found in the section “Safe Communities Campus”. The Safe Communities Campusprovides recognized on-line Occupational Health and Safety training that meets established safety standards. When your company purchases this safety training your company can support your local Safe Community by directing a portion of the course fees to the St. Thomas Elgin Safe Communities Committee . These funds will be used to provide safety initiatives, for example bike rodeos for youth. With your support, we can make St. Thomas and Elgin the safest communities in which to live, learn, work and play.