Spring Forward

Spring is here! Besides unpredictable weather and getting adjusted to the recent time change, this is also the opportunity to refresh your workspace and your OH&S program. Spring is the season for new beginnings. 

April is known to have longer and warmer days, it’s the pathway from our winter dormancy. The month of April comes from the Latin word “aperio” which means “to open” as the plants begin to grow. To help rejuvenate your team from the winter blues, you can provide a more nature-oriented space, and April is the perfect time to do that.  

  1. Create a picnic area or revamped it if there is one – When the weather is nice, your team could enjoy having coffee breaks or lunch time in that space. Spending time outdoors has been shown to reduce stress, thus improving well-being.
  1. Warm weather hazards – Exposure to the sun for a long time can burn the skin. Create a space for shade by adding trees and plants, or even an umbrella or a canopy tent.  
  1. Planning outdoor activities – The weather in April is good for some outdoor activities such as aerobic exercise sessions, walking club, team sports and exploring the work area. Walking in nature could help relieve stress.

Canada in April

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Some parts of Canada will still have snow and be cold, while other places will experience warm and sunny days in April. The weather affects outdoor activities, so plan accordingly. Check the forecast and try to be prepared for the changing weather. Take extra time if necessary to ensure safety and make sure everyone has the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the job. 

Other important factors must be considered such as sector, safety standards, equipment, training, etc. to keep everyone safe within the various industries. 

  • Agriculture
  • Aviation
  • Construction
  • Forestry and fishing
  • Health Care
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Oil and Gas
  • Transportation
  • Welding

Whatever industry you might be working in, the weather could be a challenge, especially in the winter. The spring season can bring with it; rain or wind, which increases the potential for injury. Strong winds can lead to power outages, transportation problems and incidents. Working in the rain could increase your chance for slips, trips, and fall hazards. Try to avoid working in inclement weather and postpone any unnecessary activity. 

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By Gabriela Mancas, Occupational Health, and Safety Consultant 

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