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Milwaukee expands battery pack warnings

July 6, 2017

In consultation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”), Milwaukee Tool has expanded the warnings and instructions of its M18 High Demand 9.0 battery pack (model no. 48-11-1890). The expanded product warnings address situations that could lead to a

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Bradley customizes offerings for industrial applications

June 7, 2017

Bradley Corp. has announced its Design On Demand program, offering customized services and products for industrial applications. Bradley’s business development experts help design plumbing systems according to customers’ needs and project goals. Bradley offers a range of plumbing products for

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ShuBee® SuperBee® Shoe Covers for the Service Industry Professional

November 28, 2016

ShuBee® SuperBee® Shoe Covers are the most skid resistant shoe covers on the market. Perfect for keeping your clients’ floors clean while working in the home. ShuBee® shoe covers are made bigger and better, specifically for service industry professionals and

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How homeowners have responded to Ontario’s CO alarm law

November 3, 2016

The Hawkins-Gignac Foundation commissioned a Home Owners’ CO Awareness Poll to provide insight into how Ontarians have been impacted by the new CO alarm law prior to CO Awareness Week, which runs from November 1 to 7. The Ipsos Poll

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Show Preview: Construct Canada 2016

October 26, 2016 by Doug Picklyk

The 28th annual Construct Canada show, the country’s largest building, design and construction event, will run Wednesday, November 30 through Friday, December 2 in downtown Toronto at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, located at the base of the CN Tower.

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ShuBee® Waterproof Shoe Covers for the Service Industry Professional

September 12, 2016

ShuBee® Waterproof Shoe Covers are perfect for keeping your clients’ floors clean when working in wet and muddy environments. ShuBee® shoe covers are made bigger and better, specifically for service industry professionals and fit up to a size 18 work

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Ventilation fan recall involves over 200 units

June 2, 2016

Broan-NuTone has recalled some of its ventilation units due to a fire hazard with a fan recall involving L500 series fans. The fans have the model information printed on the specification label affixed to the blower assembly. Fan models in

Product Health & Safety

ShuBee® Waterproof Shoe Covers for the Service Industry Professional

May 16, 2016

ShuBee® Waterproof Shoe Covers are perfect for keeping your clients’ floors clean when working in wet and muddy environments. ShuBee® shoe covers are made bigger and better, specifically for service industry professionals and fit up to a size 18 work

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Waterproof Shoe Covers

February 8, 2016

ShuBee® Waterproof Shoe Covers are perfect for wet muddy conditions and keeping your clients home clean. These shoe covers have a bigger and better, skid-resistant design made specifically for service industry professionals. Contact ShuBee® at 866.670.0908

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Charges to be laid in Toronto for disabling a carbon monoxide alarm

December 1, 2015

The City of Toronto’s Fire Services will charge the owner of a home for allegedly disabling a carbon monoxide alarm. The decision follows an incident last week that sent three people to hospital. The Ontario Fire Code prohibits disabling carbon

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Health Canada issues advisory pertaining to propane gas

October 30, 2015

Health Canada issued an advisory on October 30, 2015 regarding propane gas manufactured by Crescent Point Energy and distributed by companies throughout Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Some of the propane may not contain or may contain an insufficient amount of mercaptan.

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Outbreak prompts New York to follow ASHRAE’s Legionella standard

September 7, 2015

New York city council has adopted legislation that requires adherence to part of ASHRAE’s newly published Legionella standard. This change in legislation follows 120 cases of infection due to Legionellosis and 12 confirmed deaths from the infection. New York has

Employers must have a strategy to manage issues around medical marijuana.
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Your new drug plan

August 1, 2015 by Joe Terrett

Medicinal weed is moving into the mainstream and employers must have a strategy in place to manage the inevitable issues.

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BC Safety Authority calls for Technology Advisory Committee member applications

June 3, 2015

The BC Safety Authority is recruiting members for its Gas Technology Advisory Committee. This committee is a formal advisory group that provides a forum for industry feedback on gas safety issues. The Gas Technology Advisory Committee is looking for expertise

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WHMIS phasing in changes to adopt international standards

May 21, 2015

The Canada-wide Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is changing to adopt new, international standards for classifying hazardous chemicals and providing information on labels and safety data sheets. These new international standards are part of the Globally Harmonized System for

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Ontario Ministry of Labour defines “supervisor” responsibilities

May 12, 2015

The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) defines a supervisor as a person who has charge of a workplace or authority over a worker. This is a broad definition that can apply to many different people in a workplace, including

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Material handling safety blitz yields scores of infractions

February 5, 2015

From September 15 to October 26, 2014, Ontario’s Ministry of Labour inspectors conducted 841 visits to 701 workplaces and issued 3263 orders under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and its regulations. This included 130 stop work orders. Some of

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Prepare for changes to WHMIS

December 23, 2014

Data Sheets and Hazard Symbols may start appearing on construction sites in the spring 2015.

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Minimize The Risk Of Legionella In Building Plumbing Supply Systems

December 1, 2014 by DEREK BOWER

In the plumbing industry in the North America, there is an increasing focus on water quality and waterborne pathogens. For public water systems, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates 88 different contaminants, including microbial contaminants, disinfection by-products, organic and inorganic

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Safety, Savings and Sustainability

December 1, 2014 by RON AUVIL

Simple test offers several benefits.

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Fourth public review for Legionellosis Standard

October 27, 2014

A fourth version of ASHRAE’s proposed Standard 188P, Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems, is open for public comment until November 10, 2014. The standard, which will establish minimum legionellosis risk management requirements for building water systems, is intended

The identification plate found near the gas valve of the hot water heater shows the model number, the manufacturing date and the unit's serial number.
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Giant and Best Canadian hot water heater voluntary recall due to risk of fire or explosion

October 24, 2014

Usines Giant Factories Inc. has issued a voluntary recall for atmospheric gas water heater models (natural gas or propane) in 30, 40, 50 or 60 gallon capacities. The Giant and Best Canadian hot water heaters, which are manufactured in Canada, are

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CO alarms mandatory in all Ontario homes

October 16, 2014

Province now one of two jurisdictions to pass carbon monoxide laws

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Be Aware Of Potential Risks

October 1, 2014 by MICHAEL GLASCO

Just how much of a threat is asbestos to mechanical contractors?

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Take A List – Check It Twice

October 1, 2014 by Adam

Step-by-step annual servicing of gas appliances.

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Weil-McLain recalls Ultra Series Gas Boilers

June 12, 2014

Joint recall issued with Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) and Weil-McLain

Rajan Rajendran is vice president of engineering services and sustainability with Emerson.
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Exciting and challenging times ahead for supermarket refrigeration

March 18, 2014

Natural refrigerants the focus of pre-CMPX symposium

John Gignac (left) founder of the Hawkins-Gignac Foundation with ClimateCare past president Dave Murtland of D&B ClimateCare in Simcoe, ON.
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Co-operative launches CO monitor give away with maintenance signup

February 5, 2014

ClimateCare, a co-operative of 35 heating & air conditioning companies across Ontario, recently donated $500 to the Hawkins-Gignac Foundation to raise awareness of carbon monoxide (CO) dangers and to promote compulsory CO monitors in all homes. John Gignac, founder of the Foundation and

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Possible air pressure switch failure prompts action

January 29, 2014

Joint recall with Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission and U.S. Boiler Company.

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Six recipients announced for BC Safety Authority’s Lieutenant Governor Safety Award

November 15, 2013

Six recipients from several sectors have been selected to receive BC’s highest safety honour at BC Safety Authority’s 8th annual Lieutenant Governor Safety Awards. The awards, which will be presented by BC Safety Authority on December 2, 2013 at the River Rock