Workers Health & Safety Centre

AT THE SOURCE

Some of you may remember the publication aptly titled, At the Source as WHSC’s flagship magazine for years. This dedicated  web page hosts an archive of some of the more timeless At the Source articles. In the weeks and months to come, we will build on this archive, sharing through our new e-version of At the Source, feature stories in support of labour activists’ efforts to help create safer, healthier work for their fellow members and all workers. In the doing, we hope to inspire greater efforts still, for the job of preventing worker disability, disease and death, as ever, will take the collective strength of all workers and their representatives.

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RSI Awareness Day 2017 – Stopping the pain, doubling down on prevention
March 24, 2017

RSI Awareness Day 2017 – Stopping the pain, doubling down on prevention

Across Ontario workers attended annual RSI Awareness Day events and demanded action to tackle one of the greatest sources of work-related injury.
MOL releases Expert Panel report
January 07, 2011

MOL releases Expert Panel report

A much anticipated Expert Panel report reviewing Ontario’s health and safety prevention and enforcement systems has the potential to raise the bar considerably ...
Seeking Prevention <i>and</i> Justice
January 07, 2011

Seeking Prevention and Justice

The Expert Panel review of Ontario’s health and safety system was one of several responses to the deadly December 24, 2009 swing stage collapse.
Shift Work: Disrupting Workers' Health and Lives
January 07, 2011

Shift Work: Disrupting Workers' Health and Lives

Though shift work has long been considered an occupational hazard, its widespread and serious impact on worker health is becoming increasingly clear.
Labour and WHSC Resolved to Address - Certification Crisis
December 11, 2009

Labour and WHSC Resolved to Address - Certification Crisis

"How can you possibly cover in a day and a half all that a certified member needs to know to carry out their legal responsibilities?"
2009 WHSC Volunteer Activist Recognition
December 11, 2009

2009 WHSC Volunteer Activist Recognition

Great things can be accomplished when you set a goal and direct your efforts to achieving it. Even greater things can happen when ...
Cathy Cichonski: Helping all she can
December 11, 2009

Cathy Cichonski: Helping all she can

When it comes to health and safety training, Cathy Cichonski stands at the head of her class—literally.
Lynn Orzel: Training for solutions
December 11, 2009

Lynn Orzel: Training for solutions

Lynn Orzel believes “it’s only a matter of time.” It’s only a matter of time before legislation is passed in Ontario that will ...
Legislating Hazards: Take Time. Take Action.
September 14, 2009

Legislating Hazards: Take Time. Take Action.

Persistence pays, or at least it does when it comes to changing health, safety and environmental laws.
Joe Popadynetz:  Where Change Begins
September 14, 2009

Joe Popadynetz: Where Change Begins

“Knowledge is like a power tool. If used properly it can greatly improve the worksite,” says Joe Popadynetz.
IT TAKES THREE: Rights, Responsibility, Resolve
December 08, 2008

IT TAKES THREE: Rights, Responsibility, Resolve

To an educator the words, “Reading, ‘Riting and ‘Rithmetic” spring to mind. To the environmentalist “Reduce, Recycle and Reuse” are more familiar.
Kathy Yamich: Bringing health and safety to the table
December 08, 2008

Kathy Yamich: Bringing health and safety to the table

Although Kathy Yamich would have you believe she lacks workplace health and safety experience and “really hasn’t done much,” her record says otherwise.
Bob McCloskey: Making health and safety inspections a science
December 08, 2008

Bob McCloskey: Making health and safety inspections a science

Bob McCloskey’s road to health and safety activism began, like so many others, with a personal experience.
John Gillet: Driving violence out of the workplace
December 08, 2008

John Gillet: Driving violence out of the workplace

"Sometimes when I’m driving my bus I feel like I have a target on my head. I wonder if today’s the day someone is going to kick, punch, stab me or worse—spit in my face.”
WHSC Certification <i>SURGE</i>
August 18, 2008

WHSC Certification SURGE

"What is the measure of your workplace?" This is the question posed to thousands of workplace representatives in a recent WHSC direct mail package.
Dan Ublansky: Wise counsel, workers' advocate (1947-2008)
August 18, 2008

Dan Ublansky: Wise counsel, workers' advocate (1947-2008)

Dedicated. Insightful. Trusted. Dan Ublansky was all these and much more. Ask anyone who sought his wise counsel ...
Time to Get Ready
December 17, 2007

Time to Get Ready

It’s inevitable. And it’s imminent. So say the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).
Precaution for Prevention
October 26, 2007

Precaution for Prevention

Who among us hasn’t heard the phrases, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” or “better safe than sorry?”
Pam Mancuso: Practicing prevention
October 26, 2007

Pam Mancuso: Practicing prevention

More than 25 years ago during a short-lived job at Algoma Steel in Sault Ste. Marie, Pam Mancuso learned an invaluable lesson she holds on to today.
Derek Ferguson: Retooling workplace efforts
October 26, 2007

Derek Ferguson: Retooling workplace efforts

Derek Ferguson is a tool and die maker by trade. Operating a forklift isn’t part of his job but that didn’t stop him from learning those skills to help protect fellow workers.
Martha Villeda: Speaking for others
October 26, 2007

Martha Villeda: Speaking for others

Martha Villeda digs into her purse and pulls out a well-worn copy of the Occupational Health & Safety Act. Like Villeda, it’s been through a few battles.
Joe Massé:  Driving improvements
October 26, 2007

Joe Massé: Driving improvements

‘Doing the right thing’ is the simple yet powerful motto that motivates Joe Massé. It’s certainly what drives his efforts ...
Susan Bellefeuille: Training for change
October 26, 2007

Susan Bellefeuille: Training for change

Susan Bellefeuille glanced around the room at a recent Workers Health & Safety Centre instructor update session and not surprising, she recognized almost everyone.
Certified Success
July 18, 2007

Certified Success

Recognizing certified worker members of joint committees play a unique and pivotal role in Ontario workplaces, WHSC has long worked to support them.
Remembering Roger Ayres
July 18, 2007

Remembering Roger Ayres

Listen to friends and family talk of Roger Ayres and if you didn’t know Roger, you wish you had. “It didn’t matter who they were or where they worked ..."
Nancy Clark: More than one hat
November 09, 2006

Nancy Clark: More than one hat

“Nancy Clark is an inspiring health and safety advocate who leads by example”, observes Matt Root, president, Canadian Auto Workers (CAW), Local 555.
Steve Johnson: Training focused
November 09, 2006

Steve Johnson: Training focused

Algoma Steel has been in business for 103 years. Steve Johnson has been working there for 27 of them. This experience coupled with WHSC training ...
Stephanie Malinsky: Training is everything
November 09, 2006

Stephanie Malinsky: Training is everything

Stephanie Malinsky is a huge supporter of human rights. Whether it is the right of individuals with intellectual disabilities ...
Bill Tyndall: Mapping the future
November 09, 2006

Bill Tyndall: Mapping the future

What do you do when the plant you work in announces it is going to close down? If you are Bill Tyndall, you kick it into high gear ...
Rehya Yazbek: At the Source! Right Now!
November 09, 2006

Rehya Yazbek: At the Source! Right Now!

Rehya Yazbek’s approach to workplace health and safety is simple – if there is an issue let’s address it “at the source and right now.”
Your Workplace, Your Community, Your Role
November 24, 2005

Your Workplace, Your Community, Your Role

Working people have long been the foundation upon which workplaces and communities grow and prosper.
Ianthe
November 24, 2005

Ianthe "Violet" Stringer: Resident expert

When Ianthe “Violet” Stringer received the Individual Health and Safety Award at OPSEU's 2005 convention she was understandably thrilled.
Bob Price: Making it right
November 24, 2005

Bob Price: Making it right

For Bob Price, tackling the tough issues is a matter of course. But then you would expect this from someone who ...
Karen Vaughan: A legacy of caring
November 24, 2005

Karen Vaughan: A legacy of caring

You might say care-giving is in Karen Vaughan’s genes. A registered nurse at Maplewood Nursing Home in Brighton ...
Jacques Jean: Liaison to safety
November 24, 2005

Jacques Jean: Liaison to safety

After working 20 years in a sawmill in Opasatika, Ontario, Jacques Jean a former lumber grader has seen it all ― injuries, illness and death.
Bonnie McLaughlin: Stopping at nothing
November 24, 2005

Bonnie McLaughlin: Stopping at nothing

Bonnie McLaughlin may soon retire from her job of 39 years, but she says, “You can never retire from health and safety.”
Duroop Nandlal: Securing the job site
November 24, 2005

Duroop Nandlal: Securing the job site

It’s 3:00 p.m. on a sunny afternoon and Duroop Nandlal is answering health and safety questions from co-workers, casually passing on advice and inspecting work areas.
History – Ours for the Making
October 20, 2004

History – Ours for the Making

History often repeats itself, or so the saying goes. Health and safety activists have long known the pain and suffering ...
<i>OUR</i> lives, <i>OUR Act</i>, <i>OUR</i> power
October 20, 2004

OUR lives, OUR Act, OUR power

Even before most workers had the protection of the Occupational Health and Safety Act they fought to improve their working conditions.
Anthony Cutrone: Schooled in health and safety
October 20, 2004

Anthony Cutrone: Schooled in health and safety

Although he works for a french catholic school board in Windsor, Anthony Cutrone has been approached by fellow union members at an Ottawa school board.
Judith Searson: Calling for change
October 20, 2004

Judith Searson: Calling for change

Harassment, stress, pressure to meet demanding job quotas, and to top it off the occasional whistle and air horn blown into your ear.
Kevin Goodfellow: Advocating for injured workers
October 20, 2004

Kevin Goodfellow: Advocating for injured workers

To understand someone they say you have to walk a mile in their shoes or as Kevin Goodfellow says, “You have to put yourself in their boots.”
Sonia Reynolds: Serving her members
October 20, 2004

Sonia Reynolds: Serving her members

What began 24 years ago as a part-time high school job working in the laundry department of Sunnybrook Hospital would become a fulltime career.
Troy Tanner: Training first nations too
October 20, 2004

Troy Tanner: Training first nations too

"Education is a never-ending journey.” This is Troy Tanner’s approach to health and safety, one fueled with passion and conviction.
No Strain. All Gain.
April 02, 2004

No Strain. All Gain.

Repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) are a significant occupational health concern. According to a recent Statistics Canada survey ...
OFL Honouring the Past, Reclaiming the Present
December 15, 2003

OFL Honouring the Past, Reclaiming the Present

Sometimes revisiting the past empowers us to go boldly forward. More than 1,000 delegates to November’s OFL convention did just that ...
Christina Castellani: Leading by example
October 09, 2003

Christina Castellani: Leading by example

In less than five years Christina Castellani has helped write and deliver health and safety materials to hundreds of students and young workers,
James St. John: Building awareness
October 09, 2003

James St. John: Building awareness

Every Monday morning, James St. John, fellow worker rep, Jason Addison and management rep, Howie Sparks, conduct a workplace inspection.
Janice Klenot: Mapping prevention
October 09, 2003

Janice Klenot: Mapping prevention

Tiny stick-on dots cover an outline of the human body traced on a 7 foot piece of brown kraft paper. Janice Klenot keeps these as a reminder of the pain ...
Lesline Alleyne: On duty
October 09, 2003

Lesline Alleyne: On duty

Lesline Alleyne recalls the telephone call she received at home informing her that nursing colleague Nelia Laroza had succumbed to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
Mary Long: Speaking out
October 09, 2003

Mary Long: Speaking out

If you’re lucky, you live in Mary Long’s neighbourhood. Long recently completed training to become a community emergency response volunteer.
Peter Harkins: Worker Ally
October 09, 2003

Peter Harkins: Worker Ally

It’s nice to give something back to the community,” says a modest Peter Harkins.
Randy Harding: Tireless
October 09, 2003

Randy Harding: Tireless

Reading the local obituaries would be more insightful than Randy Harding realized. As a treasurer of USWA, Harding monitors ...
Where Change Begins
October 09, 2003

Where Change Begins

“Nothing endures but change.” – Heraclitus
This old adage implies that we live in a world of constant flux.
Art for Life
July 25, 2003

Art for Life

Parents of deceased young workers, labour leaders, government officials and others marked International Workers’ Day, May 1, with a formal dedication ceremony.
A River Runs Through Us
July 25, 2003

A River Runs Through Us

Water — it courses through our veins and our economy. Sixty-five per cent of the human body is comprised of water.
Working Upstream
April 07, 2003

Working Upstream

The growth in computer manufacturing is outpaced only by the rate owners discard their old units.
Field to Table to Field
April 07, 2003

Field to Table to Field

Sometimes language is a bridge not a barrier. At a unique training opportunity this spring a group of volunteer activists learned ...
Access Denied
April 07, 2003

Access Denied

Picking amputated fingers out of equipment at her machining plant was part of Heather McFadden’s role as a first aid attendant.
Sewing the Seeds of Hope
April 07, 2003

Sewing the Seeds of Hope

The D’Ascanio and Helgeson families are joined by others all sharing heart-rending stories about the workplace fatalities that claimed the lives of their beloved children.
Wayne LaFlamme:  Before His Time
April 07, 2003

Wayne LaFlamme: Before His Time

With voices raised and hands joined family and friends of Wayne LaFlamme concluded a funeral service in Wayne’s memory early last September.
Fueling the Future
December 16, 2002

Fueling the Future

“There are no jobs on a dead planet.” This chilling indictment cuts to the heart of current debate over the use of fossil fuels and their contribution to climate change.
Being Strategic
December 16, 2002

Being Strategic

At WHSC everyone’s opinion counts. Last fall they captured the opinions of staff, board of directors and key constituents to help set a course of action and specific goals for the next year.
LifeQuilt Encourages Partnerships from Coast to Coast
September 30, 2002

LifeQuilt Encourages Partnerships from Coast to Coast

From bereaved families in British Columbia to workers’ compensation advocates in Newfoundland, the LifeQuilt has become a means of creating unique partnerships.
Alternative Remedies
September 30, 2002

Alternative Remedies

A 6’ 4”, 300 lb., psychiatric patient busts through the door of his wardroom and appears to be headed straight for you and your co-workers at the nurses’ station.
Sonia Singh
September 30, 2002

Sonia Singh

Working as part of an international worker solidarity network Sonia Singh considers herself a ‘supportive ally’.
Melda Okoye
September 30, 2002

Melda Okoye

Melda Okoye doesn’t like to wait for change, she’d rather initiate it. Her passion she says stems from her own career-threatening back injuries.
Kathy Zador
September 30, 2002

Kathy Zador

No one was more surprised than Kathy Zador when one of her Grade 4 students jumped her from behind and grabbed her around the neck.
Jim Mahon
September 30, 2002

Jim Mahon

In fighting to protect his community from the potentially damaging impact of a waste plant incinerator, Jim Mahon gained some very useful skills.
Clarence MacPherson
September 30, 2002

Clarence MacPherson

For those who know Clarence MacPherson it should come as no surprise he adopted J.S. Woodsworth’s prayer as his personal mission statement.
Brent Borland
September 30, 2002

Brent Borland

Patience and persistence. Brent Borland has them in spades. The former base safety officer and current volunteer training officer ...
Moving Images
September 30, 2002

Moving Images

Images can evoke a multitude of emotions, from anger to joy. A powerful image may leave us speechless but it can also motivate us to act.
Sharing the Vision
December 10, 2001

Sharing the Vision

We envision hazard-free workplaces that prevent work-related injury, illness and death and promote the well-being of workers ...
Jack McCann
December 10, 2001

Jack McCann

Jack McCann believes the best way to make a difference is to have a stake in the decision- making process. Consequently McCann ...
Hector McLellan
December 10, 2001

Hector McLellan

Persistence. For Hector McLellan it’s a characteristic you need as a health and safety activist. “You take on a project that you believe in and you persist ..."
Doug Parry
December 10, 2001

Doug Parry

Doug Parry has twice experienced what any workplace health and safety activist will tell you is the most devastating of all their duties — investigating the death of a co-worker.
Chris Karuhanga
December 10, 2001

Chris Karuhanga

Chris Karuhanga considers himself a social activist and believes that to make a difference you need to speak out.
Brenda Laslo
December 10, 2001

Brenda Laslo

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow will ever stop Brenda Laslo from delivering an important prevention message. A letter carrier by trade, Laslo ...
Betty Alton
December 10, 2001

Betty Alton

“I am here to help in any way I can,” says Betty Alton. Alton, a member of the UFCW, Local 1000A, works at Loblaws ...
Activism Without Borders
December 10, 2001

Activism Without Borders

For many in our society, going to work and returning home safe and healthy is a given. For Dick Martin and countless others, this is another myth to be dispelled at all costs.
Val Erwin
March 07, 2001

Val Erwin

Law abiding citizens attend courthouses seeking justice. As such most of us associate these buildings with authority, stability and quite literally with the rule of law.
Jim Campbell
March 07, 2001

Jim Campbell

Jim Campbell is well rooted in the Windsor community. He grew up near the stamping plant where he now works, where as a kid he watched huge steel coils come and go.
Helen Baryluak
March 07, 2001

Helen Baryluak

Helen Baryluak will tell you, “I may have lost my sight, but I haven’t lost my vision.” Helen Baryluak is legally blind.
Doug Dutton
March 07, 2001

Doug Dutton

“It never hurts to get involved,” says health and safety activist Doug Dutton. It’s a simple motto but one that Dutton lives and works by.
Cynthia Kazadi
March 07, 2001

Cynthia Kazadi

At first meeting, one gets the impression Cynthia Kazadi can tackle almost anything. You get the sense she has just rushed from one activity ...
Are You Ready? We are.
March 07, 2001

Are You Ready? We are.

“In a world of deadlines let us offer you a lifeline.” This is the central message of the winter/spring 2001 issue of Training Works, a WHSC publication.
Making Connections
October 29, 1999

Making Connections

The canary has long been a powerful symbol of hazardous workplace conditions. In days of old, miners often carried canaries into coal mines.