Friday, January 12, 2007

Work Place Dangers

Our office recently got a call from a government bureaucrat informing us that NCC employees needed training.

Get this: the law requires us to be educated as to how to properly handle "hazardous materials".

We assumed at first it was a mistake.

After all, this is an office not a chemical plant. The closest thing we have to a hazardous material is the cologne one of my co-workers splashes over his body.

But no according to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Workplace Harzardous Material Information System, such items as liquid paper, toner for copiers and any cleaning product are deemed to be hazardous materials.

I wonder how I have survived this long.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

another example of our provincial taxdollars hard at work.

hoodwinked said...

Making light of the alleged health threats posed by cologne could cause you and your colleagues future harassment-related headaches, Gerry...I have friends and colleagues that have already faced related "workplace" intimidation and recriminations.

Remember how the smoke-free workplace push similarly began years ago? Scent-free workplaces are today's politically-correct "workplace health & safety" agenda.

Read THIS and don't say I didn't try to forewarn you (again), Gerry:
Scents: Canadian Lung Association

You might find the linked content included in this segment particularly enlightening:
"For more information on how to create and implement scent-free policies, please consult Developing a Scent-free Policy for the Workplace

Perhaps our governing Nannies du jour should just mandate people-free workplaces and be done with all this "patchwork protectionism"...consult with your union rep as the pdf suggests...