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Ottawa, Ont. - A new Statistics Canada report says Ontario lost about 41,000 manufacturing jobs in July as part of the worst single-month drop since the early 1990s.
Dedham, Mass. - The market for safety instrumented systems (SIS) will continue its strong growth pattern for the rest of the year, says a new study. But will the North American economic downturn slow that growth in the next few years?
Toronto – The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) has released two new studies comparing work conditions and injury rates between immigrants and workers born in Canada.The studies found that not only are immigrants to Canada more likely to have poorer job situations, but men are also twice as likely to sustain workplace injuries that require medical care compared with men born in Canada. "Immigrants with five or fewer years in Canada are more likely to have higher qualifications than their jobs require, to have physically demanding jobs and to work fewer hours than they want to," says Dr. Peter Smith, a scientist at IWH and the lead researcher of both studies. New immigrants are also less likely to have supervisory responsibilities, to be unionized or to have access to employment benefits."It is surprising that we know so little about this issue, given that immigrants will account for all labour force growth in Canada over the next five to six years," he adds. "Currently, provincial workers' compensation agencies don't collect information on the immigrant status of injured workers, and the surveys we looked at were not designed specifically to answer these questions."The research also shows that conditions may be worse for certain types of immigrants–and may linger for years. Immigrants who are visible minorities, whose mother tongue is not English, or whose highest degree is from outside Canada are more likely to be overqualified, to lack supervisory responsibilities and to be underemployed. Up to 20 years later, immigrants are still less likely to receive non-wage benefits or be unionized.
Ottawa, Ont. - Manufacturing sales in Canada have posted their biggest gain since March 2007, according to a new Statistics Canada report.
Research Triangle Park, N.C. – ISA and the Automation Standards Compliance Institute (ASCI) are introducing three certificate programs that will increase knowledge and awareness of the ISA84 standard.
Mississauga, Ont. - Canadaís Industrial Accident Prevention Association has earned a prestigious award for its First 4 Weeks training program.
Dedham, Mass. – The low power AC drives market is continuing its strong worldwide growth, according to a new ARC Advisory Group study.
Toronto"- Ontario has achieved a 20 percent reduction in the annual rate of workplace injuries.According to the Ontario Ministry of Labour, a compliance program that ran from April 1, 2004 to March 31, 2008 reduced the workplace injury rate by 20 percent, or more than 50,000 incidents. Because of this drop in the annual rate of lost time injuries, employers have avoided about $5 billion in direct and indirect costs during the four years ending March 31, 2008. Reduced injuries also result in less strain on the health care system, and fewer workers off the job means increased productivity for Ontarioís economy. After releasing the numbers, the McGuinty government announced that it will launch a new four year plan called Safe At Work Ontario. The new strategic plan will emphasize both the safety of Ontario workers and the increased productivity that safe workplaces bring to Ontario's economy."The goal of the plan is to enforce the Occupational Health and Safety Act while educating workers about the importance of workplace safety and lessening the burden on the health care system. To achieve this, inspectors will work with employers to develop a stronger health and safety culture."The McGuinty government and its workplace partners are committed to eliminating all workplace injuries," says Ontario Labour Minister Brad Duguid. "Workers have a right to come home each day to their families, safe and sound."
Frankfurt, Germany – Operators of injection moulding machinery in Europe and North America will work with the same safety instructions in the future, according to a new report by manufacturers' association Euromap. The Euromap 64, 68 and 69 pictograms that stand for "warning signs," "prohibition signs" and "mandatory activity" respectively have been adapted to conform to the newest version of the U.S. standard AN-137 (V.3.4; 2008).The association said the safety instructions also can be used for other plastics and rubber machinery.
Boston, Mass. - A security flaw in a popular piece of SCADA software could be exposing the worldís manufacturing plants, gas refineries and industrial facilities to attack.
Ottawa, Ont. - Manufacturers with innovative new technologies may want to hurry and apply for the 2008 Regional Innovation Awards Program from Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters.
Toronto, Ont. - The Little Geeks Foundation, a not-for-profit that collects, refurbishes and re-distributes donated home and corporate computers, announced it will give away 200 donated computers to underprivileged children in the Greater Toronto Area.
Ottawa, Ont. - The manufacturing sector in Canada dropped more than expected in March, with shipments falling by 1.6 per cent to $49 billion, according to Statistics Canada.
Calgary, Alta. - Careers in Manufacturing recently presented the Calgary Manufacturing Industryís Best Employer Awards to six Calgary businesses in recognition of their business excellence in creating progressive, safe and innovative environments.
Research Triangle Park, N.C. - The ISA100.11a working group within the ISA100 Committee has officially begun its first letter ballot on its draft standard, the first in the ISA100 universal family of wireless standards.
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