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Updated: Ontario declares a provincial emergency

The following excerpts from the Enhancing Public Health and Workplace Safety Measures in the Provincewide Shutdown, January 12, 2021 are particularly relevant to the industry. A link to the full document is provided below. Supply chain Businesses that supply businesses or places that are permitted to open within Ontario, or that supply…

COVID-19 Ontario-wide shutdown announced

Today's announcement regarding COVID 19 restrictions places  all of Ontario in the grey zone, meaning essential services only.  The restrictions start at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, December 26, 2020. The restrictions are in effect for all of Ontario from Saturday, December 26, 2020 to Saturday, January 9, 2021. Public health unit regions in…

Reaching a post-OCOT solution proves challenging

The Ontario government is changing the supervising system for the skilled trades sector. The Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) is being eliminated ─ the question is what will replace it? Contractors, wholesalers and manufacturers from across Ontario shared their insights, concerns and ideas with HRAI during three consultation sessions held…

Cut 1 PU coated gloves

Protective gloves from Ballistik have a seamless 15 gauge nylon liner and durable polyurethane palm dipped coating. The gloves are lightweight with an extended cuff for improved dexterity. They are available in sizes from 6 to 11. www. ballistik.ca

Oscillating multi-tool

The M12 FUEL oscillating multi-tool from Milwaukee Tool uses the company’s Powersafe brushless motor. The tool has an oscillation angle of 3.9 degrees and operates at 10,000 to 20,000 OPM. The company’s Redlink Plus Intelligence hardware and software enables full-circle communication between the tool and battery. Additional features…

Thermal imager

Built with dual visual and visual/ thermal (MSX) cameras combined with an IR thermometer, the Extech IRC130 is designed to locate potential issues using a coaxial distance-to-spot guidance laser. The unit will store up to 50,000 JPEG files that can be transferred via USB. It will measure temperatures up to 1,202°F (650°C).…

Work gloves

Milwaukee Tool’s Leather Performance Gloves offer the same design as the company’s Performance Gloves with an added leather palm for durability. The palms are made from soft, top-grain goatskin leather and the back features a breathable, lightweight design. The gloves have a moisture wicking terry cloth sweat wipe on the thumb and…

Thermal camera

The FLIR TG267 Thermal Camera allows users to identify and evaluate the hot and cold spots that can indicate potential faults with electrical connections and mechanical equipment. The company’s MSX image enhancement system embosses visual scene details to add context to thermal  images. It uses Bluetooth connectivity, can store up to…

Thermal imaging for detecting elevated body temperature

Can thermal cameras be used to detect a virus or an infection? The quick answer to this question is no, but thermal imaging cameras can be used to detect elevated body temperature (EBT).  FLIR thermal cameras have been used in public spaces — such as airports, train terminals, businesses, factories, and concerts — as an effective…

Drain cleaner 

General Pipe Cleaners’ portable JM-1000 Mini- Jet is available with stainless steel braid/Teflon core hoses in a variety of lengths. Designed to clear grease, sand and ice from 1-1/2” to 3” drain lines with high-pressure, wall-to-wall water spray, the unit operates at 1,500 psi and weighs 23 lb. It is built with a diamond plate metal case…
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