Karoly Ban Matei

After completing a bachelor degree in Economics with a major in Management, Karoly spent a few years working as an economist in his native country before immigrating to Canada. His background in practicing and facilitating extreme sports (climbing, spelunking, parachuting), gave him a good understanding of how to control and mitigate hazards, so he soon switched his career to occupational health and safety.

Early on his new journey, while training fall protection, he saw the influence he had on his trainees and realized how much he could learn from them. He used this knowledge to improve the health and safety system of the organization he was working for and discovered that this is what he enjoys the most: developing and improving health and safety programs.

Karoly has worked at a senior level (both as an employee and a contractor) for organizations in the construction and manufacturing industries. He likes to say that he knows something about everything, but not everything about something. This motivates him to continuously learn new things. As you learn you gain new perspectives that push you to change and improve, so it comes as no surprise that his favorite quote is: “Change before you have to!”

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Oil processing Oil processing Oil processing Oil processing


Oil and gas workers face numerous hand hazards. Learn about cut resistant gloves suitable for the industry.

Workers in hi-vis vests Workers in hi-vis vests Workers in hi-vis vests Workers in hi-vis vests


It's often easy to overlook the basics. Learn about five effective PPE solutions that can prevent or reduce the severity of common...

The different types of cooling PPE The different types of cooling PPE The different types of cooling PPE The different types of cooling PPE


Cooling PPE can help you prevent heat stress, but not all of it works in the same way. Find out which type is best for your work...

Welding apparel Welding apparel Welding apparel Welding apparel


You know about welders' masks and gloves, but do you know what else you need to wear to stay safe on the job?

Hearing Protection PPE: Beyond the Basics Hearing Protection PPE: Beyond the Basics Hearing Protection PPE: Beyond the Basics Hearing Protection PPE: Beyond the Basics


Earplugs and earmuffs look like simple safety gear, but there's quite a bit to know about them. Find out how to use them effectively.

Eye and face PPE Eye and face PPE Eye and face PPE Eye and face PPE


Damage to the eye is often significant and irreversible. Learn how to keep them safe.

Getting the most out of your safety software Getting the most out of your safety software Getting the most out of your safety software Getting the most out of your safety software


Paying for more features than you need doesn't make sense. Find out how to convince management to get the right safety software.

Footwear to prevent slips, trips, and falls Footwear to prevent slips, trips, and falls Footwear to prevent slips, trips, and falls Footwear to prevent slips, trips, and falls


Not all safety shoes and boots provide protection against slips and trips. Find out how to select footwear that will keep you safe and...

Spilled oil drum Spilled oil drum Spilled oil drum Spilled oil drum


Spill control measures are important for any business that stores or uses large quantities of oil or chemicals. Learn how to do spill...

Tips for bump testing gas monitors Tips for bump testing gas monitors Tips for bump testing gas monitors Tips for bump testing gas monitors


Bump tests are essential for ensuring the day-to-day function of gas monitors. This article covers key things you need to know about bump...

How to deliver fall protection training How to deliver fall protection training How to deliver fall protection training How to deliver fall protection training


Training is an important element of fall protection, but are you doing it right? Find out how to deliver effective fall safety training.

What you need to know about rescuing fallen workers What you need to know about rescuing fallen workers What you need to know about rescuing fallen workers What you need to know about rescuing fallen workers


A fall protection system arresting a worker's fall is only the first step in keeping fallen workers safe. Learn more about fall rescue.

How to wash flame-resistant clothing How to wash flame-resistant clothing How to wash flame-resistant clothing How to wash flame-resistant clothing


Washing your FR clothing the wrong way can compromise its flame-resistant properties. Learn how to wash your protective clothing so you...

Small steps sometimes make the biggest difference to your safety culture Small steps sometimes make the biggest difference to your safety culture Small steps sometimes make the biggest difference to your safety culture Small steps sometimes make the biggest difference to your safety culture


A safety culture is built out of small nudges, not huge changes. Here are 8 that can get you on the right track.

Building a safety culture in construction is challenging - but not impossible. Building a safety culture in construction is challenging - but not impossible. Building a safety culture in construction is challenging - but not impossible. Building a safety culture in construction is challenging - but not impossible.


Construction companies face a number of challenges when it comes to developing a safety culture. Find out what you can do to do overcome...

Controlling silica exposure levels on your worksite Controlling silica exposure levels on your worksite Controlling silica exposure levels on your worksite Controlling silica exposure levels on your worksite


Crystalline silica is a common workplace hazard that can lead to serious chronic conditions. Find out how to keep your workers safe from it.

Chemical-resistant gloves Chemical-resistant gloves Chemical-resistant gloves Chemical-resistant gloves


Keeping your hands safe from chemical exposure means using gloves made from the right materials. Find out which materials you need.

How to select chemical-resistant clothing How to select chemical-resistant clothing How to select chemical-resistant clothing How to select chemical-resistant clothing


Not sure where to start when selecting chemical protective clothing? This article will guide you through the process and cover what you...

Multi-language workplaces require careful training methods Multi-language workplaces require careful training methods Multi-language workplaces require careful training methods Multi-language workplaces require careful training methods


Multi-language workplaces come with some additional safety challenges. Find out how to communicate safety to everyone and mitigate the...

Do employers pay for all PPE? Do employers pay for all PPE? Do employers pay for all PPE? Do employers pay for all PPE?


Who pays for the PPE? The employees who wear and care for it, or the employers who require it? Find out what the regulations say.

Standardized forklift hand signals Standardized forklift hand signals Standardized forklift hand signals Standardized forklift hand signals


Forklift hand signals can prevent the most common causes of fatal forklift accidents. Find out what they are and who should use them.

Fall, electrouction, struck by, and caught-in or caught between hazards account for most construction fatalities Fall, electrouction, struck by, and caught-in or caught between hazards account for most construction fatalities Fall, electrouction, struck by, and caught-in or caught between hazards account for most construction fatalities Fall, electrouction, struck by, and caught-in or caught between hazards account for most construction fatalities


OSHA's Fatal Four account for 65% of all fatalities in the construction industry. Find out what steps you can take to keep workers safe...

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What are some of the guidelines around using back support belts in the workplace? What are some of the guidelines around using back support belts in the workplace? What are some of the guidelines around using back support belts in the workplace? What are some of the guidelines around using back support belts in the workplace?


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), back injuries have a high prevalence in the workplace and cost the...

Cooling towel Cooling towel Cooling towel Cooling towel


Working in hot environments presents its challenges, one of which heat exhaustion and heat stroke. According to OSHA, heat stroke was the...

Should I use a protective jacket or an apron to stay safe during welding work? Should I use a protective jacket or an apron to stay safe during welding work? Should I use a protective jacket or an apron to stay safe during welding work? Should I use a protective jacket or an apron to stay safe during welding work?


Welding presents many burning hazards. Recently welded materials, welding spatter, and radiation can all cause painful and unpleasant burns...

Slip-resistant safety footwear Slip-resistant safety footwear Slip-resistant safety footwear Slip-resistant safety footwear


Safety footwear is an important part of your day-to-day PPE. You depend on it not only to protect you from the impact of heavy objects but...

Primary spill containment receptacles Primary spill containment receptacles Primary spill containment receptacles Primary spill containment receptacles


When storing oil and hazardous chemicals, we are obliged under the law (EPA, OSHA, NIOSH, NOAA, and so forth) to ensure that these...

Chemical spill Chemical spill Chemical spill Chemical spill


Spill containment regulations in the United States are not governed by a single institution, but are shared among OSHA, EPA, US Coast Guard...

At what points do heights become deadly? At what points do heights become deadly? At what points do heights become deadly? At what points do heights become deadly?


According to the World Health Organization, falls are the one of the leading cause of traumatic death in the world (second only to traffic...

Who should be responsible for rescuing fallen workers? Who should be responsible for rescuing fallen workers? Who should be responsible for rescuing fallen workers? Who should be responsible for rescuing fallen workers?


A quick review of current legislation and best practices will reveal that there is no consensus regarding who should be responsible for...

What detergent can you use to wash FR clothing? What detergent can you use to wash FR clothing? What detergent can you use to wash FR clothing? What detergent can you use to wash FR clothing?


Though there might be a debate over how often to wash FR clothing, it is impossible to avoid entirely. Like any other garment, FR clothing...

What is the one change we should make tomorrow to improve our safety culture? What is the one change we should make tomorrow to improve our safety culture? What is the one change we should make tomorrow to improve our safety culture? What is the one change we should make tomorrow to improve our safety culture?


Whether or not your corporation believes in implementing a safety culture, it's important for all levels of an organization to be...

What can we do about the language barriers in our workplace? What can we do about the language barriers in our workplace? What can we do about the language barriers in our workplace? What can we do about the language barriers in our workplace?


There are over 26 million foreign workers in the United States whose first language is not English. This is a significant proportion of the...

What is respirable crystalline silica and how does it impact workplace health and safety? What is respirable crystalline silica and how does it impact workplace health and safety? What is respirable crystalline silica and how does it impact workplace health and safety? What is respirable crystalline silica and how does it impact workplace health and safety?


What Is Silica?Silica is by far the most abundant mineral on the planet, making up around 26% of the Earth’s crust by weight.Most of...

Selecting cold weather gloves Selecting cold weather gloves Selecting cold weather gloves Selecting cold weather gloves


According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are over 110,000 lost time injuries every year and over 1,000,000 workers sent to the...

Whose responsibility is it to select the appropriate chemical protective clothing? Whose responsibility is it to select the appropriate chemical protective clothing? Whose responsibility is it to select the appropriate chemical protective clothing? Whose responsibility is it to select the appropriate chemical protective clothing?


When working with hazardous chemicals, proper controls should be put in place to minimize employee exposure to these substances. While it...

What is the difference between single use, limited use, and reusable chemical protective garments? What is the difference between single use, limited use, and reusable chemical protective garments? What is the difference between single use, limited use, and reusable chemical protective garments? What is the difference between single use, limited use, and reusable chemical protective garments?


Chemical protective clothing is, according to OSHA's Technical Manual (Section VIII, Chapter 1), equipment designed to "shield or...