Want to know more about Montreal? Start with Frenglish.

Many of us in the health and safety industry are packing our bags in preparation for AIHce, and hopefully we all remember our English-to-French dictionary, because we are off to Montreal, Canada.

Known for its meld of French and English culture, heritage, and even language, Montreal has embraced this quality. A must-visit blog for travelers to this historic city is the Montreal Gazette's Frenglish guide. The site provides stories, phrases, and places to visit that will interest anyone fluent in Frenglish or those new to the scene, like many of us visiting the city for AIHce from May 18 to 23.

With posts covering topics such as how to "speak Montreal" and understanding the unique blend of the English and French languages to videos about the multilingual lifestyle of some of the city's residents, this blog is an entertaining glimpse of Frenglish's lifestyle and evolution. It even includes a Wiki page compiling all the Frenglish phrases commonly used, for those of us who are clueless. (Reading the entries will enable you to answer correctly if a Montrealer casually asks, "Do you have a fire?")

One of the blog's most helpful tools is the interactive map showing which portions of the city speak either of the languages. Clicking around on the website and watching some of the videos gives you a look past basic tourism in the city to the everyday life of its residents.

So if you are preparing to visit AIHce or perhaps already have arrived, check out the blog and get ready to enjoy the city like a true Frenglish speaker.

Posted by Jessica Acklen on May 17, 2013

Industrial Hygiene Product Showcase

  • BAND V2

    BAND V2

    SlateSafety’s BAND V2 is the most rugged, easy-to-use connected safety wearable to help prevent heat stress incidents in the workplace. No additional hardware is needed to monitor large teams performing tough jobs across vast worksites. This physiological monitor worn on the upper-arm measures biometric data and sends real-time safety alerts when customized thresholds are met. BAND V2 includes a wide range of functionality such as worker physiological monitoring, real-time location status, automated work/rest cycles and more. Organizations can keep larger workforces safe with real-time, secure and transparent data. Stop by booth #408 at AIHce for a live demonstration! 3

  • The MGC Simple Plus

    The MGC Simple Plus

    The MGC Simple Plus is a simple-to-use, portable multi gas detector that runs continuously for three years without needing to be recharged or routinely calibrated after its initial charge and calibration during manufacturing. The detector reliably tests a worksite’s atmosphere for hydrogen sulfide, carbon monoxide, oxygen and combustible gases (LEL). Additionally, it is durable enough to withstand the harshest treatment and environments, which is why it has an IP 68 rating. The MGC Simple Plus is also compatible with a variety of accessories, such as Gas Clip Technologies’ new GCT External Pump. Visit gascliptech.com for more information. 3

  • Altec Sentry

    Altec Sentry

    Altec’s commitment to safety extends beyond the investments we make in designing and manufacturing equipment. Keeping crews safe on the job is important to us. For nearly 20 years, Altec Sentry has helped employees train and certify Altec equipment operators on safe and proper operation. We are committed to your safety and believe that industry-leading equipment deserves industry-leading training. That’s exactly what Altec Sentry provides. Altec Sentry has a unique array of training options designed to help employers qualify their operators to safely operate and properly maintain Altec equipment. We also provide preparatory courses and practical examinations for National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) crane and digger derrick operator certifications. 3