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Get to Know "The Big Three" Core Exercises for a Healthy Spine

April 03, 2017 in Health and Wellness and Injury Prevention

Most Canadians have experienced lower back pain or dysfunction at some stage in their lives. This nagging pain may have kept them from the activities they enjoy and affected their quality of life. While many back injuries may be caused by trauma, lower back pain or injury may occur because of poor spinal stability or improper mechanics of the spine. It may even be caused by subtle repetitive movements or positions that cause damage over time. The good news? With a bit of time and effort, you can help reduce the chances of spinal injury or pain with “the Big Three” core exercises.

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Four Things to Know Ahead of Cannabis Legalization

March 23, 2017 in Health and Wellness, Industry News, and Injury Prevention

Although legalization of cannabis in Canada is expected to go ahead this spring, employer education remains a missing but necessary part of the legalization equation. Employers must adapt to legalization in a way that respects workers’ rights while maintaining a safe, healthy working environment.

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3 Reasons We Need More Women in Skilled Trades

March 08, 2017 in Industry News and Special Days and Observances

International Women’s Day is a day to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of women while making strides toward equality. This IWD, we acknowledge that gender equality in the workplace is still not a reality. It’s a sad truth that women continue to face barriers to accessing equal opportunities in the working world across a wide swath of professions. This is especially true in male-dominated fields like construction, resource extraction, carpentry, and other skilled trades.

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Safety and the Aging Workforce

February 22, 2017 in Health and Wellness and Injury Prevention

Our working population is getting older. Since 2001, the proportion of workers over the age of 55 has spiked, and seems to still be on the rise. According to some projections, by 2021 nearly one-quarter of the working population may be 55 or older (compared to 10% in 2001 and 17% in 2009). Like any demographic trend, the aging workforce will be accompanied by a range of challenges and benefits. Here’s how you can manage both effectively.

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Heart Health at SureHire

February 14, 2017 in Health and Wellness and Special Days and Observances

During the month of February, you may see friends, co-workers and fellow Canadians wearing red to promote Heart Health Month. This 28-day long month will help bring awareness to a disease that is the second leading cause of death in Canada and is responsible for 17.3 million deaths worldwide every year. The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy lifestyle choices and manage their medical conditions properly.

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How Lead Health Monitoring Can Save Lives

February 06, 2017 in Health and Wellness and SureHire News

SureHire now offers lead health monitoring, a medical surveillance program designed to protect the health of workers who may be exposed to lead. You may already be aware of lead’s toxicity and the harmful effect it can have on people who ingest or inhale it. Implementing a lead health program can help protect your workforce from the harmful effects of exposure.

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Hepatitis: Risk Factors, Symptoms, & Prevention

January 31, 2017 in Health and Wellness

Hepatitis is known as a “silent disease” because symptoms may not appear until considerable damage to the liver has been done. Early diagnosis and treatment can help to lessen damage to the liver and can prevent you from spreading the virus to others unknowingly. Prevention of hepatitis is the key and, fortunately, there are many steps Canadians can take to protect themselves.

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New Year, New Policy: Crafting an Effective Drug and Alcohol Policy in 2017

January 24, 2017 in Drug and Alcohol Testing and Injury Prevention

A new year always brings a fresh perspective and the opportunity to revisit, reset, and re-evaluate. For some employers, the New Year might mean revisiting out-of-date policies that have been collecting dust on the shelf. If you are revitalizing some old policies this year, you should make sure your drug and alcohol policy makes the list: 2017 will be a busy year for changes in drug-related technologies and legislation, and it’s essential to make sure your policy reflects the most up-to-date changes.

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Calgary Pilot's Arrest brings Drug and Alcohol Policies Under Scrutiny

January 12, 2017 in Drug and Alcohol Testing and Industry News

On December 31, a pilot was arrested in Calgary after he was discovered unconscious in the cockpit of an aircraft that was just minutes from its scheduled takeoff. Many are wondering: how did this irresponsible pilot come so close to flying?

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Asbestos Ban in the Works for 2018

January 07, 2017 in Health and Wellness and Industry News

The government of Canada has announced that it will be introducing a comprehensive ban on the use, production, and export of asbestos, the cancer-causing mineral that until recently was a commonly used building material. The substance has already been banned in around 50 countries worldwide, prompting Health Minister Jane Philpott to admit that the move toward a comprehensive asbestos ban is “long overdue.”

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