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Overdose Awareness Day

August 31, 2016 in

Every year on August 31, the world observes Overdose Awareness Day and remembers those who have died or been injured as a result of a drug overdose. Substance abuse affects thousands of Canadians, with around 47,000 substance abuse related deaths occurring each year nationwide. Although Overdose Awareness Day marks an occasion of mourning and remembering, it is also a day of looking ahead in hope for a drug-free future.

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Fentanyl: A Public Health Crisis

August 30, 2016 in Blog and SureHire News

You may have heard about BC’s public health emergency over the surge in fentanyl use and abuse over the past few months. Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid (“narcotic”) medication estimated to be 50-100 times more potent than morphine, has also recently gained notoriety as the drug that caused Prince’s fatal overdose earlier this year. Now, the drug is becoming a grave health concern as it grows in popularity across Canada.

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The Dangers of Workplace Sleep Deprivation

August 23, 2016 in Blog

Despite the fact that most professionals recommend 7-9 hours of sleep per night, about 30% of us get fewer than six hours on average. Most of us think we can simply yawn through the day without serious consequences, but the reality is that sleeplessness can be a real threat to your health, safety, and productivity at work.

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Drug Test Cheating Methods Debunked

August 16, 2016 in Blog

After dozens of Olympic athletes were outed for doping after fooling a supposedly strict and rigorous drug testing regimen, some are wondering: how difficult is it to fool a drug test?

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It's High Noon and Alberta Won't Draw its Pistol

August 09, 2016 in

Alberta seems to be the most reluctant province when it comes to delisting high-strength opioids from its Drug Benefit Program. But does delisting certain medications actually help alleviate provincial health concerns?

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Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome: What's all the Buzz?

August 02, 2016 in Blog

Hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) is a condition most commonly seen in workers required to use powered equipment with high frequency vibration or high impact (such as chainsaws, jack hammers, drills, grinders, or sanders). When a worker uses or handles a vibrating object, the vibration is transmitted to the hands and arms. Repeated vibrations cause blood vessel constriction in the hands and arms, reducing blood supply while working. The vibrations can cause neurological, vascular, and musculoskeletal injuries. The effects of HAV are cumulative and both frequency and amplitude play a role in the injury process. As with most overuse/repetitive injuries, the more exposure you have in your job the more likely you may develop the condition.

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WMSDs: Prevention Tips for Employers and Employees

July 26, 2016 in Blog

You may already know that strenuous or repetitive activities at work can lead to injuries and disorders like carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis. These types of injuries are called workplace-related musculoskeletal disorders, or WMSDs, and can cover a range of conditions characterized by pain, swelling, or tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons, or nerves (Turner, n.d.). The good news is that the risk of WMSDs can be greatly mitigated with the implementation of a few simple preventative measures.

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Avoiding Heat-Related Illness at Work

July 22, 2016 in Blog

As we enter into the hottest, driest part of the summer, it’s especially important for outdoor workers to observe safe practices when it comes to working in the heat. If you work outdoors during the summer months, you are at a considerably higher risk of heat-related illness than most members of the general public.

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If the Mask Fits: Guidelines for RPD Fit-Testing

July 13, 2016 in Articles and Blog

If you have experience wearing an RPD (respiratory protection device) on the job, you probably already know the importance of protection against compromised air quality. RPDs protect the wearer by filtering out contaminants in the air, such as dust, coal, fumes, and gases. They can also supply oxygen to the wearer in environments where the air may be thin, such as in a confined space. Mask fit-testing is an essential step to protecting workers in dangerous, low air quality environments.

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Responding to Medical Marijuana in the Workplace

July 05, 2016 in Articles, Blog, and SureHire News

Around 40,000 Canadians in the workforce use medical marijuana. And, with the legalization of recreational marijuana expected to occur in spring of 2017, this number is expected to increase. As you take steps to protect your workplace against accidents and unsafe situations, it is also important to protect yourself from legal difficulties down the road so you can successfully navigate human rights concerns and avoid wrongful dismissal suits. Here are a few tips on how to walk that narrow line between safety and human rights correctly.

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