Oral fluid testing has recently increased in popularity for several reasons: it requires less private testing environment, less testing time, and less invasion than a urine test. Urine testing can take up to 4 hours, whereas oral fluid testing takes between 1-3 hours.
Statistics Canada 2010: Canadian Community Health Survey states around 1 in 5 people who were working in BC in 2012 have made claims for back problems. Back injuries account for 24% of the overall work claim injuries, followed by fingers at 11% and legs at 9%. One reason that employees might be getting these injuries is through improper lifting technique.
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome accounts for 50% of all workplace related injuries in America. This is a surprising statistic, because there is a common belief that Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is only caused by computer/keyboard related jobs.
According to the Statistics Canada 2010: Canadian Community Health Survey, around 1 in 5 people who were working in BC in 2012 have made claims for back problems. In fact, 1 in 4 of the injury claims made over the last ten years were for Back Strain Injuries (BSI) and have been responsible for the most workdays taken off than any other injury.
The emergence of synthetic opioids has seen a surge in prescription usage to treat chronic and acute pain in the last 10 to 15 years. In that time, addiction to opioids has become more prevalent. Not surprisingly, opioid use in the work place can cause some concerns, especially for employees operating machinery and performing other safety sensitive work.
In today’s world, the increased use of medical marijuana has brought into question whether or not a drug-free workplace is even possible. Lisa M. Bolton looked into this idea in her article “Is the expectation of a drug-free workplace a thing of the past?” She says that obtaining medical marijuana in today’s world is quite easy, as you only require a doctor’s prescription.
Fentanyl is an opioid medication that acts as a fast acting narcotic analgesic and sedative that can be abused for its heroinlike effect. Fentanyl is commonly used as part of anesthesia to prevent pain after medical procedures. Often what starts as appropriate pain management can turn into a situation bordering on addiction without the individual recognizing they are taking the medication for non-medical reasons.
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a cardiovascular disease associated with versatile risk factors such as obesity, smoking, high cholesterol and hypertension diabetes. VTE includes both deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). DVT is the formation of a blood clot in a deep vein—usually in the leg or pelvic veins. Unfortunately, VTE is common and can be deadly.
If you own a vehicle you have without a doubt noticed substantial change for the cost to fill your tank. For the average white collar worker the savings is a bonus, but for many blue collar workers in Alberta 2015 is off to a rocky start as the dropping price of oil impacts employment opportunities across the province.
Wanting to implement a new drug testing program in your business? Do you current have one but are searching for better outcomes? A recent article was published in the February 2015 edition of the Occupational Health Safety magazine, pushing for employers to use Hair Drug testing as the new and improve way of testing employees who were or are under the influence of drugs.