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More Positive Drug Test Results Mean Less Employees For Companies

August 18, 2015 in Blog

A recently posted article in the Edmonton Journal has shed some light on to what is now becoming a big problem in the workplace. Leonard Banga of Xtreme Mining and Demolition, located in Saskatoon, has said nearly all of the recent applicants to the company had failed a routine drug test. During a ten day period, 22 out of 26 individuals failed the drug test.

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Women Building Futures (WBF) announces partnership extension with SureHire

August 14, 2015 in SureHire News

August 12, 2015 – Edmonton—Women Building Futures (WBF), Alberta’s premier organization for pre-trades training for women, is pleased to report a successful year of partnership with SureHire Occupational Testing, the national expert in occupational health and wellness testing.

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Oral Fluid Drug Testing

July 30, 2015 in Blog

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.

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How should you be lifting - from the back or your legs?

July 24, 2015 in Blog

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.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

July 17, 2015 in Blog

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.

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Back Strain Injuries - Who is more susceptible?

June 22, 2015 in Blog

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.

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Prescription Opioid Use in Safety Sensitive Environments: Three ways to Mitigate Risk

June 15, 2015 in Blog

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.

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Medical Marijuana in the Workplace

June 05, 2015 in Blog

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.

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More than 100 deaths in Alberta linked to illegal fentanyl in 2014

June 05, 2015 in Blog

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.

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How does a Q-Risk Test impact the company and the worker?

May 07, 2015 in Blog

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.

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