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.
Over the weekend, the shooting of two RCMP officers in St. Albert shook up the residents of the city. The man responsible for the shooting was charged with over 100 offences dating back to 1994. “Since 2010 Rehn had been sentenced a total of 10 years in jail for a variety of offences including possession of a prohibited fireman, escape from custody, and breaking and entering”.
“One week after Christmas and the first week in January is probably prime time for these scam artists, because they know they’ll be getting a lot of sign-ups. They practically sell themselves and they don’t have to push It.” said Christopher Elliott, a consumer advocate and the author of the book, “Scammed: How to Save Your Money and Find Better Service in a World of Schemes, Swindles, and Shady Deals.”
Population surveys show the number of Canadians driving after using drugs is on the rise. Impaired driving has been a recognized criminal act in Canada since 1921. Despite a sizeable drop in the impaired driving rate since the mid-1980s, impaired driving is the leading cause of criminal death in Canada.
A single incident of workplace violence can have life-long consequences for workers and their families and can also impact how a company does business. Knowing how to assess the risks in your workplace and finding solutions to prevent violence are essential steps to creating a safe workplace.
Did you know that hand and wrist injuries account for approximately 20% of visits to emergency departments?
Such injuries not only had an impact to the physical and mental health of the injured worker, but can also impact health care costs and productivity costs due to work absenteeism.
Canadian Model for Providing a Safe Workplace – Alcohol and Drug Guidelines and Work Rule
On October 8th the Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA) released an updated version of the Canadian Model. The Canadian Model provides industries with recommendations for drug and alcohol testing procedures; it is the only document of its kind and was created to reduce the risk of substance abuse in the workplace.
After numerous edits to improve clarity, consistency, and readability Version 5.0 of the Canadian Model was launched. Click below to view the latest edition.