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.
At the COAA Conference earlier this year various labour related challenges such as retirement, immigration, the portability of skills and the willingness to work in remote areas were spoke on. All of those concerns will affect the availability of skilled workers meeting future forecasted demand for skilled healthy workers.
Earlier this month TSN reported that the Federal Government has been applying pressure to the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) to direct attention and resources towards drug testing Canadian athletes who are representing Canada while competing at international events.
Over the past few days, social media, print stories, and the news have extensively covered the recent suicide of Robin Williams, one of Hollywood’s most treasured comic actors. As a result, the spotlight has turned to facts around mental illness and the devastating effects of addiction and depression when left unmanaged.
The oil and gas rich province of Alberta was responsible for all of Canada’s net employment growth over the past 12 months, adding 81,800 jobs while the rest of Canada lost 9,500. Alberta’s immense growth is attracting tens of thousands of young workers to the area on the employment hunt which is quickly becoming the country’s highest paying salaries.
I had the opportunity to attend the Alberta Occupational Health Nurses Association (AOHNA) conference in Banff last month. This was an opportunity for several different disciplines to come together to share and learn about many aspects that could affect the health and well-being of workers, employers, and our communities as a whole.
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On Tuesday, June 10th Kyle Powell, CEO of SureHire Occupational Testing was asked to be the guest speaker for the PCA Executive Lunch ‘n’ Learn. Understanding the connection employee health has on productivity is extremely important for construction companies today.