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Calgary Pilot's Arrest brings Drug and Alcohol Policies Under Scrutiny

January 12, 2017 in Drug and Alcohol Testing and Industry News

On December 31, a pilot was arrested in Calgary after he was discovered unconscious in the cockpit of an aircraft that was just minutes from its scheduled takeoff. Many are wondering: how did this irresponsible pilot come so close to flying?

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Asbestos Ban in the Works for 2018

January 07, 2017 in Health and Wellness and Industry News

The government of Canada has announced that it will be introducing a comprehensive ban on the use, production, and export of asbestos, the cancer-causing mineral that until recently was a commonly used building material. The substance has already been banned in around 50 countries worldwide, prompting Health Minister Jane Philpott to admit that the move toward a comprehensive asbestos ban is “long overdue.”

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TTC and Random Drug Testing

December 21, 2016 in Drug and Alcohol Testing and Industry News

The Toronto Transit Commission announced early this month that it will go ahead with plans to randomly test employees for drug and alcohol use. The random testing program was originally proposed back in 2011 when, after a tragic bus accident killed one person and injured 13 others in Toronto, the driver of the bus refused a post-incident drug test and was found to have marijuana in his possession at the time of the accident.

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Implementing Successful Safety Incentive Programs

December 06, 2016 in Injury Prevention

Implementing a safety incentive program might seem like a good idea on the surface, but, if not carefully planned, these programs actually sometimes result in a more dangerous workplace than before. If you are thinking about implementing this kind of program at your workplace, consider carefully what the objectives of your program will be, which indicators you will use to measure success, and which rewards you will use to incentivize your employees.

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Men's Health and Movember

November 29, 2016 in Health and Wellness

Men are facing a “health crisis,” dying too young and in large numbers from an array of mental and physical illnesses. The deadliest of these is prostate cancer, the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer among Canadian men.

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AEDs at Work: Does your workplace have this life-saving device?

November 24, 2016 in Health and Wellness

Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are an essential part of maintaining workplace safety. AED training is a required component in the Advanced First Aid course, and now more than ever employers are requiring first aid courses as a pre-requisite for employment. With so many lives at stake, the Heart and Stroke Foundation is committed to making AEDs as common as fire extinguishers in public places and to help more Canadians learn how easy they are to use. Installing an AED at work is one small step the employer can take toward preventing fatalities from cardiac arrest.

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3 Winter Workplace Hazards and How to Avoid Them

November 08, 2016 in Injury Prevention

Every year, the onset of winter brings with it a new set of safety challenges. Snow can reduce visibility; ice can cause slips, falls, and collisions; and cold temperatures can cause frostbite, hypothermia, and other cold-related illnesses. Outdoor workers should take special precautions in the winter months to ensure their safety. Listed here are three of the most common wintertime hazards, and what you can do to stay safe at work this winter.

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Crystalline Silica in the Workplace

November 01, 2016 in Fit-to-Work Testing and Health and Wellness

Crystalline silica is becoming well-known for being a potential health hazard in jobsites across Canada. It is used extensively in many industrial applications because of its unique physical and chemical properties. Health concerns arise when silica-containing products are disturbed by grinding, cutting, drilling or chipping, creating respirable particulate.

Silica, or silicon dioxide, is a naturally occurring material. In its crystalline form, it is commonly known as quartz, and is the earth’s second-most common element. Silica is not on its face dangerous, but when disturbed can create silica “dust"particles which when inhaled can clog the lungs, making it difficult to process oxygen.

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6 Ways to Promote Mental Health at Work

October 27, 2016 in Health and Wellness

The Canadian Mental Health Association estimates that around one in every five Canadians will suffer from some form of mental illness in their lifetime, meaning that you almost definitely know someone at your workplace who is affected. Here’s how to make work safer and more productive for those who suffer from mental illness.

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Government Releases National Asbestos Inventory

October 18, 2016 in Health and Wellness and Industry News

Workplace health and safety advocates are celebrating after Public Services and Procurement Canada released its long awaited national asbestos inventory. The forty-page document contains a list of every government building in Canada that contains asbestos, and its release marks a victory for health and safety advocates across the country. However, advocates also say there is still work to be done: Denis St-Jean, national health and safety officer for the Public Service Alliance of Canada, points out that the list does not contain details about precisely where the dangerous materials are located, meaning that people are not being fully informed about the the risk.

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