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Heart Health at SureHire

February 14, 2017 in Health and Wellness and Special Days and Observances

During the month of February, you may see friends, co-workers and fellow Canadians wearing red to promote Heart Health Month. This 28-day long month will help bring awareness to a disease that is the second leading cause of death in Canada and is responsible for 17.3 million deaths worldwide every year. The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy lifestyle choices and manage their medical conditions properly.

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How Lead Health Monitoring Can Save Lives

February 06, 2017 in Health and Wellness and SureHire News

SureHire now offers lead health monitoring, a medical surveillance program designed to protect the health of workers who may be exposed to lead. You may already be aware of lead’s toxicity and the harmful effect it can have on people who ingest or inhale it. Implementing a lead health program can help protect your workforce from the harmful effects of exposure.

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Hepatitis: Risk Factors, Symptoms, & Prevention

January 31, 2017 in Health and Wellness

Hepatitis is known as a “silent disease” because symptoms may not appear until considerable damage to the liver has been done. Early diagnosis and treatment can help to lessen damage to the liver and can prevent you from spreading the virus to others unknowingly. Prevention of hepatitis is the key and, fortunately, there are many steps Canadians can take to protect themselves.

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New Year, New Policy: Crafting an Effective Drug and Alcohol Policy in 2017

January 24, 2017 in Drug and Alcohol Testing and Injury Prevention

A new year always brings a fresh perspective and the opportunity to revisit, reset, and re-evaluate. For some employers, the New Year might mean revisiting out-of-date policies that have been collecting dust on the shelf. If you are revitalizing some old policies this year, you should make sure your drug and alcohol policy makes the list: 2017 will be a busy year for changes in drug-related technologies and legislation, and it’s essential to make sure your policy reflects the most up-to-date changes.

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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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