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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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The Importance of Vision Testing

October 11, 2016 in Fit-to-Work Testing and Health and Wellness

Few people would deny that having a healthy, drug-free, physically fit workforce is important, especially for those who work in safety-sensitive positions. But not only do many employers not require workers in safety-sensitive positions to undergo vision testing, but some do not even have policies requiring workers to report vision problems at all.

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Breast Cancer: Risk Factors, Symptoms, and Treatment

October 04, 2016 in Health and Wellness and Special Days and Observances

Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosis in Canadian women and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women. An estimated 25 000 Canadian women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, with around 68 new diagnoses every day. Every October, we honour the women and men whose lives have been affected by this disease by remembering those who have lost their fight and by raising funds and awareness in the hopes of building a future without breast cancer.

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How Marijuana Legalization will Change Workplace Drug Testing

September 27, 2016 in Drug and Alcohol Testing

As the federal government prepares to legalize marijuana in 2017, some employers are left wondering how their workplaces will be protected from the potential consequences. Oil and gas groups have been lobbying for changes to the upcoming legislation, arguing that more measures are needed to prevent individuals under the influence of cannabis from working in safety-sensitive positions. Cameron MacGillivray, CEO of Enform, suggested in a recent interview with CBC that marijuana use should be totally banned at any workplace where marijuana impairment could threaten safety. Unlike with alcohol, there is no clear consensus on what constitutes marijuana impairment.

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