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Preventing Workplace Violence

December 12, 2014 in Back Ground Checks, crime stats, Interesting Facts, occupational death, occupational health and safety, pre-employment screening, and workplace drug testing

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.

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Impact of Hand and Wrist Injuries

December 04, 2014 in

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.

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Roadblocks Preventing On-Site Safety

October 24, 2014 in Interesting Facts, occupational death, pre-employment screening, precautions, and workplace injuries

A recent survey done on 129 safety managers and front-line workers in the United States revealed that in the Oil and Gas industry, there are 4 roadblocks preventing on-site safety.

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Canadian Model version 5.0

October 10, 2014 in alcohol testing, drug and alcohol testing, drug testing, employee drug testing, oral fluid drug testing, pre-employment drug testing, pre-employment screening, and workplace injuries

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.

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Young Worker Injury Statistics

October 06, 2014 in

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.

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Canadian Drugs

August 26, 2014 in

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.

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Mental health: Its impact on workplace culture and the bottom line

August 14, 2014 in celebrity, personal choice, rehab, and WCB Claims

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.

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Impact of Productivity in the Alberta Oilsands

July 30, 2014 in

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.

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Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

July 22, 2014 in Drug Testing

The federal government recently announced long-anticipated reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program. The revamped program will bar employers from hiring foreign workers in regions where unemployment is high.

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Humor in the Workplace

June 25, 2014 in Interesting Facts and Uncategorized

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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