As companies grow, expand and evolve, resources can become overwhelming and roles often become increasingly more demanding. For employees, it can be a delicate balancing act to try and keep up with the demands of a high caliber workload. It is also known to burn employees out.
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Shortened opportunity for sleep and reduced sleep quality are frequently related to accidents involving shift workers, seasonal workers, truck drivers, emergency response employees, those working extended hours, and organizations with staffing issues.
The Schwan Food Company is an international manufacturer and delivery organization for a vast array of frozen foods, with over $3 Billion in sales and over 22,000 employees. About 7000 of these employees are delivery drivers, of which 4000 new drivers are hired each year. Schwan’s delivery trucks make thousands of stops each day, bringing food products to consumers’ homes as well as grocery stores throughout the United States.
When more than a dozen people became ill with pneumonia-like infections after the exterior brick of a century old house was being torn down and replaced, it did not take long for doctors to trace the cause to the renovations. Workers, neighbours and residents of the house all developed symptoms of histoplasmosis, a fungal disease carried in the droppings of bats and birds.
Thinking of investing in a new set of expensive irons to help improve your golf game? Getting treatment for your sleep apnea may be a better answer. Golf is a cognitive sport that requires the skills that treatment for sleep apnea improves: memory, decision making, anger management, calculation, and hand eye coordination.
In today’s struggling economy, employers who don’t know the individuals working for them are leaving their business wide open to liability. The increasing number of court decisions ruling in favour of the plaintiff based on negligent hiring has put increasing pressure on companies to obtain more detailed and accurate information on prospective employees. Employers are held accountable by the courts for negligent actions of employees — especially when information was available that employees were unfit for their jobs.
A recent article posted in Bloomberg BusinessWeek titled “Advice for Small Employers Testing New Hires for Drugs” reported that more and more small and medium sized companies are following in the foot steps of larger companies and implementing a drug testing program, in efforts to keep their workplaces safer and drug free.
A recent study posted in the New York Times addressed important questions about whether health care systems focus too much on medications, and too little on exercise as remedies for heart disease and other medical conditions. This study was one of the first to create a comparison of the effectiveness of drugs and exercise among people with heart disease, chronic heart failures and diabetes.
A recent article in the Edmonton Journal gave local employers a heads up to expect a solid hiring climate for the first quarter of 2014. According to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey: 30% of employers plan to hire between January and March, 66% plan to maintain current staffing levels, while only 3% anticipate cutbacks.
According to the Foundation of a Drug-Free World, every day in the US, 2,500 people abuse a prescription pain reliever for the first time. Prescription drug abuse causes the largest percentage of deaths from drug overdosing. Depressants, opioids and antidepressants are responsible for more overdose deaths (45%) than cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and amphetamines (39%) combined.
SureHire Occupational Testing is regularly asked about the validity of testing drugs of abuse with oral fluid instant/point of collection devices (POCT). This information is meant to assist in dispelling some of these myths and confusions and provide a clear understanding of oral fluid drug testing and its proper use in the occupational testing of safety sensitive positions and industries.
According to Work Safe Alberta,noise-induced hearing loss is the most prevalent occupational disease.
In 2010, Canada inched past the United States to become the highest opioid-consuming country on the planet on a per-capita basis. A year after the ban from selling the most commonly abused prescription drug, OxyCotin, the Canadian markets are flooding with less regulated and more powerful generic substitutes, as reported in the Global Mail.
When screening applicants, most employers ask for the candidate’s level of education, as it is believed that a person’s education level is a strong indicator of their ability to succeed in a position. Perhaps this is why it has been shown that education is the most frequently falsified qualification on a resume.
Off-the-job injuries can have a big impact on a manufacturer’s bottom line. About 165,000,000 days of lost production time were the result of off-the-job injuries in 2004 – a number that will grow to 420 million days of future lost production time.
It is estimated that Canadian businesses 15 to 25 billion dollars per year. These costs are from lost productivity when the physical and mental health issues (such as migraines, and depression) of employees inhibit the workers ability to perform to their full potential
Earlier this year the Supreme Court of Canada heard a case concerning random drug and alcohol testing in the workplace. In Irving Pulp & Paper, the operator of a paper mill in New Brunswick adopted a policy of random alcohol testing for employees in safety-sensitive positions.
How can pre-employment back ground checks for all new hires avert the consequences of negligent hiring? The family of an Arkansas truck driver killed in a 2008 accident was recently awarded $7 million in damages from a timber company and their driver who caused the accident. The case involved the driver’s qualifications to operate a commercial vehicle and the company’s failure to screen his driving records when hired.
Working Partners Systems reports that businesses whose employees are abusing drugs or alcohol lose millions annually through chronic absenteeism, lost productivity and theft. More than half of all workers compensation claims nationwide involve alcohol or drug use, and companies pay up to 300-400% more in medical claims and benefit usage than companies who have a drug free workplace.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently said in its news release that “construction accounted for the highest number of fatal work injuries of any industry sector in 2012.” In their report titled “Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.” The findings show an increase of 23% fatalities in the oil and gas extraction industries, a 14% increase in the mining sector, and a 5% increase in the construction industry.
Listed below are some great success stories when companies renewed their efforts to building a better, safer and drug free workplace through administering a drug and alcohol program.
What is being called a landmark decision by the Nova Scotia WCB tribunal to recognize sleep disorders which arise from working rotating schedules as an injury that qualifies for workers compensation, is the first of its kind in Canada. When Richard Ross, an employee at Michelin’s Bridgewater, Nova Scotia tire plant, began missing work due to severe sleeplessness which diminished his alertness on the job, he decided to do something about it.
According to WorkSafe BC 1 in 5 workers in BC have back problems which accounts for more days lost than any other kind of injury. That is 12,000-15,000 workers each year. Between 2002-2012 more than 140,000 back injury claims were accepted in BC.
A drug that virtually no one has previously heard of has been making headlines over the past month or two. The new drug phenomenon of bath salts has come to North America. Strange stories are coming from Miami, Toronto, Calgary and many other cities in between.
Celebrity deaths related to prescription drug use appear to be on the rise. Are they setting a trend, or simply reflecting the trend of prescription addiction?
Yet another pilot has been charged with being impaired by alcohol, before taking off on a transatlantic flight.
West division detectives are investigating after a 19 year old man (Zachary Lamb of Okotoks), suspected of taking ecstasy collapsed at a rave in West Edmonton Mall in the early morning and died later in hospital.
DJ AM was prescribed medication for pain and post traumatic stress after surviving a plane crash. Sources say he really struggled with the pain after the crash.
How employees try to cheat their drug tests, and what can be done to prevent it.
“I spent many nights huddled in doorways, talking to strangers. That’s when I’d open up about my own life, my own downfall, and discovered I wasn’t alone. I met doctors, lawyers, architects, engineers – people from every walk of professional life who became addicted to drugs.”
I am tired of people having the mentality that “it’s not going to happen to me.” The truth is that it is going to happen to someone and what makes anyone more special than everyone else. Stupid decisions usually end up with negative consequences, maybe not immediately, but definitely in the long run.
2 Canadian Health Inspectors were infected with H1N1, after wearing improper and ill-fitting masks. Read for all the info you need to ensure you are wearing the correct mask, and whether or not it will make a difference.
The dangers of texting and driving are just as bad, if not worse than the dangers of drunk driving
A Medical Marijuana Vending Machine may be just the invention to make life easier, but does everybody feel the same way?
If a law enforcement officer suspects a driver of being impaired by alcohol they have the right to draw blood from them on-site. The donor is not allowed to refuse. The city of Dallas has been using this program during high risk weekends for one year, with surprising results.
While I don’t believe in fear mongering, I also do not believe in standing back and watching a pandemic unfold without taking even the most basic of precautions. If masks are going to be worn in light of a pandemic, consumers need to first research the product, to ensure that it is an effective measure.
What will bring youth to the realization that Ecstasy is a lethal problem? No longer should it be seen as a recreational drug with no negative side effects. Yet another teen has died due to Ecstasy.
This week, the case of Safford United School District No. 1 v. Redding (08-479) is heading to the U.S. Supreme Court for a final ruling. In 2003, 13-year old Savanna Redding was strip-searched by two Arizona school representatives after one of her classmates accused her of providing prescription-strength Ibuprofen.
The Canadian Society of Forensic Science estimate that there are currently fewer than 200 cases per year of drug-impaired driving compared to 81000 cases of alcohol-impaired driving. However, there are currently very few studies available that have measured actual numbers. In July of 2008, a new Canadian law came into effect authorizing police to perform road-side drug testing. Drivers who refuse to submit to the test can be fined up to $1000 or a month in jail for a second refusal to test. The consequences are similar to refusing a road-side breathalyzer.
Comment on public reaction to a random drug and alcohol testing program in high schools announced in Flin Flon, Manitoba.
The Alberta government is making changes to the children abusing drugs act.
Drug use and drug crimes are on the rise. It’s time to change the way we think about this problem.
Teen drug use is at an all time high, but so is parental apathy. Is drug testing your child a violation of their right to privacy.
In recent years the percentage of youth participating in drug use has seemed to increase. Because of this, the market is overflowing with at home drug testing kits. These kits are aimed primarily at parents who have suspicions that their children have used drugs.
Michael Phelps, Paris Hilton and others, are adding to the growing trend of substance abuse amongst today’s youth.
This summer, a monumental agreement was signed in British Columbia. The Substance Abuse Testing and Treatment Program Policy was signed by the Construction Labour Relations Association (CLRA) of B.C. and the Bargaining Council of B.C. Building Trades Unions. This agreement requires workers to be tested after an accident or near miss or if there is reasonable suspicion of on-the-job impairment.
As Canadian businesses begin to feel the effects of an economic downturn, one thing is in the back of everyone’s mind: saving money and cutting costs. Gone is the financial boom we experienced in the early years of the millennium. 2009 is the year to reflect on current business practices in an effort to shrink costs and reduce overhead. But, where is the best place to start?