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Twentieth Century Disease

February 21, 2014 in Blog

Twentieth-Century Disease, also known as Total Allergy Syndrome, is a condition attributed to severe hypersensitivity to the environment that the person is incapable of living in the modern world.

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Want to be a Workplace Wellness Champion?

February 10, 2014 in Blog

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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Women Building Futures (WBF) is pleased to announce a new partnership with SureHire Occupational Health Testing!

February 05, 2014 in Blog

WBF Women gain access to free occupational testing through a new partnership with SureHire

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Fatigue and the Impact it has on the Workplace

January 31, 2014 in Blog

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.

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Pre-employment Fitness-To-Work: Success Story

January 28, 2014 in Blog

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.

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Lung infection outbreak tied to bat and bird droppings stirred up by house renovation

January 06, 2014 in Blog

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.

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Sleep Apnea and Your Golf Score

December 31, 2013 in Blog

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. 

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40M Target Customers Exposed to Preventable Fraud

December 23, 2013 in Blog

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.

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No company is too small for drug testing

December 16, 2013 in Blog

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.

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Could Canadians ever give up their pills?

December 16, 2013 in Blog

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.

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2014: A Strong Hiring Year Forecasted for Edmonton

December 11, 2013 in Blog

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.

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Should Doctors be Playing Detective in Attempts to Curb Painkill Abuse?

December 10, 2013 in Blog

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.

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Do Oral Fluid Instant/Point of Collection Testing Devices Accurately & Reliably Test for Marijuana (THC)?

December 09, 2013 in Blog

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.

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Implications of Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) on Business

December 06, 2013 in Blog

According to Work Safe Alberta,noise-induced hearing loss is the most prevalent occupational disease.

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Health Canada Approves (Yet Another) Generic Form of Oxycodone

December 05, 2013 in Blog

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.

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'Tis the Season for Employee Theft

December 03, 2013 in Blog

Employee Theft is becoming a growing problem for small and medium sized companies,  and the risk of theft is likely to rise during the holiday season when financially strapped employees look to top up their funds by stealing from their workplace.

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Why Employers Should Fact-Check the Resume of A New Hire

December 03, 2013 in Blog

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.

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Extending the Vision: Preventing Off-The-Job Injuries

December 02, 2013 in Blog

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.

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How to Avoid the Costs of Depression at Work

December 02, 2013 in Blog

Depression is an  invisible disease. On the outside we can look great, well groomed, and cheerful, but on the inside we are falling apart. Nearly three million Canadians will experience depression at one point in their life.

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What is Presenteeism Costing your Company?

November 28, 2013 in Blog

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

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Substantial Problem vs. A Problem

November 27, 2013 in Blog

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.

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$7 Million Awarded to Family of Victim in Negligent Hiring Case

November 27, 2013 in Blog

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.

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77% of Drug Users are Working

November 26, 2013 in Blog

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.

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Oil and Gas & Construction Industries: Fatal Occupational Injuries on the Rise

November 26, 2013 in Blog

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.

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Minimising the Risks with a Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy

November 25, 2013 in Blog

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.

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How Post Incident Testing can Benefit Employers

November 25, 2013 in Blog

Research conducted by Karen Tinker, a DATIA Certified Professional Collector (CPC) for SHRM Atlanta shows that 8% of the working population has admitted to doing drugs.

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Does Insomnia Due To Shift Work Warrant Compensation?

November 25, 2013 in Blog

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.

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Back Injury WCB Claims on the Rise as the Workforce ages

November 25, 2013 in Blog

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.

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Bath Salts: Should Canadians be Concerned?

June 27, 2012 in Blog

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.

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The Consequences of Drinking and Driving

May 10, 2010 in Blog

After watching this for the first time, I felt nauseous – so many lives have been destroyed by impaired driving.

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Is Addiction a Recurring Choice?

May 06, 2010 in Blog

Drug or alcohol addiction is not a disease, says Harvard psychologist, but a matter of free will.

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Steering Wheels that Sense Alcohol Consumption

March 01, 2010 in Blog

A Canadian company, Sober Steering Sensors, is working on technology that makes use of chemical sensors built into steering wheels to detect the gas byproducts of alcohol through the skin of drivers.

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Random drug testing proposal for health services

February 19, 2010 in Blog

Random drug testing has been proposed for Ohio recipients of Medicaid. What would happen if this type of law was introduced in Alberta to qualify for basic health care services?

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Is Britney Murphy Another Celebrity Victim of Prescription Overdose?

December 23, 2009 in Blog

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?

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Another Pilot, Attempting to Fly Under the Influence

November 11, 2009 in Blog

Yet another pilot has been charged with being impaired by alcohol, before taking off on a transatlantic flight.

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Yet Another Death in 2009 in Edmonton due to Ecstasy

October 28, 2009 in Blog

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.

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The Death of DJ AM May Have Been Triggered by Prescription Drug Use

October 04, 2009 in Blog

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.

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Canadian Political Drug Scandal

September 28, 2009 in Blog

I find it extremely disheartening that a public figure known for his anti-drug stance has received drug charges for cocaine possession.

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What is Adulteration, and How Can it be Prevented?

August 24, 2009 in Blog

How employees try to cheat their drug tests, and what can be done to prevent it.

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14 DUI Convictions, and Still Going!

August 17, 2009 in Blog

Impaired drivers are not only a threat to themselves, but they are a hazard to society.

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Drug Testing is Not Just for Blue Collar Workers: Professionals Also Struggle with Addictions

August 10, 2009 in Blog

“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.”

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Yet Another Study About the Dangers of Texting and Driving

July 28, 2009 in Blog

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.

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Recent Surge in Drunk Driving in Alberta

July 27, 2009 in Blog

The incidents of drunk driving in Alberta has skyrocketed in 2009. In a one year period, drunk driving charges are up 50% in Leduc County! Don’t Drink and Drive

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Canadian Health Inspectors Contract H1N1, Due to Improperly Fit Masks

July 23, 2009 in Blog

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.

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Occupational Deaths Are Often Preventable

July 07, 2009 in Blog

A firefighter has just died of esophageal cancer. Could a respirator that was properly fit prevent tragedies like this from happening in the future?

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Impaired Driving Does Not Just Mean Drugs or Alcohol

July 06, 2009 in Blog

The dangers of texting and driving are just as bad, if not worse than the dangers of drunk driving

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Medical Marijuana Vending Machines: Is This the Answer?

June 29, 2009 in Blog

A Medical Marijuana Vending Machine may be just the invention to make life easier, but does everybody feel the same way?

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Welcome to the Age of No-Refusal Weekends

May 25, 2009 in Blog

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.

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The Dangers of Drugged Driving

May 25, 2009 in Blog

Drugged Driving is a trend that is putting lives at jeopardy. But unlike drunk driving, it does not yet have a strong social stigma.

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Do Masks Really Prevent the Spread of H1N1?

May 07, 2009 in Blog

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.

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Another Teenage Girl Dies From Ecstasy in Edmonton

April 28, 2009 in Blog

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.

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Strip-Searched 13-Year Old's Case Goes to the Supreme Court

April 23, 2009 in Blog

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. 

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Roadside Drug Testing in Canada

April 20, 2009 in Blog

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.

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Public Reaction to Random Drug and Alcohol Testing in Manitoba Schools

April 13, 2009 in Blog

Comment on public reaction to a random drug and alcohol testing program in high schools announced in Flin Flon, Manitoba.

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Changes Coming to the Protection of Children Abusing Drugs Act

April 06, 2009 in Blog

The Alberta government is making changes to the children abusing drugs act.

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month

April 01, 2009 in Blog

In honor of alcohol awareness month, we have put together interesting facts about alcohol use and abuse.

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Two Indian Pilots Fail Alcohol Testing

March 30, 2009 in Blog

Two Indian pilots have just failed alcohol tests, moments before a scheduled departure.

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Tragic Death Due to Teen Drug Use

March 25, 2009 in Blog

The negative consequences of drug use is not confined to heroin addicts. A young girl just died from a bad pill taken at a party.

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The Prevalance of Substance Abuse in Canadian Youth

March 23, 2009 in Blog

Drug use and drug crimes are on the rise. It’s time to change the way we think about this problem.

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Drug Testing in Schools

March 16, 2009 in Blog

The statistics show that drug testing programs in schools, discourage drug use and increase student involvement in the school.

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KBR vs. Chiasson: The Final Chapter?

March 10, 2009 in Blog

A step in the right direction for the drug and alcohol testing industry in Canada.

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Is Drug Testing a Violation of My Child's Privacy?

March 04, 2009 in Blog

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.

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Which Drugs do At-Home Kits Test For?

February 27, 2009 in Blog

Which drugs do at home kits test for? Does it differ depending upon the type of test?

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What is the Role of At-Home Drug Testing Kits?

February 17, 2009 in Blog

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. 

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What Are The Consequences of Prominent Figures/ Roles Models Use of Illegal Drugs?

February 12, 2009 in Blog

Michael Phelps, Paris Hilton and others, are adding to the growing trend of substance abuse amongst today’s youth.

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Who's Right's Are We Protecting?

January 28, 2009 in Blog

The issue of employee drug testing has been in the news a lot in the past few months, with the case of Chiasson vs. KBR at the forefront of the controversy. But let’s examine the underlying concerns associated with employee drug testing.

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British Columbia Opens Its Arms To Employee Drug Testing

January 28, 2009 in Blog

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.

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The Cost of Hiring an Unhealthy Worker

January 28, 2009 in Blog

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?

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