Why do employers invest in pre-employment and annual testing? What is the purpose of each of the tests? Is it privacy invasive? I was about to find out.
One of our newest team members at SureHire starting working with us in November of 2017. Hal Middlemiss is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), Hal comes to us as SureHire’s resident Industry Expert. Hal has over 30 years of industrial construction, commercial construction, and operations experience. He has provided corporate and project Environmental, Health, Safety and Security leadership for dozens of industrial and commercial construction projects across Alberta, Canada, and the US. Included are safety-sensitive greenfield, brownfield, and operations industrial mega-projects up to $6B and 9000 workers.
Though in many industries it is hard to find the time to ensure you are getting the proper 8 hours, the National Sleep Foundation suggests 10-20 minute catnaps so you are not compromising your work performance. Sleep deprivation costs American companies $63.2 billion a year in lost productivity.
As an employer, there are many challenges that arise, from the hiring process to ensure a safe workplace and to be confident that your workforce is capable of their duties. Although no one cannot completely control what happens at every worksite, meeting, or day-to-day tasks an employer does have the right and responsibility to accommodate a particular employee under certain circumstances.
We mostly think of alcohol as a commonly consumed adult beverage and do not recognize how much it can be affecting our health or what each individual’s alcohol limit might be. It tends to be consumed in an over indulgent matter without many knowing the affects it has on our bodies and mind. Its use can be an issue for businesses that can range from lost productivity, absenteeism, injuries, low morale, to an increase in lost time claims or workers’ compensation costs.
SureHire Occupational Testing is proud to congratulate Jim Carter on his upcoming induction into the Junior Achievement Alberta Business Hall of Fame. As a member of SureHire's Advisory Board, we have had the privilege of the direct impact of Jim's extensive experience, industry and business insight and dedication to helping SureHire create foundations for safe, healthy and productive communities.
Pre-employment background checks have become common in today's hiring process. With many businesses using some form of pre-hire screening it is easy to see why many have chosen to include background checks in their pre-employment process. A well planned pre-employment program may just reduce your cost per hire and ensure you know the most information you can about your applicants.
On November 27th, 2017, Hebron offshore oil platform successfully and safely achieved its first oil. Hebron has hit a very important milestone and a month ahead of schedule. The platform is currently drilling one well but is hoping to reach full capacity in coming years with 20 – 30 wells producing 150, 000 barrels of crude per day, according to ExxonMobil.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has made a final rule effective January 1, 2018. This rule added four semi-synthetic opioids (i.e., hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone). It also added methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA) as an initial test analyte and removed the testing for methylenedioxyethylamphetaime (MDEA), while amending the name from opiates to opioids.
What is included in the SureHire Supervisor Reasonable Suspicion Training: Online course that allows for a self-paced study environment Federal Requirements Information on the effects of drug abuse and safety in the workplace How to spot signs and symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse How to intervene and approach the worker How to properly document observations and incidents Materials that meet requirements for supervisors and workers (90 minutes for supervisors, and 30 minutes for workers) Printable documents and handouts Final Exam Certificate of Completion It is essential to make sure your workers have a proper understanding of what reasonable suspicion training entails.