Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome: What's all the Buzz?

Hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) is a condition most commonly seen in workers required to use powered equipment with high frequency vibration or high impact (such as chainsaws, jack hammers, drills, grinders, or sanders). When a worker uses or handles a vibrating object, the vibration is transmitted to the hands and arms. Repeated vibrations cause blood vessel constriction in the hands and arms, reducing blood supply while working. The vibrations can cause neurological, vascular, and musculoskeletal injuries. The effects of HAV are cumulative and both frequency and amplitude play a role in the injury process. As with most overuse/repetitive injuries, the more exposure you have in your job the more likely you may develop the condition.

Avoiding Heat-Related Illness at Work

As we enter into the hottest, driest part of the summer, it’s especially important for outdoor workers to observe safe practices when it comes to working in the heat. If you work outdoors during the summer months, you are at a considerably higher risk of heat-related illness than most members of the general public.

Discrimination, Bona Fide Occupational Requirements, Accommodation, and Undue Hardship: What you need to know

Discrimination: what does this mean exactly? Section 7(1) of the Alberta Human Rights Act defines discrimination regarding employment practices in the following way: "No employer shall refuse to employ or refuse to continue to employ any person, or discriminate against any person with regard to employment or any term or condition of employment, because of the race, religious beliefs, colour, gender, gender identity, gender expression, physical disability, mental disability, age, ancestry, place of origin, marital status, source of income, family status or sexual orientation of that person or of any other person."

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome accounts for 50% of all workplace related injuries in America. This is a surprising statistic, because there is a common belief that Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is only caused by computer/keyboard related jobs.

How does a Q-Risk Test impact the company and the worker?

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a cardiovascular disease associated with versatile risk factors such as obesity, smoking, high cholesterol and hypertension diabetes. VTE includes both deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). DVT is the formation of a blood clot in a deep vein—usually in the leg or pelvic veins. Unfortunately, VTE is common and can be deadly.

What is Hair Drug Testing?

Standard drug testing at most, will show a history of drug use for a few weeks, usually only a few days, or even a few hours, depending upon the type of drug test administered (ie. urine or oral fluid).  For many people this is simply not good enough.  After many requests asking for a longer timeline for drug use, we have implemented hair drug testing.