How do I make sure it is safe for my employees to return to work? What protocols do I need to follow to ensure the safety of my employees? What can I do to limit the risk of infection/transmission on my job site? The COVID-19 pandemic has posed a number of challenges over the past few months. Now, with the reopening of various businesses across Canada, employers are seeking answers to questions about how they can keep their job sites operational and their employees safe. In today's blog, SureHire's Manager, Occupational Health Services/ Privacy Officer, Dr. Dean McDougall highlights tips for employers to consider when building a safe return-to-work strategy.
Pre-existing conditions (such as seasonal allergies, asthma, etc.) can mimic the symptoms of COVID-19, which can result in employees being unnecessarily flagged and sent off-site to self-isolate. Our COVID-19 Automated HRA Questionnaire is designed to collect comparative data on a daily basis regarding the symptoms of pre-existing conditions, allowing employers to make more informed decisions about the health and safety of everyone on the job.
SureHire is proud to be able to offer support to essential services during this difficult time. As Canada’s leading provider of occupational health testing services, we are committed to building foundations for safe, healthy, and productive workforces and communities. As your solution-driven partner in occupational testing services, we've made Temperature Screening Services available so you can feel confident knowing your employees are safe to return to work.
Perhaps one of the most prominent fears individuals have right now regarding the global COVID-19 pandemic is whether we can trust that others are taking the precautions necessary to prevent the spread. We want you to feel confident knowing that we are doing everything we can to continue providing safe, high-quality service to you. Read more to find out about the measures we are taking to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved in our occupational testing protocols.
When the world first heard about a new virus originating from the Wuhan, Hubei Province of China, it watched with hopes that it would not impact them to the extent that it was affecting Chinese citizens. It was only a matter of time until other countries were reporting cases of COVID-19. Now, as we face a global pandemic that has impacted over 165 countries, many are wondering what will bring the spread of this virus to an end. As countries battle COVID-19 and the death toll rises, people are being asked to help flatten the curve. At SureHire, we are doing all we can to help flatten the curve, as the window to do so closes a bit more every day. As a company that works with employers to determine if their team members are fit to work, screening individuals for symptoms of COVID-19 has become a part of our daily procedures. Read more to find our what we're doing to help flatten the curve.
When we think of injury, we often think of something that may occur to us by an external force, such as a car accident or a malfunctioning piece of equipment. It’s not every day that we associate it with something that we can’t see. Head trauma is a type of hidden injury that’s difficult to notice and assess, and yet, is quite common. In fact, one in three Canadians is directly impacted by brain injury in some way, and those who have been impacted once are three times more likely to experience a second brain injury. At SureHire, we work with you to navigate the various methods of diagnostic imaging to ensure your employees have access to the correct medical assessments.
Across the country, employers are implementing policies and procedures to improve employee satisfaction and workplace performance. For years, rhetoric has existed in the workplace where employee needs were not openly discussed or measured. Today, however, workplace health and wellness are strongly being considered by employers to assist their teams further and increase the success of their business. At SureHire, we can connect you with our network of Functional Capacity Evaluation providers across Canada, so that you can determine the next steps for you and your employees.
Unfortunately, we frequently come across news reports that detail accidents that occurred within the workplace, many of which due to working within a confined space. Many of these incidents transpire because an individual did not know or recognize the risks associated with entering a confined space for an extended period of time. With so many workers required to complete various tasks and forms of maintenance within confined spaces, educating your team about the risks associated with this line of work must be a priority.
On October 17, 2019, pot-infused edibles, extracts and topicals were made legal nation-wide with the exception of a few provinces. During the first day of legal procurement, Canadians proved that there was a market for these products as inventory sold out within a few hours. Businesses may need to integrate additional testing to ensure employees are fit to work and are not posing any safety risks on their worksites.
Substance abuse in the workplace is, unfortunately, not new. From alcohol consumption on weekends that cause side effects during the workweek, to prescription drugs being improperly used to manage recurring health issues, substance abuse can take many forms. Reasonable Suspicion Training is designed to provide the appropriate training to employers to help determine if there are grounds to test an employee for drug use before safety issues arise.