Trucking is integral to Canada’s economy as the transportation of goods across inter-provincial borders has driven imports/exports and business growth. An impending driver shortage is causing many to wonder where it’s future lies. Driver shortages and strict deadlines along with compensation based on the number of hours worked has also led to long-haul drivers spending the majority of their time on the road, making driver fatigue an issue.
With increased use and access to cannabis, the use of CBD for its medicinal benefits is causing concern for employers of individuals who are required to perform safety-sensitive duties. The reason for this is that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) may be entering the workplace in CBD users who don’t realize the THC content of the products they are using.
October 17th, 2019 is the next significant date in the ongoing process for the legalization of cannabis in Canada. Amendments made to Cannabis Regulations in June, now allow for licensed vendors to distribute cannabis edibles, oils, and tinctures. As the effects of ingested cannabis last longer, greater training and testing needs to be provided to ensure all employees are aware of the effects these products can have on the body, and to maintain a safe and healthy workforce.
Excessive exposure to noise in the workplace is one of the leading causes of hearing loss in Canada. With noise levels a concern in most industries across the country, employers are always looking for ways to reduce noise pollution in the workplace
With the development of the pipeline, contractors are signing on to complete the work in the proposed phases, and are responsible for hiring subcontractors to accomplish this! According to the Trans Mountain Corporation, contractors must ensure that all employees working for them are fit to work. Learn more about testing for this project!
With the legalization of cannabis in Canada on October 17, 2018, the prevalence of drug and alcohol testing in safety sensitive and safety critical job positions has increased. As a result companies that employ safety sensitive workers are increasingly adding drug and alcohol testing as one of their tools to keep workers and work sites safe.