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The Importance of Vision Testing

Few people would deny that having a healthy, drug-free, physically fit workforce is important, especially for those who work in safety-sensitive positions. But not only do many employers not require workers in safety-sensitive positions to undergo vision testing, but some do not even have policies requiring workers to report vision problems at all.

Breast Cancer: Risk Factors, Symptoms, and Treatment

Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosis in Canadian women and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women. An estimated 25 000 Canadian women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, with around 68 new diagnoses every day. Every October, we honour the women and men whose lives have been affected by this disease by remembering those who have lost their fight and by raising funds and awareness in the hopes of building a future without breast cancer.

Addiction: Risk Factors, Symptoms, and How to Seek Help

Addiction affects the lives of thousands of Canadians. But despite how widespread the problem appears to be, there is little consensus among experts about the underlying causes of addiction, or even what the true definition of addiction is. Some consider addiction a purely physical phenomenon that occurs when a body requires a particular substance to function normally, but addiction can be much more complex than a mere physical dependence, and it nearly always involves mental and emotional factors.

The Dangers of Workplace Sleep Deprivation

Despite the fact that most professionals recommend 7-9 hours of sleep per night, about 30% of us get fewer than six hours on average. Most of us think we can simply yawn through the day without serious consequences, but the reality is that sleeplessness can be a real threat to your health, safety, and productivity at work.

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.

WMSDs: Prevention Tips for Employers and Employees

You may already know that strenuous or repetitive activities at work can lead to injuries and disorders like carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis. These types of injuries are called workplace-related musculoskeletal disorders, or WMSDs, and can cover a range of conditions characterized by pain, swelling, or tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons, or nerves (Turner, n.d.). The good news is that the risk of WMSDs can be greatly mitigated with the implementation of a few simple preventative measures.

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.

Cardiovascular Disease: Are You at Risk?

Cardiovascular disease kills one Canadian every seven minutes. Learn about the risk factors associated with CVD and how you can help reduce your risk.

The Industrial Athlete: How to Start Your Day Off Like a Pro

Athletes know the benefits of initiating a training session with a dynamic warmup. Have you every wondered why these athletes are back on the playing field so quickly after an injury, while someone from work may be on disability leave for weeks or even months with a similar injury?The answer is simple: most people are not treating their bodies the same way that an athlete would.

Mental Illness in the Workplace; How employers can be proactive for a healthier, safer and more productive work environment

Mental illness has quickly become the leading cause of disability claims in Canada and now, more than ever Canadian companies are realizing the significant link between stress, mental health, work claims and absence. According to experts at Health Canada, mental illnesses are characterized by alterations in thinking, mood or behaviour and can be associated with significant distress and impaired functioning.

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