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WCB Policy Reviews – Why Alberta Employers Need to Get Involved

Posted in: WCB Law | Posted by braveadmin on May 28, 2019

The Alberta Workers’ Compensation Act has been around for more than 100 years and although it is the Act that defines the auspices of the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB), it is the policies and procedures that have been developed over the years that are integral to the implementation of the Act. Needless to say, times have changed since 1918 and as a result, it has been necessary to modify WCB policies to make them current and relevant in today’s world. To that end, the WCB periodically reviews their policies to ensure they are meeting the needs of today’s workers and employers. Due to a large number of WCB policies, the review process is cyclical where only a select number of policies are reviewed each year. What is being reviewed? In 2019, the Alberta WCB will be looking at policies involving employer accounts and premiums including topics in the following areas: […]

Today There Will Be Three: National Day of Mourning 2019

Posted in: News & Announcements | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on April 26, 2019

April 28th marks The National Day of Mourning in Canada, a day of remembrance, officially recognized by the Canadian government in 1991. The purpose of the day is twofold, a time to honour and remember workers who lost their lives or were injured on the job and to renew a commitment to improving health and safety in the workplace. Since it’s inception, The Day of Mourning has spread to nearly 100 countries and has been adopted by the AFL-CIO(American Federation of Labour and Congress of Industrial Organizations) and the International Confederation of Free Trade. According to the latest statistics from 2017, in Alberta alone, 166 men and women lost their lives while at work and countless more that were seriously injured. Across Canada, a total of 951 work-related fatalities were recorded in 2017- an increase of 46 deaths over 2016  – almost 3 lives every day of the year. Add […]

Top Must-Have Workplace Safety Apps

Posted in: Accident Prevention | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on April 3, 2019

We’re all aware of the concerns surrounding smartphone use and the impact it has on our daily life, both personally and professionally. The demands on our attention, the dangers of distracted driving and the loss of productivity are just to a few of the criticisms attributed to smartphones but is it possible that smartphones can improve health and safety at work? Despite their bad wrap, when used intentionally, smartphones can have real value in the workplace and on the job. Smartphone technology is an unstoppable, neverending force that is constantly changing the way we view our world and how we operate in it; it touches every aspect of our lives including how we communicate, interact, navigate and how we gather, store and share information. So, let’s focus on the positive for a moment. What are the advantages of having a cell phone at work? Besides the obvious calls to 911, […]

Spring Cleaning: Improving Safety in the Workplace

Posted in: Accident Prevention | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on March 19, 2019

The clocks have sprung forward and Spring is just around the corner! Longer days with increased sunlight bring a sense of awakening and rejuvenation, a fresh look, and a fresh start. It’s time to start planning some spring cleaning and not only at home but at work as well. And it’s not just about clearing the dust, dirt and grime of winter away, this is an excellent opportunity to address health and safety in the workplace. A proactive, preventative approach can remove hazards, reduce risks, improve wellness and increase productivity. Prevention is key to reducing on-the-job incidents and accidents; with a good spring cleaning it can be as simple as 1,2,3: 1. Clean and Declutter: Deep cleaning all carpets, floors, walls, surfaces and equipment can stop the spread of bacteria, germs and allergens. A clean work environment is a healthy work environment. Taking the time to declutter workstations and worksites […]

The Beat Goes On: February is Heart Health Month

Posted in: Workplace,workplace wellness | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on February 21, 2019

February 14th is Valentine’s Day and as Valentine’s Day is associated with hearts, February has been adopted as Heart Month. We all know that heart health is important and we can probably all recite the facts: Cardiovascular disease is the 2nd leading cause of death in Canada, Men are more likely to die of a heart attack than women, One in 12 Canadians over the age of 20 live with diagnosed heart disease, High blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes are contributing risk factors, A healthier lifestyle can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease Healthy lifestyle habits include: Eating better Getting more exercise Quitting smoking Limiting alcohol consumption Maintaining a healthy weight Reducing stress As repetitious and tedious as this may seem, the reality is that every one of us will likely be affected by cardiovascular disease, either directly or indirectly, at some point in our lives and the annual […]

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