How to Protect Yourself from Extreme Weather on the Job

Posted in: Safety,Workplace | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on January 26, 2016

It’s January and although the days may be getting longer, many of the brutally cold days of winter lie ahead. It is not just the plummeting temperatures that affect workers but wind and moisture can be contributing factors to the challenges faced when working in cold environments. It’s important to know how to protect yourself from extreme weather on the job. Wind Chill At any temperature, wind will make you feel colder. We refer to this effect as ‘wind chill’ which simply means refers to what the air ‘feels like’ as opposed to what the actual temperature is. The wind chill or ‘feel like’ temperature can be used as a guideline for appropriate dress for going outside and how long to stay exposed. Humidity Moisture or humidity also plays a role even though Alberta dry or arid climate. Water conducts heat away from the body 25 times faster than dry […]

Does the Number of WCB Claims Filed Affect Overall WCB Premiums?

Posted in: Claims Costs,WCB Premium Reduction | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on January 19, 2016

With the first half of January almost complete, it hopefully went injury and accident free. It’s a new year, a new beginning, and a fresh start for your workplace safety record. Whether your accident/injury/claim record was excellent, good, fair, poor, or non-existent last year, ensuring that you minimize, reduce, and/or eliminate WCB claims in the current year can have a significant positive impact on your WCB premiums in years to come. How are premiums determined? To fully appreciate how WCB claims influence premiums, one must understand how WCB premiums are determined. The premiums employers pay fund workers’ compensation insurance, essentially the amount collected, when invested, should be enough to cover all current and future costs of all claims incurred in the same year. The amount of premiums to be collected is determined by an annual estimate of insurable earnings and claims costs of a given year; therefore premiums collected in […]

Workplace Health & Safety: How to Decrease Burnout at Work

Posted in: Safety,Workplace | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on January 6, 2016

Finding it hard to get back into work mode and feel motivated after your holidays? You are not alone! It is quite common and normal to feel sluggish, uninspired and even down as you return to work and return to your daily routine. Here are a few quick tips to help overcome the ‘Back to Work Blues”, and keep workplace health & safety a priority: Ease in gently: Although it is a new year and a new beginning, you won’t be able to accomplish everything at once. The holidays are often filled with too much good food, lots of  good drink, many late nights and plenty of socializing. It takes time to get your mind and body back into your regular work routine. Prioritize: Take a few moments to organize your work station and identify what needs to be done and in what order. Not every item in your inbox […]