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National Injury Prevention Day

Posted in: Accident Prevention,Holidays | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on July 6, 2020

Monday, July 6th, 2020 marks the 4th annual Nation Injury Prevention Day in Canada. Initiated by Parachute, it is designed to raise awareness about the devastating effects of predictable and preventable injuries. Perhaps this year more than any other, we need to pay special attention. According to the Cost of Injury in Canada report published in 2015, preventable injuries annually represent: $27 billion lost to economy 3.5 million emergency room visitsMore than 60,000 injuries result in permanent or partial disabilities And the human cost is staggering: 16,000 Canadians die each year 43 Canadians die each dayInjury is the No. 1 killer of Canadians aged 1 to 44.The loss of life is equivalent to a jumbo jet crashing every 10 days. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world we all knew and trusted has been turned upside down and has impacted the way we work, the way we play, the way […]

Hand Hygiene: Help vs Harm

Posted in: Safety,workplace wellness | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on June 24, 2020

Whether you sing the Alphabet Song, Happy Birthday, Stayin’ Alive, count slowly to 20 or use a timer, we all know the drill by now – washing your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19. While this seems like a simple solution to a complex situation, frequent hand washing and excessive use of hand sanitizers can pose a serious health hazard.  The outermost layer of our skin is composed of oils and wax, and it acts as both a shield from the outside and a guard that maintains natural moisture in the skin. Soaps, no matter how mild, and hand sanitizers do not discriminate between unwanted oil, germs, debris and natural oils in the skin and if this natural barrier is broken down, the skin can become dry, red, itchy and […]

Getting Back to Work in the Post-COVID-19 World

Posted in: Safety,Workplace | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on May 28, 2020

There are some encouraging signs that the peak of the current wave of COVID-19 has passed, restrictions are easing off and the economy is starting to reopen. While this is good news, it doesn’t mean that we are out of the woods yet. How organizations get back to business and the precautions they take could make all the difference of how successful the next phase will be.  Resuming operations following the pandemic may seem like a daunting task but a step by step approach can make the job more manageable. The safety of all workers must be the primary focus of any business when attempting to reopen or increase operations and implementing COVID-19 protocols that conform with government and health care regulations is a key component. The following outlines 5 tips to consider when reopening or ramping up your business: 1. Keep employees safe:  We all know the drill by […]

COVID-19 and WCB Claims

Posted in: Claims Costs,Worker's Compensation Board,Workplace | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on April 28, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to hold us in its grasp and businesses scramble to figure out how to survive the long term impact of the pandemic, new workers’ compensation issues are emerging. While essential businesses and services remain open, there will undoubtedly be work-related incidents and accidents and for the most part, those workers’ compensation claims will be processed as they always have been. However, the novel coronavirus is redefining guidelines as they relate to acceptable occupational disease claims, at least for now. Prior to this pandemic, acceptable Workers’ Compensation (WCB) claims were primarily limited to front line health care or emergency response workers who contracted a communicable disease, with few exceptions being made in individual circumstances. When the provincial and federal governments mandated the closure of non-essential businesses and ordered everyone to stay at home the goal was to stop the spread of the virus and control the pandemic. Workers […]

WCB Alberta Information on COVID-19

Posted in: Uncategorized | Posted by braveadmin on March 24, 2020

“During this unprecedented period of uncertainty, we would like to reassure our clients that BCL remains open for business while taking precautions to ensure the safety of our staff. We continue to monitor the situation and information coming from the WCB in an effort to understand the impact that it will have on any current and/or future claims.  Your BCL Team” As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, the impact continues to be far-reaching including current and potential WCB claims, raising many questions and concerns for workers and employers. Through our blog we will try to stay current and hopefully provide some understanding and clarity.  On March 17th the Alberta Government declared a provincial state of emergency which has caused business disruptions and shutdowns for many employers.  At this time, the WCB continues to operate as normal as possible managing current claims, processing new claims, handling employer accounts and continuing to share […]

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