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Mental Health in the Workplace – Tips and facts for a healthy workforce

Posted in: Mental Health,Safety,Workplace,Workplace Wellness | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on January 24, 2023

Canada will be activating a three-digit number for suicide prevention on November 30, 2023. If you’d like to know more about this, please visit the Government of Canada website. If you are in Canada and you, or someone you know, need help now, please continue to call 1.833.456.4566 any time, or text 45645 between 4 p.m. and midnight ET. Blue Monday, possibly the saddest day of the year, was January 16th and Bell Let’s Talk Day is January 25th. We are heading into the depths of winter and into the fourth year of dealing with the physical, financial and emotional impact of the COVID pandemic. It’s no wonder everyone is talking about mental health. The recent focus on the awareness and acceptance of mental illness and the effects that stress has on our overall well being only highlights the connection between workplace safety and a psychologically healthy work environment. ‘Blue […]

So Long 2022! What’s in Store for 2023?

Posted in: Safety,Worker's Compensation Board,Workplace,Workplace Wellness | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on December 22, 2022

For many it’s good-bye and good riddance with the promise of a better year to come. For others, especially employers, this will continue to be unprecedented times as the world, and the economy, finds its new equilibrium. Rising inflation, interest rates and production costs combined with managing a workforce, whether it is new hires, returning workers, remote working, hybrid work setups or health and safety modifications, the challenges facing employers are significant. So as we head into 2023, here are three major things to consider:  WCB Premiums. Workers compensation boards across the county have recently issued their premium rate statements. The impact that the pandemic has had on operations over the past couple of years could affect how a business should be classified. A careful review of your premium calculations could uncover hidden savings Not sure what to look for, here are 10 things to check on your premium rate […]

Winter’s Coming, Are You Ready?

Posted in: Accident Prevention,Safety | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on October 27, 2022

It’s been a great run of fabulous fall weather but don’t fool yourself, winter and all that comes with it is on its way. Daylight hours are getting shorter, temperatures are dropping, snow will start flying and soon clocks will be turning back to standard time. Winter has its own unique set of hazards and safety concerns; however, with a proactive approach, costs associated with WCB claims, time loss and reduced productivity due to illness or injury may be avoided.  Whether your staff works indoors or outdoors, commutes to work or uses a vehicle as part of their duties, here are some helpful hints and reminders that could help mitigate the inherent risks of winter that face your organization: Dress Appropriately: There are going to be warm, possibly even hot, days and there are going to be cold and frosty days. Unfortunately, the temperature does not drop consistently so watching […]

First Aid in the Workplace

Posted in: Accident Prevention,Safety,Workplace | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on August 4, 2022

First Aid. That’s what it’s called because that’s what it is, the First response to an injury or accident to provide Aid.  Accidents aren’t orchestrated, they are opportunistic, unexpected, unplanned events with no way to fully anticipate where and when they will occur. The initial actions taken immediately following an incident are often the most critical in terms of reducing or addressing the severity of an injury or even preventing death.  If the first person that responds to a situation has basic first aid training it can improve the odds of a best scenario outcome. It’s why ensuring that every employee has basic first aid training and is able to respond to any injury, accident or emergency that occurs. It is why first aid is the foundation of an effective health and safety management program (HSMP).   Although workplace safety regulations and standards for first aid vary by province or territory […]

How’s Your Health & Safety Management Program?

Posted in: Safety,Workplace Wellness | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on May 26, 2022

You can’t scrimp on safety! We are all aware that the workforce, across all sectors, has undergone significant upheaval over the past couple of years mainly due to COVID-19 and the impact of a global pandemic. We’ve learned how to work remotely, work creatively, and to think outside the box. We’ve been stressed out, zoomed out, and burned out.  There has been an unparalleled number of resignations and retirements in virtually every industry as the labor force has reassessed their lifestyle and priorities. This, combined with the lockdowns, shutdowns and business closures caused by the pandemic, saw the 2020 unemployment rates rise to levels not seen in over 20 years.  As the economy started to recover, there were a plethora of job postings and hiring opportunities throughout every industry and a pool of unemployed workers available to fill the positions. As a result, the May 2022 unemployment rate is now […]

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