In safety-sensitive occupations, it’s extremely important to ensure that employees’ are protected from any possible contaminants. Chemicals, fumes, reduced oxygen, and dust can all be extremely hazardous to an employees’ lungs, potentially causing irreversible damage. There are important safety measures that we at Precede provide to help keep workers healthy and protected from the many possible contaminants that can be present in the workplace.
Random Drug and Alcohol Testing can effectively detect substance abuse in the workplace, ultimately helping keep employees safe and healthy in the workplace. More and more companies are using Random Testing as a method of reducing workplace incidents, and as an extra precaution if experiencing an increase in positive results after an incident. Random Testing is a great tool to identify substance abuse in the workplace, in a fair and effective way.
With Canada’s legalization of cannabis in October 2018, nearly a quarter of adult Canadians reported to consuming cannabis in the last few months of 2018. Although cannabis has the potential to help those who use it for medicinal purposes, it remains a cause for concern when brought into the workplace. When working in a safety-sensitive environment, the use of marijuana can cause an increase in accidents and injuries, putting both the individual using the substance and employees around them at risk.
Individuals who are struggling with substance abuse often display similar symptoms, or signs. It’s important to recognize these symptoms, as recognition is the first step towards getting professional help that may save a life. Studies have shown that over 77% of illicit drug users are employed, demonstrating how likely it is that someone in your workplace may be struggling.
In our past BLOGS, we’ve learned that factors like substance abuse, injury, and illness can cost your company a very significant amount of money. However, this is money loss that can be prevented, or at the very least, mitigated, with a few simple steps. While it’s impossible to completely eradicate workplace injuries, there is a way that your company can take action after an employee injury to help save you time, energy, and money, while still ensuring the wellbeing of your staff.
Everyday, 11 people in Canada die of an opioid overdose. Opioid overdose has become a national crisis in Canada, and this crisis continues to impact the entire country. Between January 2016 and September 2018, more than 10,300 Canadians lost their lives to opioid-related overdoses, with this number only continuing to rise as the months go on. It’s crucial that we are educated on the symptoms of opioid use, the way that opioids affect the body, and how we can help prevent any more opioid-related deaths from occurring.
Not only can fatigue take a heavy toll on your day-to-day life, but it also increases the risk of workplace accidents or injuries. Fatigue can be described as a lessened capacity for work and reduced efficiency, usually accompanied by a feeling of weariness and tiredness. It can be caused by a number of different factors, such as unhealthy lifestyle choices, workplace stress, and medical conditions. Fatigue can seriously affect your workplace performance, which not only affects your own health, but possibly the health of those around you as well.
Substance abuse makes an increasingly negative impact on businesses, causing an overall loss of time, money, and productivity. Workplace substance abuse costs companies around 100 billion dollars each year, which is money loss that can easily be prevented by having your company perform workplace drug and alcohol testing.