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.
From previous BLOGS, we know that workplace stress can easily affect job performance, as it directly influences your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behaviour. Research has shown that work stress is increasingly associated with depressive disorders and suicide, which ultimately highlights the importance of maintaining a healthy work environment. While it’s obvious that stress has the ability to negatively impact an individual’s mental health, there is a way that you can change your relationship with stress, and even use it as a tool to motivate.
Depression isn’t always easy to catch. There’s a stigma surrounding depression that leads people to believe that depression is not being able to get out of bed, or hiding in a dark room all day, or never smiling and laughing. While these can be considered as signs of depression, there are also many symptoms that are harder to recognize, and just as worrisome.
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.
With this year’s Stampede season officially in motion, Precede feels that it’s important to celebrate Alberta’s Western heritage and history in this week’s blog. Although we’re a company with operations all over North America, we at Precede are very proud to be Albertan born and raised. Part of the pride that we feel is not only the fact that we believe in the celebration of our history and heritage, but also that we show that pride through a number of different involvements, sponsorships, and partnerships. We believe that as a business serving Canada and America for over 15 years, giving back to our communities is extremely important.