Most Canadians have experienced lower back pain or dysfunction at some stage in their lives. This nagging pain may have kept them from the activities they enjoy and affected their quality of life. While many back injuries may be caused by trauma, lower back pain or injury may occur because of poor spinal stability or improper mechanics of the spine. It may even be caused by subtle repetitive movements or positions that cause damage over time. The good news? With a bit of time and effort, you can help reduce the chances of spinal injury or pain with “the Big Three” core exercises.
Although legalization of cannabis in Canada is expected to go ahead this spring, employer education remains a missing but necessary part of the legalization equation. Employers must adapt to legalization in a way that respects workers’ rights while maintaining a safe, healthy working environment.
Our working population is getting older. Since 2001, the proportion of workers over the age of 55 has spiked, and seems to still be on the rise. According to some projections, by 2021 nearly one-quarter of the working population may be 55 or older (compared to 10% in 2001 and 17% in 2009). Like any demographic trend, the aging workforce will be accompanied by a range of challenges and benefits. Here’s how you can manage both effectively.
A new year always brings a fresh perspective and the opportunity to revisit, reset, and re-evaluate. For some employers, the New Year might mean revisiting out-of-date policies that have been collecting dust on the shelf. If you are revitalizing some old policies this year, you should make sure your drug and alcohol policy makes the list: 2017 will be a busy year for changes in drug-related technologies and legislation, and it’s essential to make sure your policy reflects the most up-to-date changes.
Implementing a safety incentive program might seem like a good idea on the surface, but, if not carefully planned, these programs actually sometimes result in a more dangerous workplace than before. If you are thinking about implementing this kind of program at your workplace, consider carefully what the objectives of your program will be, which indicators you will use to measure success, and which rewards you will use to incentivize your employees.
Every year, the onset of winter brings with it a new set of safety challenges. Snow can reduce visibility; ice can cause slips, falls, and collisions; and cold temperatures can cause frostbite, hypothermia, and other cold-related illnesses. Outdoor workers should take special precautions in the winter months to ensure their safety. Listed here are three of the most common wintertime hazards, and what you can do to stay safe at work this winter.