Violence and Harassment in the Workplace on the Rise

Over the past year, there has been a spotlight on workplace violence, harassment, and sexual harassment. Allegations have run rampant in the media, sports, entertainment, and politics. We continue to hear reports of toxic cultures deeply entrenched in large Canadian institutions such as the RCMP, Canadian Military, Corrections Canada, and most recently, Canada Post. In […]

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Scents and Sensibility: How Fragrances affect Workplace Wellness

When it comes to fragrance, the range is vast. From delightfully light, fruity scents, to heavy musks, the variations are endless. So too, are people’s preferences for certain scents. However, preference is moot when it comes to allergies. For some, scented products can cause allergic reactions, resulting in: Headaches Migraines Nausea Wheezing Shortness of breath […]

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When the Joint Health & Safety Committee (JHSC) Doesn’t Agree

Sometimes, even the most well-oiled JHSC may disagree. Disagreements may include: What constitutes a hazard How to control a hazard Whether or not a recommendation is required The nature of the recommendation Responsibility for implementing the recommended control Disagreeing can be Positive Many people in our culture tend to view conflict in a very negative […]

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Spotlight on Wellness: Activities for your Workplace

Right now, Canadian workplaces are experiencing a wellness revolution. Employers have come to recognize the value of human capital and the effect that wellness has on workers. The theory goes, “If we look after them, they’ll look after us.” It means that employers who invest in worker wellness are seeing returns in the form of: […]

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The Future is Now: Automation and Health and Safety

To err is human, or so the saying goes. But, is it true? The advent of automation has brought automation as a safety control to the attention of many health and safety managers. How does automation impact health and safety? Many health and safety accidents are the result of human error. Does automation reduce the […]

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Open Office Plans: Pros and Cons to Wellness

Open office plans are trendy. Proponents often point to the collaborative effects and aesthetic appeal. Since open offices are so trendy and popping up everywhere, they must be great! However, there is a serious downside to open office layouts, and the effects of an open office on worker wellness cannot be ignored. Open Office Plans: […]

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The Historic Legalization of Recreational Cannabis

On June 21, 2018, almost three years after Prime Minister Trudeau first proposed that recreational cannabis ought to be legalized in Canada, the Federal government gave Royal Assent to An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts (the “Cannabis Act”). For the first time, […]

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A Real Workplace Puzzle: The Ins & Outs of Safety Culture

What is safety culture? For some, it’s a buzzword that is oft-used but not truly understood. While safety culture isn’t tangible, it is definitely measurable. It’s also plastic. If your organization’s safety culture isn’t where it needs to be, it can be changed or strengthened. If your organization lacks safety culture, implement one. In order […]

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