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  • Alcohol and Substance Misuse

    The misuse of alcohol and other drugs can have a large negative impact on an employee’s health, as well as a negative effect on their performance and safety within the workplace. It has been found that employers pay an extra $597 per year for each employee who consumes too much alcohol1 and that approximately $7.1 […]

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  • Breastfeeding in the workplace

    The Ontario Human Rights Commission1 states that: It is against the law for workplaces to discriminate against a woman who is pregnant or breastfeeding An employer should provide a breastfeeding mother with enough time to breastfeed or express breast milk for her child Employees who require breaks for breastfeeding or expressing breast milk should be […]

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  • Depression

    Depression affects 1 in 20 employees in the workplace. It can affect anyone and can be caused by a number of different factors. It most often affects those between the ages of 24-44, an age group that are usually in their working years1. If left undiagnosed and untreated, it can lead to costly affects in […]

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  • Ergonomics in the Workplace

    What is Ergonomics? Ergonomics is “the scientific study of the relationship between people and their working environment with a view to improving safety, ease of action and efficiency.”1 Goal of Ergonomics The goal of ergonomics is to prevent ergonomics related hazards, which can contribute to musculoskeletal disorders. A musculoskeletal disorder (also known as MSD) is […]

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  • Healthy Eating in the Workplace

    Considering the fact that most people eat at least one meal or snack while at work, it is important to encourage healthy eating in the workplace. Eating well is important as it can help reduce the development of cancers, obesity, heart disease, and other illnesses1. Benefits of healthy eating in the workplace Increased energy Increased […]

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  • Physical Activity

    Physical activity in the workplace is extremely important, considering that Canadians spend more than half of their waking hours in the workplace. By becoming more physically active, you can reduce the risk of chronic disease development, such as heart disease and diabetes. The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines recommends that adults between the ages of 18 […]

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  • Reproductive Health and Pregnancy

    The workplace can have an important impact and role on a woman’s reproductive health and pregnancy. Therefore, it is important that workplaces develop policies that support those both trying to conceive and those who are expecting. Reproductive Health When planning a pregnancy and trying to get pregnant, there are numerous workplaces hazards that can affect […]

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  • Smoke-Free Workplaces

    It has been found that employees who smoke cost their employers and workplaces $4,256 per year, through increased absenteeism, decreased productivity, and increased medical and insurance costs1. What can employers do? Employers can do a number of things to help make their workplaces a smoke-free environment, such as: Educate employees on the Smoke-Free Ontario Act […]

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  • Stress

    Stress is an important issue in the workplace, as it has been found that 1 in 4 workers have reported being highly stressed. Stress in the workplace can be caused by factors such as high demands and a heavy workload1. If left unidentified and untreated, stress can lead to: chronic diseases such as heart disease […]

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  • Sun, UV and Heat Safety

    Skin cancer is the most common cancer, with about one third of all new cases of cancer in Canada being skin cancers. Since skin is your body’s largest organ, it is important to protect it, especially from ultraviolent (UV) rays, which can damage your skin and cause premature ageing, eye damage and skin cancer1. Heat […]

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