April 2013

Health and Safety

A Healing Space

Good spatial design can boost the efficiency and well-being of nurses by reducing the challenges posed by physical configurations that can lead to fatigue and errors, says a study published in January by Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

As poor floor design, storage closet clutter and crowded corridors contribute to fatigue and cause distractions, the study offers a design tool to increase efficiency in acute care settings by matching spatial design with caregivers’ workflow.

Low job control at work linked to health conditions

The study, from the Institute of Work & Health (IWH), in Toronto and published in the January/February issue of Canadian Journal of Public Health, looked at more than 6,600 workers between 35 and 60 who had not been previously diagnosed with hypertension, were not self employed and were working more than 10 hours a week for more than 20 weeks in the last year.

Expert tips on preventing hand injuries

Long-term hand injuries are also just as likely to cause permanent damage. It’s important to know how to recognize and prevent them.

If You Have an Accident - What to do and how to do it

You may never have seen anyone injured on the job. You may feel that nothing is likely to happen to you where you work. But just consider that in 2003, over 1,000,000 occupational injuries were reported. On average, one out of 15 Canadian workers was injured at work. The fact is no one is immune-accidents have occurred in every kind of occupation. It is an unfortunate fact that accidents will continue as long as things are being produced or employees work. When they do, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada is ready, in co-operation with employers, to look after the interests of those injured or suffering from an occupational disease.

How to Prevent Needlestick Injuries: Answers to Some Important Questions

As an employer of health care workers, you want and need to provide a safe and healthful workplace for your employees. In 1991, OSHA published the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, Title 29 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 1910.1030, to protect workers from exposures to bloodborne illnesses. Because needlestick injuries are a major cause of these exposures in the health care setting, it is important to recognize that there are work practices and engineering controls to help reduce these exposures and injuries. This brochure looks at the issue of safer needle devices and how they can help employers like you create a safer workplace to protect your workers.

Minister of Health Announces Upcoming Actions to Support the Health and Safety of Canadian Families

The health and safety of Canadian families is a top concern to both citizens and to the government. In January, the Harper government announced that it will ensure that supporting families with proper health care will be a priority for this year. This release explores some of the actions that are beginning to take shape as a result of this commitment.

Human Resources

Employee or Independent Contractor

Whenever you are hiring independent contractors for a position, there are always questions about how to treat this worker. There can also be some confusion over their employment status if they are treated more like an employee than a contractor. This article explores this issue and how you can test to see if a worker is truly being treated as a contractor or an employee.

HR Department turn to Social Networking Technology for Recruitment

With the fast changes that are happening in today’s society, finding the competitive edge when recruiting your workers is essential. Many companies are looking increasingly towards social media outlets in order to help in their recruitment efforts.

Employers Nervous about Ottawa’s rush to Reform Foreign-Worker Program

Faced with continuing criticisms that foreigners are taking jobs away from Canadians, the Conservative government is rushing to make reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, with officials working to include changes in the upcoming budget bill.

However the government’s new-found sense of urgency – which was clearly expressed last week by Prime Minister Stephen Harper – is making employer groups nervous.

How Dusty are your Employment Contracts

Even if you have had your employment contracts reviewed by an employment lawyer when they were first created, it is essential to have them reviewed periodically to ensure they are up to date and in line with new legislations. Many companies are facing issues with employees as a result of changes to the law or new precedents that make certain clauses on conditions void on a contract. Taking extra steps to update and review your contracts will help to protect the business and the worker.

When must Employee Travel Time be Paid?

Many companies always question what legal obligations they have to pay employees for travel time when it is associated with business. There are many different situations that can arise that may present questions as to what is the right way to handle the situation. In many cases, there is a legal obligation to pay employees for travel time. In this article, we explore a few questions that arise and what obligations any business may have.


Alarm growing over limited access to BC pharma data

By curbing access to the database for nearly a year, since last summer, the BC government is inflicting severe harm on numerous pivotal drug-safety studies, warns Dr. David Henry, chief executive officer of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto, Ontario, where data from BC are used in collaborations such as the Canadian Network for Observational Drug Effect Studies. "The most comprehensive data in Canada has been denied to us," Henry says, noting that the BC government has failed to respond to repeated inquiries from alarmed scientists across Canada. "We've not been given a way forward."

Tory government will end funding of body that oversees Canada’s health accord

The Health Council of Canada will no longer receive money from the federal government to keep tabs on an expiring health-care deal between Ottawa and the provinces.
The independent body is responsible for monitoring implementation of the 10-year, $41-billion health accord struck in 2004.

Which way to quality? Key perspectives on quality improvement in Canadian health care systems

While many Canadians believe we have one of the best health care systems in the world, recent international rankings for health care quality place Canada in the middle or at the bottom of the pack. This report calls for the establishment of common and measureable goals to achieve quality improvement in Canada’s health care systems.

More patients getting surgery, but wait times not improving

In 2012, more than 538,000 Canadians had priority surgical procedures and specialized treatments, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). That’s more procedures than have been performed in any other year in Canada and an increase of nearly 21,000 over 2011.

This record number emerges from CIHI’s latest annual report, Wait Times for Priority Procedures in Canada, 2013. However, the report also shows that, although more Canadians are undergoing priority procedures, in 2012, there was no overall reduction in the length of time patients waited. The report includes three-year trends and provides a cross-Canada perspective.

Impact of Information Technology on Human Resources in Healthcare

Incorporation of advances in information communications technology (ICT) into the workplace has had a major impact in human resource utilization in sectors of the economy where it has occurred in a substantial manner, such as manufacturing and financial services. While some benefits of ICT have been realized in healthcare, the full impact of its benefits will only be realized if it is incorporated in a systematic form, rather than in the current patchy and uneven manner seen around the province and across the country to date.

Product Recall’s and Advisories

Foreign Product Alerts: Snake Powder Capsule for Rheumatism, Jia Rong Zhuang Gu Tong Bi Jiaonang, and Long Ren Tang Fu She Gu Rang Jiao Nang April 2013

Foreign Product Alerts: Diet Garcinia Forte, Shan Dian Shou, and Aulura Energy Dietary Supplement April 2013

Foreign Product Alerts: Quan Xie Jin Gu Tong, Xinhuang Pian and Jin Gu Feng Shi Kang Jiao Nangu April 2013

Dexamethasone Sodium Phosphate Injection USP (dexamethasone phosphate) 10mg/mL - Recall of One Lot Due to Presence of Visible Particles in Some Vials - Notice to Hospitals April 2013

FreeStyle InsuLinx Blood Glucose Monitoring System April 2013

Precautionary recall of additional lots of Alysena-28 April 2013

TASIGNA (nilotinib) - Possible Risk of Developing Atherosclerosis-Related Conditions - For Health Professionals April 2013

Proton pump inhibitors: risk of bone fractures April 2013

HomeChoice and HomeChoice PRO Automated Peritoneal Dialysis Systems - Important Safety Information - Notice to Hospitals April 2013

Sterrad 100NX Sterilization Systems April 2013

TYKERB (lapatinib ditosylate) - Updated Information on Efficacy - For the Public March 2013

Integra Ojemann Cortical Stimulator OCS2 March 2013

Vascutape Radiopaque Tape March 2013

AU5800 Clinical Chemistry Analyzer March 2013

Hospira Infusion Pumps - Important Medical Device Safety Information - Notice to Hospitals March 2013

Unauthorized Libigrow Found on the Québec Market March 2013

Gemstar Pumps- ineffective protective layer March 2013

Health Canada informing healthcare professionals of safe use of fibrin sealants March 2013

Rifadin (rifampin capsules USP) - Voluntary Recall of One Lot Due to Capsules Under Fill Weight - For Health Professionals March 2013

Panocell-16 March 2013

Cefazolin for injection - 1gm and 10gm PWS March 2013

Novo-Gesic March 2013

Philips Heartstart Defibrillators March 2013

Triathlon Baseplate Impactor/Extractor March 2013

Microscan Microstrep Panel March 2013