July 2013

Health and Safety

Tackling mental health problems in the workplace
Almost 3.5 million Canadian workers are affected by mental illness, with depression and anxiety two of the most common illnesses. As stress levels increase every year, how can employers help support their employees’ mental health?
Mental Health Works national program manager Kathy Jurgens said mental illness is an overlooked workplace issue, but there are ways to better manage it to protect your staff and help your company.

Are your workers ‘sleep drunk’?
More than a million Canadian workers could be so tired it’s comparable to drunkenness, according to a new report.
Research from the UK study has revealed half of workers get between five and seven hours of sleep a night and go to work in a 'semi-conscious' state.
According to Statistics Canada, 13 per cent of women and 17 per cent of men are getting less than 6.5 hours of sleep a night, putting them at risk of “sleep drunkenness”.

Workplace Improvements: How To Make Your Space More Enjoyable
Progressive organizations around the world are beginning to understand the importance of employee wellbeing. They now know that improving workplace wellness isn't just a nice thing to do for employees -- it helps the company bottom line in numerous ways, such as increased job satisfaction, productivity and morale, in addition to reducing turnover, absenteeism and presenteeism (coming to work sick)*.

Paid sick days reduced influenza spread in workplaces
Access to paid sick days reduced the transmission of influenza in the workplace, according to recent data published in the American Journal of Public Health. Having specialized “flu days” reduced the incidence even more.

Employers must act quickly on mental illness
The World Health Organization estimates that depression will be the second biggest cause of disability in the world by 2020. This will have a significant impact on our workplaces and can mean new challenges for employers in terms of costs, increased absences, sick pay, the need to hire temporary replacements, health and safety issues and liability should the mental illness arise from work-related causes.

Health and Safety
This page provides a comprehensive guide to the Government of Canada’s guide to Health and Safety in the Workplace.
The Government of Canada protects workplace safety through legislation, programs and services designed to prevent accidents and injuries on the job. The Labour Program works proactively with employers to reduce occupational injuries and illnesses in federally regulated workplaces by providing information on improving health and safety in their organizations.

Human Resources

40 per cent of Canadians feeling ‘vacation-deprived’
Working Canadians wish they could have as many vacation days as their counterparts across the Atlantic, according to an Expedia.ca survey.
Canadians will receive an average of 17 vacation days this year but respondents said they would actually be happy with 30 vacation days. Europeans averaged 25 to 30 days vacation days per calendar year, according to a similar global study conducted by Expedia in 2012.

“Not man enough”: male caregivers suffer at work
Men who care for their families, women without children – one would expect the world to be accepting of people making decisions that suit their lifestyles and aspirations. Unfortunately it seems many social groups are still unaccepting of those choosing non-traditional roles.

Common termination mistakes – what you need to know
When you look at what draws companies into the court or arbitration system terminations take the cake for one of the most common problem areas. So what are the common mistakes made and how can you avoid them?

Canadians see misconduct in workplace, but few are reported: study
In all workplaces, employees must be aware of what is happening around them and managers must rely on their people to help report issues or incidences in the workplace. As many as 42% of working Canadians – or 7.1 million — say they have witnessed breaches of ethical conduct in their workplace and 48% of them did not report the misconduct, according to a new study on ethics in the Canadian workplace.

Despite Coverage, High Costs Limit Health Care Access
A significant number of people with employer-provided health insurance have problems accessing affordable health care services, according to research by the nonprofit Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI).
Lower-income employees have greater problems with health care access—broadly defined as not filling prescriptions because of cost, skipping doses to make medication last longer, or delaying or avoiding getting health care because of cost.


Innovations in Reducing Wait Times: A Video Series
Wait times for all health organizations can present issues and can affect level of treatment in patients. Health Canada has always sought out new and innovative ways to help reduce wait times and increase service effectiveness. In this series of video’s, you will see some new and innovative ways to reduce wait times that have been used in Thompson Manitoba and St. John’s Newfoundland. More video’s will also be released later in the fall of 2013.

Uninsured refugees denied basic health care in Canada: doctors
On the heels of World Refugee Day and protests by Canadian doctors who claim refugees are not receiving the most basic human health care, clinics on the ground face difficult decisions.
Sue Grafe, a nurse practitioner with the Hamilton Centre for Newcomer Health (HNCH), receives refugee patients who under current government law are ineligible for basic health care.
“I want (Canadians) to know it’s not about the extras, it’s about the basics that are being denied,” Grafe told CTV News.

Many health websites tracking and sharing search info: study
A new study finds many health websites are using tracking systems to monitor the search terms their users are typing in, and some are also sharing that information with outside companies -- raising some serious privacy concerns, says the study authoronline tracking

Cardiac Rehab Helps Other Chronic Conditions Too
Yes, cardiac rehab after a heart event is important in a patient’s recovery. But prevention is even better. That’s why the Cardiac Education and Rehabilitation Program at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre would like to expand programming to include high-risk clients to help them delay or avoid heart events. The program has already accepted patients with other chronic conditions or with multiple risk factors into the program as a preventative measure.

Nursing order sets standardize care across sectors, geographical areas
For decades, the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) has been helping nurses provide the best care possible to their patients or clients. RNAO reviews the latest research evidence on nursing interventions that produce the highest quality health outcomes, and publishes this information in its best practice guidelines (BPG). Hundreds of health-care organizations – nationally and internationally – have implemented RNAO BPGs since they were first introduced in 1999. There are currently 48 BPGs; nine of which focus on healthy work environments, and 39 on clinical practice.

Product Recalls and Advisories

CLINOLEIC 20% - Potential for the Presence of Particles from the Administration Port Material - For Health Professionals July 2013

Health Canada warns about additional unauthorized health products from Veslon Cosmetics and Super Discount Distributing July 2013

Recall of Various Lots of Medtronic MiniMed Insulin Reservoirs July 2013

ACLASTA (zoledronic acid 5 mg/100 mL) - Volume overfill in vials of solution for intravenous infusion - For Health Professionals July 2013

APO-CEPHALEX (cephalexin) - Recall Due to Possible Reduced Efficacy - For Health Professionals July 2013

Hydroxyethyl starch solutions should not be used in some critically ill patients June 2013

Voluntary Recall of 2 Lots of AmBisome (liposomal amphotericin B for injection) - Risk of Bacterial Contamination - Notice to Hospitals June 2013

ACET-650 suppositories: Two lots recalled due to mislabelling and potential overdose risk June 2013

Alkyl Nitrite Recall June 2013

Potential of under- or over-delivery of insulin associated with Paradigm and Polyfin Insulin Infusion Sets June 2013

AmBisome June 2013

Flexible Medullary Reamer June 2013

4.5 mm LCP Curved Condylar Plate June 2013

Intralipid - Missing French Label Information Regarding Allergic Reactions to Egg-, Soya- or Peanut Protein - For Health Professionals June 2013

Brilliance 6/10/16 Slice CT System June 2013

Health Canada’s review recommends codeine only be used in patients aged 12 and over June 2013