June 2014

Health & Safety

Deadline for mandatory health and safety training approaching

Ontario is introducing new training to help protect workers and keep them safe on the job.

Beginning July 1, 2014, employers in Ontario must ensure that all their workers and supervisors complete a basic occupational health and safety awareness training program. The content of the training must meet the new regulatory requirements.

Deadline extended for Canada’s Safest Employers award

The search continues for Canada’s Safest Employers 2014. We have extended the deadline to June 24 and we want to hear from you.

Does your company have exceptional health and safety programs in place? Does it engage employees in OHS? Do leaders walk the safety talk?

Popular contraceptive device Mirena target of lawsuits in Canada, US

Lawsuits are being filed in Canada and the U.S. against the maker of an increasingly popular contraceptive, alleging that women haven’t been properly warned about rare but potentially serious risks associated with the intrauterine device.

In 2013, 52 uterine perforations involving the Mirena IUD were reported to Health Canada -- a rate of one perforation per week. And some women say the device migrated to other parts of their bodies after insertion.

University of Calgary study suggests combined vaccine increases risk of fever-induced seizures

A single-shot vaccine used for toddlers across Canada doubles the risk of fever-induced seizures compared with using two separate vaccines, according to a University of Calgary study published Monday.

While the findings may fuel anti-vaccination advocates, the lead researcher says being honest with their research can help prevent another measles outbreak.

Website now ranks Alberta employers on workplace safety

Labour leaders are giving rare praise to the Alberta government for a revamped website that allows people to find out which employers have the highest number of workplace deaths and injuries

The government has put the information online since 2010 but critics said that the website was hard to search. The new version launched at the end of April changes that.

Human Resources

Get ready for CASL – Canada’s Anti-Spam Law

On July 1, 2014, the regulations that govern commercial email in Canada are changing — and unless you want to find yourself on the wrong side of the law, you need to understand what steps your business may need to take. If you currently send email marketing to Canadians or may in the future, here’s what you need to know.

It’s not just about spam.

Canada’s Anti-Spam Law affects more than just what you might think of as “traditional” spammers; it’s comprehensive legislation that will affect anyone who sends commercial email — and for email marketers, the part of the law that relates to them comes into full force on July 1. Most importantly, as of that date the sending of unsolicited commercial electronic messages will be a violation of law.

I want to leave work early to pick up my child. Does my employer have to accommodate me?

Your employer denies your request for an hour shift change to allow you to pick up your child from school each day at 5 p.m. Can you now file a valid human rights complaint for discrimination based on family status? Absolutely. And, however unlikely to succeed there can be no reprisal for making the complaint.

HRPA to leave Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations

The Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) has decided to leave the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA) — but it hasn’t ruled out rejoining in the future.

HRPA, the Ontario association which recently achieved self-regulated status, has been a member of CCHRA since 1994, according to Philip Wilson, chair of HRPA’s board of directors.

Halifax nurses’ morale ‘terrible’

Nurse Heather Burrows expects to be disciplined soon by Capital Health’s management in connection with last month’s illegal strike in the Halifax region.

The union member learned she’ll probably be suspended without pay for two eight-hour shifts despite, she said, being off sick with a doctor’s note when the one-day wildcat walkout took place.

Burrows said Thursday she’s not alone — colleagues at work who were similarly legitimately ill during the controversial interruption of services on April 1 are also to be suspended.

Employment outlook to stay stable in third quarter: Manpower survey

A survey by international human resources firm Manpower Inc. suggests about 20 per cent of Canadian companies expect to add to their payrolls in the third quarter.

However, Manpower Inc. says that figure falls to 10 per cent when seasonal variations are factored in, along with the four per cent of firms that expected to shed workers in the July-September period.


‘Weekend effect’ hospital risk found in Canadian study

Some people who are admitted to hospital on the weekend for emergency or surgical care face a slightly higher risk of death than if they came to hospital during a weekday, but the effect is so small that it shouldn’t detract from seeking care, Canadian doctors say.

The "weekend effect" — slightly higher odds of dying for weekend hospital admissions — has been documented for some patients in hospitals in Canada, the U.S., U.K., Denmark, Australia and South Korea.

Canada needs national palliative care plan, CMA urges

The Canadian Medical Association is calling for the creation of a national palliative-care strategy to ensure people across the country have access to a high-quality, dignified end-of-life experience.

The CMA is also warning that strong safeguards must be put in place if physician-assisted dying is legalized in Canada. Last week, Quebec became the first province to allow physician-assisted death.

Is the NDP’s five-day home care guarantee doable for Ontario?

The claim: NDP Leader Andrea Horwath promises that with an investment of $30 million per year, her party will “guarantee” that every Ontarian who needs home care services will get them within five days of being approved.

The background: Before last year’s Liberal budget, Horwath demanded home care waits be limited to five days, and says that’s one of the “broken promises” of the last Liberal government. It’s one of the reasons the NDPs pulled their support for the government, sparking the June 12 election.

New app lets Ontarians find clinics and pharmacies that speak their language

Finding the closest clinic or pharmacy where someone can serve you in your mother tongue is now a click away on your smartphone or computer, thanks to a free website/app with a memorable name — iamsick.ca — created by three U of T students.

Survey sounds alarm: Canadian doctors have ‘suboptimal’ breastfeeding knowledge

Canadian doctors have “suboptimal” knowledge of breastfeeding issues, says a new survey that sounds the alarm about the prevalence of one of the key barriers to helping new mothers breastfeed.

Researchers from the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) surveyed pediatricians, family doctors and medical residents across Canada about their breastfeeding knowledge. For the survey, they defined a knowledge score of 70 per cent as “acceptable.” That’s the minimum score pediatricians must receive in their speciality exam to obtain their certification from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Product Recall’s and Advisories

Zofran (ondansetron) - Dosage and Administration of Intravenous Ondansetron in Geriatrics (>65 years of age) - For Health Professionals

Health Canada Suspends Licence of "CanadaDrugs.com LP"

TERAZOL 7 Vaginal Cream 0.4% (terconazole); TERAZOL 3 Dual-Pak - Vaginal Cream 0.8%/Vaginal Ovules 80 mg (terconazole) - Risk of Anaphylaxis and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis - For Health Professionals

AGFA Digital Radiography X-ray System DX-D 100 (2014-06-06)

Clinimix 5% TRAVASOL Amino Acid Injection - Expanded Recall to Include Four Additional Products/Lots due to Particulate Matter Found in the Solution - Notice to Hospitals

Mentor Gel Sizers (2014-05-27)

Male Luer Lock Plug (2014-05-27)

VECTIBIX (panitumumab) - Rare Cases of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis - For Health Professionals

Hypertension drug PMS-Losartan-HCTZ recalled due to labelling error

CARESCAPE Monitor B650(2014-05-23)

Heartland Natural Wild Yam Moisturizing Cream contains undisclosed prescription drug ingredient

PMS-Losartan-HCTZ (2014-05-23)

Langston V2 Dual Lumen Catheter (2014-05-23)

RapidCuts Shredded Capsule (2014-05-22)

Single Width Airway Module(2014-05-21)

Hemospray Kit/Hemospray Endoscopic Hemostat (2014-05-21)

Acuson S2000 and 3000 Ultrasound System (2014-05-21)

Calcijex (2014-05-21)

ITS4850A Intellivue Telemetry System - Moinitor (2014-05-20)

Acuson S2000 and Acuson S3000 Ultrasound System (2014-05-20)

Microscan NEG BP Combo Panel(2014-05-20)

Para Post System Plastic Burnout Post (2014-05-16)

Sodium Chloride Irrigation 9mg/mL (2014-05-16)

Hospira Sodium Chloride 0.9% Irrigation, USP, 3000 mL Flexible Container (DIN 00037826, Lot 29037JT) - Recall of One Lot - Notice to Hospitals

Equate Black Cohosh (2014-05-15)

Tecnis CL Foldable Silicone IOL (2014-05-15)

Architect I System - EBV VCA IgM controls (2014-05-14)

Axiom Artis and Artis Zee Devices (2014-05-14)

New safety information: Risk of serotonin syndrome associated with serotonin blocking drugs used to treat nausea and vomiting

MOSAIQ (2014-05-14)

RP 360-Degree Suture Passer(2014-05-13)

Information Regarding the Transvaginal Implantation of Surgical Mesh Devices for the Treatment of Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Stress Urinary Incontinence

"Thyroid Gland" no longer authorized for sale

Surgical Mesh - Complications Associated with Transvaginal Implantation for the Treatment of Stress Urinary Incontinence and Pelvic Organ Prolapse - Notice to Hospitals

Short Ragweed Pollen (Allergenic Extract Pollens) (2014-05-12)

MacroLyte Premie Dispersive Electrode(2014-05-12)

Vitros Chemisty Products HSCRP Reagent (2014-05-12)

Apo-Risperidone (2014-05-12)

Corometrics 174 Series Monitor(2014-05-12)

Unicel DXC600i Synchron Access Integrated Clinical Systems, and Unicel DXI 800 and Unicel DXI 600 Access Immunoassay Systems (2014-05-10)

Ultra Ninhydrin Kit and Lithium Buffer (2014-05-09)