May 2013

Health and Safety

Protected Jobs for Caregivers

The new Ontario government has introduced legislation that would, if passed, provide unpaid job-protected leave for employees while they care for sick or injured loved ones or cope with the illness or loss of a child.

Health and Safety Trumps Employee’s Seniority

In a recent decision, an Ontario arbitrator has upheld the dismissal of a grievor with 37 years of service for repeated violations of the company's health and safety rules and policies.1 The decision emphasizes the right of employers to impose significant discipline for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and related company policies and programs. It also signals to workers that their long service may not overcome significant or repeated breaches of health and safety policies or the OHSA.

Health centre commits to improving obstetrics

PARRY SOUND - The West Parry Sound Health Centre has unveiled a new patient safety program for obstetrics.  
Called, Managing Obstetrical Risk Efficiently (MOREOB), the program is an initiative aimed at improving patient outcomes in hospitals all across Canada. The program has been steadily growing across North America and is now used in more than 260 hospitals.

Workplace wellness fails bottom line, waistlines: Report

A long-awaited report on workplace wellness programs, which has still not been publicly released, delivers a blow to the increasingly popular efforts, Reuters has learned, casting doubt on a pillar of the Affordable Care Act and a favorite of the business community.

Firms can’t ignore mental health

If your organization isn’t tackling mental health in a proactive manner, with a well thought-out strategy, it’s playing a dangerous game with the bottom line.

The numbers are staggering. One in five Canadians will experience a mental health problem or illness in any given year, according to the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). Nearly one-third of short- and long-term disability claims in the country are attributed to mental health and it costs the economy $51 billion a year. A good chunk of that total — $20 billion — stems directly from workplace losses.

Health and Safety Hazards Inherent in Health Care Work

Risk assessment of health and safety hazards is the process of a qualitative and/or quantitative determination of the likelihood of adverse effects resulting from exposures to hazards. Risk assessments help to identify hazards, developing control programs and advising workplace parties of hazards. Written measures and procedures for controlling hazards should be developed after assessing risks in consultation with the Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) or Health and Safety Representative (HSR).

Human Resources

New Video Explains Rights Surrounding Deductions From Wages

A new animated video has been created by the Ontario Ministry of Labour to reinforce a message about workplace rights: employers cannot deduct from an employee’s wages unless a statute, court order or written authorization from the employee allows it.

The video – less than three minutes long – shows various situations where deductions from wages to cover losses are not allowed, including shoplifting, “dine and dash,” and “gas and dash” scenarios.

Workplace Investigations Do’s and Don’ts

Workplace investigations are challenging because as the investigator you are trying to get at the truth of disputed matters under difficult circumstances. The challenges are numerous: witnesses may be uncooperative or have their own agendas. Witnesses may be afraid to speak candidly. The information available is often confusing or incomplete. Often conflicting accounts are given, putting you in the position of judging credibility. Nonetheless, despite these challenges, you are charged with the responsibility of making a factual determination as to what actually occurred.

How to hold onto remarkable employees

A strong retention plan is important to succession because employees provide the continuity between the founding or current ownership team and the next ownership team. They have relationships with customers and suppliers that must be maintained if the business is to flourish under new ownership. They also hold the knowledge required to train new employees, and to ensure the business continues to operate smoothly. Buyers want to know that the people who run the business are going to stay for the long term; they also realize that they will have more difficulty obtaining financing if lenders see high turnover rate. Lenders need the assurance that the people who understand the business and are able to connect with customers will remain post succession.

Regulatory HR bill in Ontario passes second reading

The bill that would see HR professionals regulated in a manner similar to accountants in Ontario passed second reading in the Ontario legislature on April 25.

Bill 32, An Act respecting the Human Resources Professionals Association, is sponsored by three MPPs: Vic Dhillon (Liberal), Christine Elliott (Progressive Conservative) and Michael Prue (NDP).

Guidelines for Training Traditional Health Practitioners in Primary Health Care

Traditional health practitioners are a valuable and sustainable resource that already exists in most communities. The training and utilization of these practitioners in primary health care, working in close collaboration with conventional health staff, can be expected to contribute, in many countries substantially, to obtaining more practical, effective, and culturally acceptable health systems for communities.

This document guides employers through the various steps in planning, determining, selecting and executing an effective training plan for your employees.


Is blood supply in Canada truly safe?

As a family, we were thrown into the world of researching this subject with scouring research data and getting medical personnel opinions after our 23-year-old, strong, athletic gay son passed away Aug. 26, 2012, and his organs were not taken because he was a gay man.

It must be understood that Canada uses the most state of the art NAT testing for blood screening and there is a maximum of 21 days for all nine blood borne diseases tested to show up. The question is, why do we eliminate one portion of the population when we desperately need blood and organs in this country?

Can naturopaths deliver complementary preventive medicine?

Complementary and alternative medicine is frequently and often legitimately criticized for failing to subject its treatments to scientific evaluation. Yet when scientific studies of such therapies do appear in leading medical journals, controversy typically ensues, and the journals themselves are often chided for having published them. The high-profile TACT trial of chelation therapy for secondary prevention of cardiovascular events, and the strong reactions generated in response,2 are but one very recent example.

Healthcare reforms not keep pace with needs of Canadians, says report

“Regardless of where you live in Canada, Canadians should be able to access a primary care provider when care is needed, they should have timely access to surgeries, and the cost of medications should not cause undue financial hardship,” says Dr. Jack Kitts, Chair of the Health Council of Canada. “However, because of the variability across the country, this is not the case.”

Scoping Reports on Measurement in Primary Health Care

The Canadian Primary Health Care Research and Innovation Network (CPHCRIN) is pleased to host three important and related scoping reports on measurement in primary health care (PHC). Measurement is basic to organizational quality improvement, reporting, and accountability and research to improve our understanding of primary health care (PHC) service delivery. Stakeholders, including decision-makers, clinicians, and researchers very often need to collect data that is best reported by practices, clinicians, and/or patients to answer practice and research questions.

New is Open, CMS-free

The new follows our CMS-free philosophy. It will be a completely static website, generated by Jekyll, moving away from content management systems, which Bryan describes as "complicated to configure, complicated to setup, and add unnecessary overhead." Website generators like Jekyll work by combining template files with content and rendering them to static html pages. They provide the best balance between content creation and editing flexibility, serving an incredibly fast and reliable website.

Product Recall’s and Advisories

Apo-Clindamycin, Clindamycine-150 and Clindamycine-300 (clindamycin hydrochloride) - Presence of Trace Amounts of Quetiapine Fumarate in the Capsules May 2013

Four acetaminophen products for children and infants recalled due to quality concerns May 2013

Three companies voluntarily recalling all lots of their antipsychotic medication due to possible contamination issues May 2013

Co Quetiapine (quetiapine fumarate) - Voluntary Recall Due to Possible Contamination Issues May 2013

Sanis Quetiapine (quetiapine fumarate) - Voluntary Recall Due to Possible Contamination Issues May 2013

Covidien Surgical Stapler Reloads - One Lot of Non-Sterile Devices Stolen - Notice to Hospitals May 2013

Magnesium Sulfate Injection USP 50%, 50 mL Vial - Recall Due to Potential Presence of Glass Particles May 2013

Health Canada's review of Diane-35 supports current labelling and use May 2013

Riva-Quetiapine (quetiapine fumarate) - Voluntary Recall Due to Possible Contamination Issues May 2013

THALOMID (thalidomide capsules) - Risk of Second Cancers May 2013

Zithromax/Zmax SR (azithromycin) - Risk of Potentially Fatal Irregular Heart Beats May 2013

Cathflo (alteplase) - Particulate matter observed in some vials: additional instructions for use May 2013

FL14E Rose Bed - Risk of Bed Siderail Collapse May 2013

Alenti Lift and Hygiene Chair - Risk of Chair Tipping and Patient Falls May 2013

Avastin (bevacizumab) - Cases of Necrotizing Fasciitis Reported May 2013

THALOMID (thalidomide capsules) - Risk of Arterial Blood Clots May 2013