Canadian Safety Reporter

February 2015

Focuses on occupational health and safety issues at a strategic level. Designed for employers, HR managers and OHS professionals, it features news, case studies on best practices and practical tips to ensure the safest possible working environment.

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Safety Reporter Canadian February 2015 CPR worker fired after alcohol test refusal Arbitrator upholds company's decision BY JEFFREY R. SMITH AN ARBITRATOR HAS upheld a railway conductor's termina- tion for refusing to submit to an alcohol test. The employee was a conduc- tor for Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), hired in 1999. On Dec. 24, 2013, the conductor worked on an overnight train from Smiths Falls, Ontario, to Montreal, ar- riving in the morning. The crew — consisting of the conductor and an engineer — was sched- uled to finish their assignment at a hotel and head back to Smiths Falls by taxi in the afternoon. NEWS BRIEF ALCOHOL > pg. 8 SOUTHERN RAILWAY LOCKOUT CAUSES SAFETY CONCERNS Changes to operations during dispute should not affect safety, says lawyer pg. 2 THE BEST CURE FOR BREAST CANCER pg. 3 Where are the proceeds from all this pink merchandise really going? Experts say we should focus on prevention. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SPILLS INTO WORKPLACE First-ever Canadian study on workplace impact 'wake-up call' pg. 5 INSIDE ONE-THIRD OF WORKERS SUFFER FROM MENTAL HEALTH CONDITION: SURVEY One in three Canadian employees suffer or have suffered from a men- tal health condition, according to a survey by Morneau Shepell. More than one-half (58 per cent) said their productivity has been negatively impacted by stress at work, while 45 per cent said they have thought about leaving their job. Almost one-third of employees have taken time off work because of workplace stress and 25 per cent have become ill in the last six months due to stress. Eighty-three per cent said stress itself is not universally negative, depending on how the workplace supports and responds to workers. Employees believe overwhelm- ingly that a psychologically healthy workplace is a productive one. Only 56 per cent of employees believe their organization supports mental wellness on the job. "The survey revealed some dis- connects between employer and employee perceptions on how mental wellness is being handled in the workplace," said Paula Al- len, vice-president of research and integrative solutions at Morneau Shepell. Credit: auremar/Shutterstock CAMH > pg. 4 Some workplaces, such as the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, pose 'very specific risks' unique to their field. Violent occurrences can be more likely or more dangerous than the average office run-in. BY SABRINA NANJI THE FACT THAT violence is con- sidered "just part of the job" for staff at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto is part of the problem, according to workplace safety experts. The hospital came into the spotlight at the end of 2014 after a registered nurse was beaten and critically injured by a pa- tient. This happened days after the Ministry of Labour laid four charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act for another assault by a patient directed to- wards a nurse that occurred at CAMH in January 2014. The ministry found the cen- tre failed to provide sufficient information and supervision to protect a worker from workplace violence and failed to implement Assaults at CAMH raise union ire Nurses, other staff consider violence from patients 'just part of the job'

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