Canadian Safety Reporter

April 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 April 2015 Hepatitis C a serious concern for baby boomers: Experts BY SARAH DOBSON MENTION HEPATITIS C and many people make a face, un- comfortable with talk of an in- fectious disease often associated with intravenous drug use and sexual activity. But the virus can be caught many ways, such as through poorly sterilized medi- cal equipment. And symptoms of hepatitis C can be minor or not present at all, so while a simple blood test may provide answers, it's often not done because people aren't aware they are at risk. As a re- sult, the virus can go undetected NEWS BRIEF Prices > pg. 8 HIGH COST OF INJURY Workers who suffer a permanent injury on the job are much more likely to die prematurely, according to an IWH study pg. 2 ANGRY PHONE CALLS pg. 3 Despite harassing and verbally abusing other employees, a worker shouldn't have been dismissed from his job, according to an arbitrator looking at a case involving CPR DO EAPS REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE? A recent Canadian study paints a clear picture of the fi nancial benefi ts for employers offering employee assistance programs as part of group benefi ts pg. 6 INSIDE FOOTBALL PLAYER CALLS IT QUITS OVER HEALTH CONCERNS San Francisco 49ers player Chris Borland, a leading rookie last season, is retiring from the NFL over health concerns related to re- peated head trauma, ESPN and the team said. "While unexpected, we certainly respect Chris' decision," 49ers gen- eral manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. "I just want to live a long, healthy life and I don't want to have any neurological diseases or die young- er than I would otherwise," Borland told ESPN. Head trauma is an issue that has rattled the league and prompted a massive lawsuit against the NFL. A class-action lawsuit involv- ing thousands of former players, fi led in 2012, contended that the league hid the dangers of brain in- jury among players while profi ting from the sport's violent physical contact. There have been suicides in recent years by former NFL play- ers. In February, a U.S. judge refused to accept a proposed settlement between the NFL and the players, saying payment should be expand- ed for some players and families among other concerns. Credit: Antoniu/Shutterstock. Social media > pg. 4 BY LIZ BERNIER STICKS AND STONES — and nasty emails — may not actually break a person's bones, but they can lead to some pretty signifi- cant consequences in the work- place. Whether it's increased stress claims, a toxic work culture, high turnover or all of the above, the negative impacts of bullying can be challenging and costly for an organization. As our cultural awareness of bullying increases, we've begun to realize bullying doesn't stay in the schoolyard, according to Ruth Wright, director of lead- ership and HR research at the Conference Board of Canada in Ottawa. "It's a growing social issue. We're hearing about reports of cyberbullying in the schools, with some tragic consequences From school to the office New tools used in workplace bullying, cyberbullying include texts, emails

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