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Dangers of Lack of Sleep in the Workplace

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According to the Guardian the UK loses 200,000 working days a year to absenteeism caused by lack of sleep. Not to mention the accidents, mistakes and impaired productivity that employees suffer when they do show up to work. With statistics like these, employers who want a productive, competitive and collaborative workforce may have a problem. When employees are tired at work, their mood, focus and motivation are negatively affected. In the long-term, lack of sleep can cause a risk of

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Employer Considerations For Drug Testing in the Workplace

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Drug testing in the workplace might seem like an invasion of privacy to many. However, in reality, it is a vital aspect of workplace safety, particularly in those industries where there are risks to workers and the public. So, if drug testing is to be carried out, then employers should follow some basic principles to ensure the rights of the employee are not violated. Informed Consent – Before taking the job, employees should be made aware of drug testing and

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Types of drugs testing In the Workplace

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In certain industries, such as those where employees need to make safety-critical decisions, it is important that employees are free from the influence of drugs or alcohol. Whilst it is impossible to prevent employees from taking drugs or using alcohol, ensuring that they are not under the influence is something that employers can actively manage in different ways. So what are the types of drug testing procedures available in the workplace? Pre-employment This is when an employer screens all potential

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Workplace Burnout – Are You Suffering?

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We all understand the importance of a good work-life balance. However, many employees are still struggling to find that balance. A mixture of stressful work environments, heavy workloads, pressure and long hours can leave people feeling exhausted but what can happen when it all becomes too much? Ultimately, people become at risk of burnout and that can leave them looking for all kinds of ways to deal with this feeling such as drink and drugs. When employees suffer from burnout,

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Drug Testing for Cannabis Use in the Workplace

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More and more people are turning to Cannabis. Whether it helps them to relax after a stressful day at work or they take it for medical purposes, there is no doubt that the side effects are dangerous, especially when it comes to the workplace. When people use Cannabis, they are putting themselves and their colleagues at risk and often, the individual may feel the need to use whilst at work. Whether they are operating machinery, working in a dangerous environment

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Drug & Alcohol Testing & Near-Miss Reporting

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A serious accident or incident can happen at any time and the natural response by many employers is to assess their workplace risks and the controls that are in place. This can help them determine what went wrong and what they can do to reduce the risk of it happening again. However, the truth is that many work-related accidents and incidents can be avoided through the use of a near-miss System. Along with this, near-misses can occur as a result

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The Impact of Diabetes in the Workplace

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Diabetes is a condition that is becoming more apparent in the workplace. Over the last 12 months, almost 4 million people have been diagnosed with the condition. This lifelong condition affects the blood sugar level, causing it to become too high. This is all down to the way in which the body is unable to break down glucose into energy. However, there are two types known as Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 occurs when the immune system destroys

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Free Medical Health Assessments At MECX Medical Manchester

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Did you know that sick employee can cost a business £975 per year through a combination of direct costs in sick pay, lost output and the provision of temporary staff. That’s why the team at MECX Medical are offering a FREE Medical Health Assessment Day at our Media City UK Manchester Office on the 21st August 19 which will cover things such as height, weight & body mass, Blood pressure, Eye sight, Hearing, Respiratory & Diabetes checks. For more information

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Pre-Employment Can Weed Out Substance Abusers

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According to recent studies it appears that 50% of employers no longer conduct any pre-employment alcohol and drug testing services on any new recruits. This is a huge decrease when you compare the figures to the 1990’s when over 75% of employers actually did so.  Could this be due to substance abuse going away? Well the simple answer is no. Substance abuse especially for prescription drugs and marijuana are now at epidemic levels, so there has never been a more important time

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Pre-Employment Drug & Alcohol Screening For Substance Abuse

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Pre-Employment Drug & Alcohol Screening For Substance Abuse According to recent studies it appears that 50% of employers no longer conduct any pre-employment alcohol and drug testing services on any new recruits. This is a huge decrease when you compare the figures to the 1990’s when over 75% of employers actually did so. Could this be due to substance abuse going away? Well the simple answer is no. Substance abuse especially for prescription drugs and marijuana are now at epidemic

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