Occupational Health Surveillance

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We believe in providing high quality occupational health services to organizations across Canada, promoting safe workplaces and preventing injury. We specialize in drug and alcohol testing and comprehensive fit for work medical examinations. We have fully trained and qualified audiometric and spirometry evaluation technicians, breath-alcohol testing technicians, and specimen collectors for substance abuse testing.  We have an extensive network of occupational health and safety professionals. As specialists in occupational health, we provide evaluations that are job specific, compliance specific (if applicable) and meet the highest professional, ethical and legal standards in both a time-sensitive and cost effective manner.

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Our services include:

  • Pre-placement and Periodic Medical Exams based on Job Descriptions
  • Contractor and Subcontract Testing Management
  • Commercial Driver Medicals
  • Hearing Conservation Program including Audiometric Evaluations
  • Respirator Fitness Program including Lung Function Evaluations and Mask Fit Evaluations

Hearing Conservation and Audio Evaluations

In addition to baseline and periodic hearing tests, we provide a full hearing conservation program. Noise surveys can be provided on-site with mobile hearing evaluations available. Program development and policy writing can be customized to meet occupational health and safety regulations with worker education. We use the most sophisticated computer software in Canada, featuring immediate test results for the employee, summary reports for the Occupational Health Committee, and teaching tools to provide faster, more accurate evaluations.

Medical Exams

Fit For Work Health Assessments (Baseline and Periodic) are completed as a standard for safety-sensitive positions and any other positions as designated by management to ensure an employee is found ‘medically fit’ for the job, and that they are able to do the work without injuring themselves or others. Upon completion, certificates outlining the employee’s fitness for work are issued to the designated representatives.

Contractor and Subcontractor Testing Management

There are many companies that we work with that choose to contract out their work rather than directly hiring employees. We can help you to ensure your subcontractors are meeting site requirements. These site requirements may include site access, post incident, reasonable suspicion or periodic/annual testing. Wellpoint will provide you with an easy step-by-step package to make registering an efficient process for both you and your subcontractor.

Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs

We offer all types of drug and alcohol testing and are able to customize protocols to meet your company needs. Drug & Alcohol Testing allows your company to meet the requirements for all regulated and non-regulated safety-sensitive employees. Our technicians are trained with the highest level of certification and we utilize premier software to deliver results directly to you. Not only are we able to provide on-site services, but also we are available after hours for 24/7 emergency testing.

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Our drug testing services include:

  • Express Urine Drug Testing (Basic or Custom Panels)
  • Lab-Based Urine Drug Testing (Basic or Custom Panels)
  • Oral Fluid Testing (Express or Lab-Based)
  • Hair Sample Lab-Based Testing
  • Alcohol Testing (Breath or Saliva)

Supervisor Training for Reasonable Suspicion (Online / In-house Course)

Our instructor led training provides opportunity for discussion and a number of various scenarios to give participants an opportunity to put into practice the steps for handling reasonable suspicion situations. Regardless of the training method you choose, our goal is to ensure your supervisors know how to recognize the signs and symptoms of substance abuse in the workplace, and how to handle these situations. Upon completion supervisors will be equipped with the knowledge to confidently manage reasonable suspicion situations in keeping with your company’s Substance Abuse Prevention Policy. To register, please click here.

Employee Drug & Alcohol Awareness (Online / In-house Course)

This session focuses on educating employees about substance use and abuse. We’ll discuss the risk factors for substance abuse and how substance use can progress to substance abuse/dependency. Participants will learn more about the physical and mental effects of drug and alcohol abuse as well as identifying suspected drug or alcohol impairment in the workplace and why it is crucial to report these suspicions to a supervisor. To register your employees, please click here.

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Wellness Initiatives

wellnessWellpoint offers a range of wellness services that give your employees easy access to education, assessments, counselling, and vaccinations. The result is a healthier, more engaged, and more productive team. Creating a healthy workplace is the right thing to do since it promotes employee well-being, as well as being good for your overall business. Companies with health and wellness programs have found that healthy employees are more productive, engaged and require less time away from work. Wellpoint’s wellness initiatives are tailored to fit the needs of your company and your employees.

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Wellness Initiatives

Biometric Screening

Wellpoint nurses offer biometric screening, one-on-one counselling, and education. Biometric screening gives clients an immediate assessment and review of basic health indicators. Blood pressure, total cholesterol and glucose screening, and body mass index, are all conducted at your workplace. High risk clients benefit from learning more about what is often an unidentified condition. We offer follow up management of high risk employees, with health coaching and stay at work support for those managing chronic disease states.

Influenza and Vaccine Clinics

Influenza is one of the world’s most contagious diseases, and is a major cause of workplace absenteeism. On-site immunization clinics give employees the option of receiving a flu vaccination, without having to take time off to visit an outside flu clinic. Flu vaccination can reduce absenteeism by 40-50%. We can advise and provide adult immunizations for both occupational purposes such as specialized vaccines for those in working in research, pharmacology, pathology, food products etc.

Travel Medicine Consultation

Wellpoint professionals advise employers and employees on pre-travel medical requirements for safe business travel. Access to a network of health care providers gives Wellpoint the ability to provide safe and effective treatment should an employee become ill while travelling.

Health Fairs and Lunch and Learn Sessions

Health Fairs range in length from a few hours to a full day, and encompass a wide range of health and wellness activities. They can be custom-tailored to meet both company and employee needs. Lunch and Learn sessions offer a fun and interactive way to reinforce healthy lifestyle choices and cover such topics as: Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Depression, Stress, Nutrition, Physical Activity, Back Health, Colds and Flu and more.

Mental Health and Mindfulness at Work

Our mental health training includes seminars that help de-stigmatize mental health in the workplace, and train managers on recognizing the signs and symptoms of mental illness and addictions at work. We know how critical employee engagement is and how easily workplace issues and stress can impact employee wellbeing. We offer a suite of training options both in half and full day format.

Our Saskatoon location now has a fully certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor on staff. Click here for more information.

Healthy Workplace Policies and Consultations

Assessment and Consultations

A comprehensive approach to wellness at work begins with a complete needs assessment. We look at your claims data, health based cost drivers, disability and workers’ compensation experience, your culture, and your goals for a healthy workplace, to create a wellness plan or wellness calendar. We tie your occupational health and safety programs to your wellness strategy, so you target those areas that need attention and will have the biggest impact on employee health.

Policy Development

We can work to help craft Healthy Workplace policies that will deliver the wellness outcomes your business needs. We examine three core workplace elements, and target our approach and your policies to all three employee health programs, improving workplace practices to positively impact health and helping to create a culture of health at the highest level.

  • setting up health and wellness committees, or adding wellness to existing committee agendas
  • involving executives as key wellness sponsors, getting top level buy in for integrated wellness
  • creating comprehensive health promotions tools, outreach the communications your total wellness approach

On-Site Occupational Health Services

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Maintaining a healthy and productive workplace relies on a number of variables, one of which is the employee’s access to medical care.  When care is not accessible for incidents such as minor injuries, resulting outcomes are downtime, absenteeism, and lost productivity. For situations where your location, the nature of your business, your physical space or preference requires onsite support, Wellpoint has the resources for you. From expert pre-employment medicals to helping create your healthy workplace approach, we can be available at your worksite, where and when you need us.

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Our services include:

  • Disability Management Services including early illness intervention to keep employees at work
  • Occupational Injury Service (OIS)
  • Post Offer and Pre-placement Medical Exam
  • Periodic Medical Exams for special circumstances (firefighters, fork lift operators, etc.)
  • Wellness Initiatives
  • Designated Substance and other Medical Surveillance Exam Programs
  • Hearing Conservation Program including Audiometric Evaluations
  • Vision Screening
  • Respirator Protection Program including Pulmonary Function Evaluations
  • Drug and Alcohol Testing and Substance Programs
  • Healthy Workplace Policies and Consultations
  • Immunization Programs such as Flu shots

Nursing and Occupational Health Physicians

Wellpoint’s nurses have advanced training in Occupational Health including pre-placement medical assessments, disease and wellness counselling, emergency care and follow-up, absence management through early intervention, and the management of modified work programs. On-site nurses can help achieve early and safe return to work for your employees, providing optimal support to your team, devoted to disability management.­­ Our nurses help prevent reportable work related accidents and illnesses which can have a substantial impact on your Workers’ Compensation rates.

Wellpoint provides only physicians with advanced training in Occupational Medicine to provide on-site services to your organization. Our physicians are certified by the Canadian Board of Occupational Medicine, the Canadian College of Family Physicians or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. Our physicians provide important input on occupational health practices, medical opinions and return to work consultation. They are active in challenging medical diagnoses not based on acceptable disease recovery times. The resulting savings, both in terms of time and money, can be considerable.

Pre-Placement and Periodic Medical Examinations

Wellpoint utilizes trained Occupational Nurses to provide Pre-placement and Periodic Medical Assessments. Pre-placement nursing examinations provide each prospective employee with a general targeted health assessment that takes into account past medical history, history of occupational exposures, lifestyle factors, family history, and other factors that may impact on a person’s ability to perform his or her job. When the nursing assessment identifies significant health issues, or when there are concerns as to the prospective employee’s ability to perform the proposed job safely, a Wellpoint physician provides a final fitness for duty assessment. This assessment takes into account the employee’s effectiveness at performing the proposed job, as well as your company’s obligation under prevailing human rights legislation and other employment-related legislated obligations.

Physician Consultation

When medical problems emerge in the workplace, you need a professional with medical training to turn to for advice – someone you can trust. Wellpoint has qualified and experienced Occupational Health Physicians available to our case managers, onsite nurses and to you, to answer your employee health related questions and to guide you toward an appropriate solution. Our physicians can also help clarify medical information with doctor to doctor consultations as needed.

Occupational Injury Service

Alberta’s Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) has created a program known as the Occupational Injury Service (OIS), and we are a proud partner in this program.  OIS was developed to provide timely and appropriate medical care and disability management services specifically designed for occupational injuries – with a special emphasis on immediate (same day) communication with the employer to facilitate safe return to work.  Wellpoint’s OIS approach leads to both reductions in wait times and compensation costs while increasing satisfaction for injured workers, unions, employers and WCB Case Managers. All of our Alberta clinics have OIS status.