Feedback for Exemptions and Exclusions Under the Employment Standards ActPharmacist · Nov. 18, 2017
I am in favour of removing the exemptions. I used to work some 12 hour shifts. Even in my 30's, I found that I worked at about 50% efficiency by 6pm after a busy 9hours in a retail setting by myself. At that time, billings to third parties were done by hand and it was all I could do to try and finish the paperwork and fill all prescriptions by 9pm. Afterwards I had to drive home to another city.
One morning driving to work I almost was hit by a train. I was so tired that I never saw it approaching. Thanks goodness the train was slow-moving and the conductor blew the whistle.
Pharmacists need breaks and lunch to rejuvenate. It is too easy to make a mistake when you're tired and hungry.
There should also be limits on hours worked.Some pharmacists work 14 hour shifts and then drive long distances home afterwards. This is ridiculous and a major safety concern. It is time for pharmacists to be treated with some respect in regard to working conditions and expectations. I also feel that an assistant or technician should always be working with a pharmacist. If a pharmacist is working by himself, how can he complete a useful med check, do the injections and answer phones with no help. Employers seem to take major advantage of employees who work as hard as they can. This is like waiting for a disaster to happen. It's just a matter of time.