SafeCare BC would like to thank everyone who participated in the highly successful Be Care Aware Day event on Sept. 24, 2015. A special thanks goes out to the staff at Pinegrove Place for hosting, all of our special guest speakers, the different unions and associations who endorsed the campaign as well as care homes and continuing care staff across the province.
On Sept. 24, the Be Care Aware Day event was held at Pinegrove Place in Richmond where Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors Darryl Plecas officially proclaimed Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 as Be Care Aware Day in the province of British Columbia.
“The provincial government is honoured to proclaim September 24 as Be Care Aware Day,” said Parliamentary Secretary Plecas. “We support a safe work environment for all health care workers and we are actively working with our partners to make health care spaces as safe as possible for staff and patients.”…read more.
A pseudo police officer, construction worker, care aide, and stumped Vancouverites gathered at Robson Square earlier this year to take part in the Be Care Aware Challenge, a contest put on by the SafeCare BC. Participants attempted to determine which profession is most at risk of getting injured on the job, with the challenge proving harder than most would anticipate.
See what Vancouverites had to say when they were put up to the Be Care Aware challenge in the video below.
Did you know continuing care workers are 4x more likely to be injured on the job compared to the provincial average? That’s over 120,000 days lost annually, and $23 million in claims paid every year! Every year, over 2 600 workers require time off work due to a work-related injury. This has far-reaching implications, affecting everything from staff retention and facility costs, to staff quality of life and quality of patient care. At SafeCare BC, we believe that everyone has a role to play in creating safer workplaces. We each have something to contribute to help keep ourselves, our colleagues, and the people we care for, safe. In an effort to reduce work-related injuries, we challenge you to join hundreds of your continuing care colleagues across the province in creating safer workplaces with a simple message: “Be Care Aware”.
Sharks, lions, and portable washrooms are all environmental risks, but what are the dangers faced by staff in continuing care? Find out in the video below, which puts a humorous spin on workplace safety.
It starts with you. By practicing safe work procedures and promoting a culture of safety in your workplace, you demonstrate that safety matters. You can help spread the message and challenge your colleagues to Be Care Aware:
But most of all, when you are at work, remember to “Be Care Aware”!