News

May 14
2014

Health and Safety Responsibilities in Long Term Care: What Does it Mean for Supervisors?

Under British Columbia’s Workers Compensation Act (“the Act”) and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (“the Regulation”), supervisors play an important role in promoting and maintaining a healthy and safe workplace. But who qualifies as a supervisor, and what are their responsibilities? To better answer these questions, we need to understand employers’ obligations. Key employer […]

May 13
2014

SafeCare BC Sells Out at BCCPA Annual Conference!

 We are thrilled to announce that both SafeCare BC sessions at the upcoming BC Care Providers Annual Conference are sold out! These sessions include a dialogue with Executive Director, Jennifer Lyle as well as look into the recent Training Needs Assessment with project coordinator Wynona Giannasi. If you were unable to secure a seat in […]

May 07
2014

BC NAOSH Week Launch a Success

The BC launch of the North American Occupational Safety and Health Week was a great success, with over 200 people in attendance for the event. Keynote speaker Matthew Bowcott delivered a powerful message about the importance of safe work practices by sharing his personal experience with a serious workplace accident. In B.C. alone, 87 organizations […]

Apr 24
2014

Make Safety a Habit- NAOSH week May 4-10, 2014

The North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week is a continent wide event spanning three countries Canada, USA and Mexico; that highlight to the public, government, and industry the importance of increasing understanding, raising awareness and reducing injuries and illness in the workplace, at home and in the community. The goal of the North […]

Apr 24
2014

Seats Open Up in Sold Out Session

Join us on May 26th as we host a session titled SafeCare BC- A Dialogue with the New Executive Director at this year’s BC Care Providers Association Annual Conference. Sit down with Executive Director, Jennifer Lyle as she shares SafeCare BC’s direction for the future and how it will help you and your organization. Long […]

Apr 23
2014

No Such Thing as an Accident?

Accidents happen. It’s a common refrain that we’ve all been told. Accidents cannot be anticipated, predicted or avoided. When something happens at work, we say there was an accident – someone was hurt in an unforeseeable, unpreventable event. But are these events truly accidents? Unwelcome – yes. Unfortunate – of course. But an accident? Col. […]

Apr 02
2014

Injuries in Long Term Care – By the Numbers

As remarked on recently in the news, if you were to look at the injury claims data for long term care, caring for others seems to be hazardous for your health. A story run in the Leader Post last year identified the health care sector as “…one of the most dangerous industries…” to work in. […]

Mar 20
2014

Violence in Long Term Care – Just Part of the Job?

The issue of violence in the workplace took a high-profile turn this past month, with an investigative journalism series on violence against health care workers in hospital, psychiatric, and long term care facilities. The stories shared by these health care workers were shocking in their content and served to highlight the very real impact violence […]

Mar 19
2014

Mackenzie Appointed as Canada’s First Seniors Advocate

On March 19th, Health Minister Terry Lake appointed Isobel Mackenzie as Canada’s first Seniors Advocate. Mackenzie has stepped down from the SafeCare BC Board effective immediately in order to pursue her new role as Seniors Advocate. “We want to congratulate Isobel on her appointment as BC’s new Seniors Advocate,” says Jennifer Lyle, ED SafeCare BC. “Isobel has […]

Mar 17
2014

SafeCare BC is Featured in Leading COHSN Newsletter

SafeCare BC was recently featured in COHSN Canada, the leading Canadian occupational health and safety newsletter. “It’s wonderful to see a new initiative like SafeCare BC recognized by such a widely-read and respected health and safety publication,” says Lyle on the first page feature on SafeCare BC. Included in the article by Jeff Cottrill are […]