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WorkSafeBC is releasing a discussion paper with proposed amendments to the Current Rehabilitation Services and Claims Manual that guide wage rate decisions related to short-term and long-term disability compensation. Recommended amendments include: These changes may affect your claims costs. Click here to view the proposed changes and offer feedback to WorkSafeBC – The deadline is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, […]
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Loving Home Care is a TOP Performer

July 19, 2019

Last year, SafeCare BC established a Tailored Outreach Program, or TOP for short. There are now 28 organizations participating, representing both long-term care and home care and community health support.

Loving Home Care Services is one of those TOP performers and believes that being so is good for its staff and clients. Based in West Vancouver, Loving Home Care Services has been providing home care assistance for more than 25 years and strives to be proactive about workplace injury prevention.

“We thought it would be an incredible benefit for our organization to be part of TOP,” says Daniel Purgal, Chief Operating Officer, Loving Home Care Services. “TOP complements what we were already doing and shows our staff and clients that we are accountable and responsive to health and safety. And the fact this is coming from SafeCare BC lends credibility for our staff.”

The Tailored Outreach Program allows organizations to find out where they are doing well, and areas that need attention. A gap analysis, policy development, tools, and help with the creation of an action plan tailored to their needs are all things participants get.

Being part of TOP increases the awareness of an organization’s health and safety program and enhances worker safety. “It targets the organization’s safety culture and not only helps them comply with regulations, but also positively engages health and safety committees and senior leaders and management,” says Mavis Gibson, SafeCare BC’s Director, Workplace Health and Safety Programs. “Everyone can be a TOP performer. There is no organization that couldn’t benefit.”

Since joining TOP, Loving Home Care Services has been working on formalizing its health and safety program and has built a robust web portal for its staff, which contains resources on violence prevention, harassment, and musculoskeletal injuries. In addition, a monthly staff newsletter always contains information from SafeCare BC.

“The staff tell me how appreciative they are of the resources we share with them,” says Purgal. “Being part of TOP is one way we show that we care about the health, safety and well-being of our staff. I would encourage TOP to any organization that wants to create an accountable and credible safety culture, and a workplace people will be proud of.”

If you want your organization to be a TOP performer, contact Mavis Gibson at to be considered for the 2020 cohort.

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