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This risk assessment audit tool includes a template for long-term care, home care and community health support, and non-clinical areas.
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In long-term care it is increasingly apparent that who is on shift is just as important as how many staff are on shift. Quality care is difficult to achieve when we do not routinely engage with one another in a positive, or civil, manner.
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WorkSafeBC’s healthcare and social services planned inspection initiative focuses on high-risk activities in the workplace that lead to serious injuries and time-loss claims.
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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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National Day of Mourning: Bringing Attention to Workplace Injuries and Safety 

April 26, 2024

As April 28th approaches, the National Day of Mourning serves as a reminder of the profound impact that workplace-related injuries and fatalities have on people's lives. While we are grateful that there have been very few worker deaths in the long-term and continuing care sector, it's crucial to acknowledge that many workers experience life-altering injuries that can lead to extended absences from work. 

Care aides and long-term care workers have physically demanding jobs that involve lifting and moving residents and using medical equipment. Workers who perform these duties are subjected to a range of risks, which may eventually lead to more severe conditions and injuries, including sprains and strains.  

To tackle workplace injuries, it's crucial to emphasize resources that help maintain workplaces safe and promote functional safety committees – we offer various tools to help with this: 

Even though safety is a top concern, workers still experience frequent injuries. However, there are proactive steps we can take to prevent workplace injuries and create a safer environment: 

  1. Thorough training: Teach proper lifting techniques, infection control measures, and ergonomic practices. 
  1. Safe patient handling policies: Set clear protocols for safe patient handling, including using assistive devices and teamwork. 
  1. Regular risk assessments: Conduct frequent assessments to identify workplace hazards like slippery floors or poor lighting.  
  1. Advocating for mental health: Acknowledge the emotional toll of caregiving and offer access to mental health. 
  1. Open communication: Encourage workers to report safety problems without fear of repercussions. 

On the National Day of Mourning, we can take a moment to renew our commitment to creating safer workplaces for everyone.  

By using these resources, adopting best practices, and prioritizing worker well-being, we can strive towards a future where workplace injuries and deaths are uncommon. Together, we can honour those affected by workplace tragedies and ensure each worker returns home safely.  

Explore Threads of Life for more stories of hope, providing an emotional support network for individuals navigating grief, anxiety, and frustration following a fatality, serious injury, or diagnosis of an occupational disease. 

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