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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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Prepare for wildfire season with these resources

Hot summer weather brings increased potential for wildfires, resulting in poor air quality. Poor air quality impacts all British Columbians but can be particularly difficult for seniors, those that need to work in smoky conditions, and those with underlying health conditions - including respiratory illness.

Good preparation is all the more critical in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Finding cleaner air is the best way to protect your health from wildfire smoke. However, this may not always be possible, so care operators must prepare for wildfire season by reviewing their emergency safety plans and procedures.

Heat and smoke may also increase the likelihood that personal protective equipment, particularly masks and respirators, becomes damp or soiled. If you must wear a mask at work, follow guidelines and change your cover if needed. Learn more about the limitations and risks of mask use and wildfire smoke. WorkSafeBC also provides wildfire FAQs.

Emergencies such as wildfires or floods may also require the temporary evacuation of staff and residents. Evacuations can be stressful and often happen quickly when a threat is incoming. It is essential to prepare everyone for these situations to follow safe work practices such as safe handling and infection prevention and control during these particularly challenging circumstances.

Proactive safety considerations for managers may include:

  • Assess your written safety plans and procedures, including evacuation requirements for workers, residents/clients, visitors, and other compounding safety protocols (infection prevention and control and safe handling). Check out WorkSafeBC’s emergency planning checklist for more information on evacuations.
  • Monitor provincial dashboards for active wildfires and air quality in your area.
  • Review the maintenance of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to ensure they are in good working order. Our website offers resources on ventilation for respiratory protection.
  • Temporarily use portable air cleaners with HEPA filtration that are the appropriate size for the space.
  • Increased monitoring for heat-related illness and the ill effects of smoke inhalation. Hydration and cooling-off strategies are recommended. Check out our hot weather safety poster.
  • Increased availability and monitoring of personal protective equipment stockpiles, particularly masks and respirators that may require more frequent changing.

If you would like support with emergency preparedness planning, please reach out to our health and safety consultant, Jennifer: jderksen@safecarebc.ca

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One in three Canadian adults has experienced a major weather-related disaster or emergency. The Government of Canada reports that we live “in a period of rapid climate change,” and high-risk weather is becoming severe, longer, and more frequent across Canada.  
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Use this listening exercise as practice when you're speaking with an employee (or employees) about change.
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Although the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) is the most visible control used to prevent the spread of infection, it is only one of the infection, prevention, and control measures available and should not be relied on as a primary prevention strategy.
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The SafeCare BC Strategic Plan 2021-2023 (extended to 2024) addresses our key strategic priorities and goals
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