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Guidelines and Regulations

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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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Safety Huddle

Extreme heat: Keeping staff safe

Learn to report and recognize heat exhaustion and take preventative measures to help avoid the ill effects of heat stress.

Instructions

  • Before the huddle, print out Summer is here (and so are its hazards) poster for review in the safety huddle meeting.
  • Review your organization's written safety procedures for working in hot weather, this may be written as an Exposure Control Plan or as part of your Emergency Preparedness documentation. If your organization does not have written safety procedures that support working safely in hot weather conditions, refer to the resources section of this huddle.
  • Start the safety huddle by outlining risk factors for warm weather-related heat stress (heat exhaustion and heat stroke) and the preventative measures – both are described on the poster. If your organization has site specific preventative measures include that content as well.
  • Use the guiding questions to ensure an understanding of the warning signs and preventative measures that support the health and safety of your staff, and the residents/clients they care for.
  • After the safety huddle, display the poster around your site as a training reminder.

Guiding questions

  • What are the signs of heat stress (heat exhaustion, heat stroke)?
  • What are our organization’s written safety procedures for dealing with extreme heat?
  • What safety precautions can we implement to reduce the risk of heat stress?
  • If you are concerned about extreme heat in the workplace, or you see signs of heat exhaustion or stroke - what should you do?
  • Are there any barriers that prevent you from reducing heat stress?

After this huddle Staff should be able to:

  • Report and recognize the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
  • Take preventative measures that help avoid the ill effects of heat stress.
  • Identify your organization’s written safety procedures if anyone is showing signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Notes to the huddle leader

  • In extreme heat events, it may become extremely uncomfortable or even unsafe to wear full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as goggles, masks and gowns.
  • Organizations should check with their health authority for the latest PPE guidance management for extreme heat conditions.

Other strategies to consider are:

  • Encouraging microbreaks or additional breaks for staff that require full PPE use
  • Offering additional masks to allow for replacement of overly soiled or damp masks
  • Scheduling procedures in cooler rooms or earlier in the day for warmer rooms
Downloads
Extreme-Heat-May-2023-1.pdf
Extreme heat: Keeping staff safe

Additional Resources

One in three Canadian adults has experienced a major weather-related disaster or emergency (Government of Canada, 2023). The Government of Canada (2023) 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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Multiple regions of British Columbia have been issued air quality advisories due to the wildfires in the interior. With some parts of the province reaching an Air Quality Health Index of 10 or more—very high risk—it’s essential to take proper steps to stay safe, not only for yourself, but the people you provide care for. […]
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