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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 Topics A - Z

SafeCare BC collects information and resources specific to safe work practices in the continuing care sector.

Ergonomic hazards

3

Hazard Identification

2

Health and safety program

2

Infection Prevention and Control

2

Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee

3

Mental Health

2

Psychological Health and Safety

13

Safe Handling

3

Violence Prevention

3
12 Months of Safety February 2024

Bullying and Harassment

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Bullying and incivility are significant problems in workplaces, homes, schools, and online. SafeCare BC and its members can play a role in creating safe, healthy, and civil workplaces.

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Client Handling

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Manual client handling and other physical tasks can cause overexertion of your muscles to cause injury. Musculoskeletal injuries are sprains and strains to the muscles and surrounding tissues, which can have life-long impacts These are the leading type of injury for home and community care workers.

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Dementia Care

6 Featured Resources

Dementia can affect behaviour and mood - but the care for persons with dementia aims to achieve the same goals - whether at home or in long-term care - safety for the person, family, and caregivers.

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Effective Return to Work Programs

8 Featured Resources

Use these resources to develop a stronger return to work program.

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Exposure to hazardous drugs and infectious diseases

Exposure to hazardous drugs and infectious diseases poses a health risk. Hazardous drugs include antineoplastics, cytotoxic drugs, certain hormone therapies, antiviral drugs, antibiotics, and synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl and carfentanyl.

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12 Months of Safety June 2024

Extreme Weather

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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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Hazard Identification

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Managing risk includes identifying hazards, assessing the risk, and deciding on control measures to eliminate or minimize the risk. When identifying hazards, it’s important to look for all the conditions and situations that could possibly harm your workers.

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Hazardous Drugs

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Mainly intended for the healthcare industry, this book provides an overview of current knowledge on hazardous drugs, describes how to perform a risk assessment and gives examples of best practices for each stage of handling hazardous drugs.

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 January 2024

Home and community care pocketbook | Violence in the workplace

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Violence refers to physical force that causes injury to a worker and includes any threatening statement or that gives you reasonable cause to believe that you are in danger.

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Home Care and Community Health Support Pocketbook

The Home Care and Community Health Support Pocketbook was created to bring awareness to several health and safety issues faced in home and community care.

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Indoor Air Quality

The air quality in a client’s home plays an important role in your health. Air quality can be affected by gases, smoke, mold, bacteria, temperature and humidity. In some cases, poor air quality may lead to allergic reactions or irritation to the eyes, nose and throat.

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Industry Partners

SafeCare BC works with partners throughout the industry to help create healthy and safe workplaces.

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Industry Statistics

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Statistics and numbers for long-term care and home and community care to help inform your health and safety program.

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12 Months of Safety September 2024

Infection Control

6 Featured Resources

Prevent the spread of infectious diseases such as COVID-19 and influenza by taking proper infection control measures in your workplace.

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Information for Managers and Supervisors

Creating a safe work environment starts from the top. As a leader, you can play an important role in fostering a culture of health and safety to keep your staff safe.

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Injury Reporting

8 Featured Resources

When injuries at work happen, it is important to report the incident.

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12 Months of Safety April 2024

Joint Health & Safety Committee

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A Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee is required in workplaces where there are 20 or more employees. Small workplaces with more than nine but less than 20 employees must have a worker health and safety representative.

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12 Months of Safety May 2024

Mental Health

11 Featured Resources

Taking care of your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Conditions such as stress, anxiety, and loneliness can negatively impact your overall well-being.

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12 Months of Safety March 2024

Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention

6 Featured Resources

Musculoskeletal Injuries are one of the leading causes of workplace injuries, such as sprains and strains, in both long-term care and community health support services.

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Optimizing Ventilation in Indoor Spaces

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This article introduces methods for optimizing ventilation in the workplace. The information will be most helpful for managers of long-term care homes who are looking to increase their infection prevention and control measures as part of their respiratory protection program.

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Psychological health and safety in the workplace

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The National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, commonly known as "The Standard," is an innovative framework developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada in collaboration with employers, unions, and experts in law and policy.

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Public Transportation

Public transportation refers to buses, trains, ferries, and taxi services.

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Respiratory Protection

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Respirators—such as N95s—are an important layer of protection against infection. Respiratory hazards can include airborne contaminants, such as biological contaminants, dusts, mists, fumes, and gases.

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Responsibilities

1 Featured Resources

In British Columbia, everyone in the workplace has specific responsibilities when it comes to health and safety - whether you're a worker, supervisor, employer, owner, or contractor.

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12 Months of Safety July 2024

Risk Assessment

2 Featured Resources

Risk assessment involves thinking about how potential hazards may harm workers—and how severe that harm may be. Planning the appropriate amount of attention and control allows the implementation of controls to reduce risk.

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Road safety

1 Featured Resources

Community and home care workers will often drive, or take transit, to a client’s home as part of their job. This means that if you are driving, your car is your mobile workplace while you are visiting clients. Being on the road can be dangerous if you are not prepared.

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Safe Handling

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According to WorkSafeBC statistics, musculoskeletal injuries are the number one cause of staff injuries in BC’s continuing care sector. The economic cost of these injuries is easy to measure. It’s estimated that the cost of claims alone over the past five years is more than $85 million.

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12 Months of Safety October 2024

Slips and falls

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Slips, trips and falls are the second most common injury for home and community health workers. As you enter a client's home, there may be uneven or slippery surfaces outside. Weather, outside environment, and clutter inside the home may result in tripping hazards.

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Unrestrained animals

Unrestrained animals, either on approach to a home or inside the home, can create an unsafe work environment.

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Vaccination

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When caring for vulnerable populations, we have an extra responsibility to prevent the spread of communicable diseases. Employers and employees have a shared responsibility to prevent the spread of diseases in the workplace and avoid causing harm to residents and clients.

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12 Months of Safety January 2024

Violence Prevention

4 Featured Resources

Working closely with clients and their families and friends, often under difficult circumstances and sometimes in isolated locations, can put you at risk of violence. Violence and aggressive behaviour are not part of your job.

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Working Alone

When working alone, you may face a risk of violence, as the care you are providing may cause a client to feel nervous or agitated. Being exposed to violent or aggressive behaviour is not part of your job.

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12 Months of Safety August 2024

Workplace Inspections

6 Featured Resources

Workplace inspections are an essential incident prevention tool in an organization's occupational health and safety program. Inspections involve critically examining the workplace to identify and record hazards for corrective action.

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12 Months of Safety November 2024

Workplace investigations

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