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HSA members to assist in VIHA response to migrant ship humanitarian emergency

Over the past few days, VIHA has been working with health care unions to provide information and address concerns in preparation for receiving refugees requiring emergency medical care.

Canadian officials confirmed today that 490 refugees are aboard a vessel approaching the BC coast.

The old emergency department at Victoria General Hospital has been temporarily reopened to provide screening, triage, assessment, and diagnostic care. VIHA has also re-opened 7 North to treat refugees requiring hospital admission.

Fall conference for HSA health and safety stewards - 2nd Bi-Annual OHS Conference - -Creating a Culture of Safety"

October 25 and 26, 2010, Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel

This conference is designed for experienced safety stewards and advocates increase awareness on key issues related to safe working conditions for all members. 

Learn more about topics such as:

• An update on violence prevention initiatives.
• The relationship between worker and patient/client safety.
• Information technology to support OHS programs and initiatives.
• HSA projects and Initiatives.
• Stress in the workplace.

Join HSAs Board of Directors at Day of Mourning ceremonies

On April 28 ... the National Day of Mourning for workers killed and injured on the job ...  HSA President Reid Johnson and the unions Board of Directors will place a wreath at a ceremony in downtown Vancouver.

All workers and their families are invited to pay tribute to workers who have been injured or killed on the job, or stricken with occupational disease.

Health Care Professional Conference 2010

On June 4, 2010 WorkSafeBC's Health Care Services is hosting the 6th Annual Health Care Professional Conference at the West building of the new Vancouver Convention Centre — one of the citys most breathtaking venues.

The conference, geared towards clinical and physical rehabilitation providers, as well as other health care professionals, promises a full day of top-notch presentations by field experts.

OHSAH Health & Safety Update

OHSAH to Publish Research on Nurses Working Overtime

A new OHSAH study, led by the Statistics and Evaluations team's Occupational Hygienist Sharla Drebit, shows that full time Registered Nurses are working an increasing amount of overtime hours each year. The highest number of these hours are in the Emergency, Intensive Care and General Medical departments which are therefore contributing the highest proportion of overtime costs. One recommendation from the study is to focus efforts to lighten the burden of overtime at the departmental level.

Patient Handling Workshop

May 4th at the Italian Cultural Centre, Vancouver

Shoppers Home Health Care and WorkSafeBC are hosting this half-day hands-on workshop for directors of care, floor supervisors and trainers, care aides and other front line staff who provide direct patient care. Attendees will receive instruction from professional trainers on the use of ceiling and floor lifts and other transfer assist devices, and will be required to practice transfers and repositioning tasks using the equipment.    

Nominations open for David Bland Memorial Award

Five years ago, in 2005, David Bland, a vocational rehabilitation counsellor and HSA member from Richmond Mental Health, was murdered at his workplace by a former client.  His tragic death served as a sombre reminder that more needs to be done to prevent incidents of violence in the workplace and to protect health care ands social services workers on the job.  

Workshop Reminder

There is still room available in the two-day OH&S Steward Training workshop on January 18 & 19, 2010 please register as soon as possible if you are interested in attending this workshop.

OH&S Steward Training:  January 18 & 19, 2010

Eligible stewards should print a pre-registration form off the HSA website http://www.hsabc.org/ (go to Member Services, then Education) and return it to the HSA Office (Attention:  Karin Herbert) as soon as possible.  HSA will call you to confirm your registration.

HSA members encouraged to participate in H1N1 vaccination program

Following the protocol issued by BCs Medical Health Officer, beginning next week health care workers will be offered vaccination against the H1N1 virus. This includes all HSA members who work with vulnerable populations.

HSA encourages members to participate in the H1N1 vaccination program.

When you receive your H1N1 vaccination, you will also be offered vaccination against seasonal flu.