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Inside PEARS - Volume 5, Issue 1 : Winter 2009

Presented by The Occupational Health & Safety Agency for Healthcare in BC

Inside PEARS is a quarterly e-newsletter intended to keep you informed on what is happening in the PEARS community. This newsletter is a forum for sharing success stories and best practices, and for learning about new research and issues impacting PEARS programs across the province.

Violence in health care survey

Between 2003 and 2007 more than 10 per cent of BC health care and social assistance claims were violence-related, according to WorkSafeBC. Taking into account incidents of violence that are not reported or do not result in a claim, a true picture of violence faced by BC health care workers is still unknown.

OHSAH Health & Safety Update

From Knowledge to Action: Solutions that Work
BC Health Authorities conference abstract deadline

The BC Healthcare Collaborative Group is hosting the second Workplace Health, Safety and Wellness Conference in Kelowna, BC on September 14-15, 2009. "From Knowledge to Action: Solutions that Work"

Violence in Health Care

The following article is reprinted from the WorkSafe BC WorkSafe Magazine. HSA is actively involved in the provincial anti-violence committee, and is a partner in an anti-violence awareness campaign launched in Campbell River to reach communities in the Vancouver Island Health Authority region.

By Helena Bryan 

Partnership working to protect nurses and other health care workers

OHSAH Health & Safety Update

Get Your Flu Shot!

Flu season is fast approaching! In Canada, epidemics of influenza usually start during the late fall and last right through to early spring. Annual vaccination is highly recommended for all healthcare workers, particularly those who work with people who are at high risk for medical complications from influenza or more likely to require medical care (e.g. children under six months of age, persons aged 65 years or older.) For healthy adults under 65 years of age, the flu vaccine has proven 70% - 90% effective.

Notice for HSA Safety Stewards and Activists

HSA is sponsoring an Occupational Health and Safety Conference

-Connections ... Advocating for a Safe and Healthy Workplace"

November 20 and 21, 2008
Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel

This conference is designed for experienced safety stewards to develop their understanding and to help ensure safe working conditions for all members.  Learn from presenters from agencies such as OHSAH, WorkSafeBC, and other experts.

Learn more about topics such as:

OHSAH Health & Safety Update

Team OHSAH

Team OHSAH successfully completed the Hoodoo 500 ultra-cycling race through 835 km of the Utah Canyonlands. From September 13-15, eight OHSAH employees undertook this physical and mental challenge to raise funds for the BC Cancer Foundation.

Worksafe BC holds information session on infectious disease in high-risk communities

WorkSafeBC is hosting a half-day information session Tuesday, October 14 for social service and community care employers and workers. The focus will be on current and emerging trends in infectious diseases, including MRSA and TB, in high-risk communities. Registration is open, and not restricted to employers and workers in social services and community care.

Mourn for the dead; fight for the living

On April 28, 2008, we mark the 24th anniversary of the National Day of Mourning for workers killed and injured on the job. The National Day of Mourning is an initiative of the Canadian Labour Congress and was started in 1984. It is now celebrated around the world from Azerbaijan to Zambia.