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OHSAH Health & Safety E-Update March 2009

Ergonomic workstation resources available

The Injury Prevention department at OHSAH will release two new print items this month: a workstation assessment checklist (Computer Workstation Assessment Checklist) and poster (Avoid Discomfort at your Workstation). Both the poster and the checklist contain visual guidelines to personal workstation improvements.

To order your copy, you can contact webmaster@ohsah.bc.ca
or download them from our webpage.

Exposure survey at Mission Memorial Hospital ... Current and former MMH workers

In recent years, HSA activists at Mission Memorial Hospital have spearheaded efforts to call attention to a possible cancer cluster at their workplace. The employer, HSA, and The Occupational Heath and Safety Agency for Healthcare (OHSAH) participated in a lengthy process on this topic.
 
Following this investigation of the site, OHSAH is now conducting a survey of past and current employees of Mission Memorial Hospital to assess a broader range of possible exposures. HSA encourages you to participate.  

Workplace deaths and injuries continue to plague BC workers and families

April 28th, 2009 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Day of Mourning. Held in 100 countries around the world, it is a day to reflect on the terrible toll of workers killed and injured on the job.

Last year, 160 workers in BC were killed or died as the result of an occupational disease. Since 2002, workplace fatalities and serious injuries have continued to increase.

OHSAH Learning Portal - It's a Go!

March 9, 2009

OHSAH is pleased to announce that it will be moving forward with the development of the OHSAH Learning Portal, which will provide BC's healthcare stakeholders with access to a centralized repository of healthcare occupational health and safety (OHS) education and training resources.

OHSAH Health & Safety Update

Workers' Perspectives: A Violence in Healthcare survey

The Provincial Violence Prevention Steering Committee (PVPSC) wants to hear about workers' experiences with violence to create an accurate picture of violence in healthcare workplaces. This survey is the first tool of its kind that will help identify priority areas for violence prevention efforts. If you are a BC healthcare worker, you are eligible to complete our survey and be entered in a draw to win an iPod.

Why is violence in healthcare a concern?

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