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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.

February 29 is RSI Awareness Day

The Canadian Labour Congress is calling on governments to take the issue of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) more seriously. Statistics Canada reported in 2003 that one in 10 Canadians suffers from an RSI enough to limit their normal activities.

Download leaflet here.

Workshop Reminder

There is still room available in the two-day OH&S Steward Training workshop on March 10 & 11, 2008.  Please register as soon as possible if you are interested in attending this workshop.

OH&S Steward Training:  March 10 & 11, 2008

Eligible stewards should print a pre-registration form off the HSA website (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.

Scholarships and bursaries available for HSA members and their families

HSA is offering scholarships and bursaries to all members and their children. We will be awarding ten scholarships for full-time studies, twenty bursaries for full-time studies and two aboriginal scholarships.

The criteria and details are set out on the application forms. To obtain a copy please see the HSA website: www.hsabc.org or contact your chief steward.