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Action on cardiac sonographer injuries

HSA REPORT, MARCH 2015

BY DAVID DURNING, HSA OHS OFFICER

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers – workers who specialize in the use of imaging devices to produce diagnostic images, scans and videos – have always been at risk for developing work-related musculoskeletal disorders.

Those injuries include tendonitis, bursitis and muscle and nerve damage to hands, arms, elbows, shoulders, necks and backs.

Guarding minds at work

HSA REPORT, MARCH 2015

BY VAL AVERY, HSA PRESIDENT

Workload and stress are among the most serious workplace challenges of our time.

As a union, we're seeing an increasing number of members, from all professions, paying a terrible price for this. Compromised performance, increased illness and disability wreak havoc on professionals, their families, and the health care system itself.

Staff profile: Alka Kundi, labour relations officer

Alka Kundi

HSA REPORT, DECEMBER 2014

Name: Alka Kundi.

Nickname in high school: Well, my name is Alka, so the nicknames should be obvious. Alkaseltzer, Alcoholic and Alkatraz. In retrospect, I'm not sure if these were nicknames or if people were just making fun of me, but oh well.

Job title and department: Labour Relations Officer, Servicing.

Ebola: members say we're still not ready

HSA REPORT, DECEMBER 2014

By David Durning, HSA Senior OHS Officer

Over the years, Canadian workers have fought for and gained important workplace health and safety rights.

The diligent exercise of these rights is proven to be the most effective way of ensuring workplace hazards are controlled.

These rights, enshrined in legislation and regulation, are:

Taking RT to the streets

HSA REPORT, DECEMBER 2014

Professional recognition days, weeks and months come and go.

Posters go up on bulletin boards, posts go up on social media sites. Maybe there’s cupcakes. It’s a great chance to educate and celebrate the work that makes our health care and community social service systems work, but it’s getting harder to break through the noise and distractions of modern life.

That’s why a group of respiratory therapists decided to do something a little different for October’s RT Week.

A new home, with room to grow

HSA REPORT, DECEMBER 2014

By Val Avery, President

HSA's first office was a little place on Kingsway.

As the number of members grew steadily, so did the need to find new space. We soon moved to an office on Hastings at Boundary, staying there until 1994, when we moved to Metrotown. Only a few years later, in 1998, we moved to the offices many of you know on Joyce Street.

Now, it's time to move again.

Karim Kanji, radiation therapist

Karim Kanji radiation therapist

HSA REPORT, DECEMBER 2014

By Laura Busheikin

There's no doubt that having to take time off work due to an injury or illness brings a multitude of challenges.

Aside from the medical demands, there are forms to fill out and anxiety around getting the proper benefits. There are often feelings of isolation. There is the uncertainty of not knowing when, how, or if you can return to work.

HSA VP takes leadership to Nelson city council

HSA REPORT, DECEMBER 2014

By Carol Riviere, Communications

Deep ties to her community and long-time union activism helped HSA vice-president Janice Morrison secure a spot on Nelson city council in the recent municipal election.

Benefits Q&A: Sorry, medical marijuana is not covered

HSA REPORT, DECEMBER 2014

by Dennis Blatchford, Pensions and Benefits Advocate

I'm advised by Pacific Blue Cross that fertility drugs are not covered under the new 50 per cent cost share arrangement for non-PharmaCare formulary medications. Why are these drugs not covered?