News

Jan 28
2015

Spotlight on Safety: Violence and MSIP

Did you know that the two biggest drivers of injury in the continuing care sector are overexertion and acts of violence? Overexertion accounts for 51% of all injuries, while acts of violence account for 11%. Although it represents a smaller percentage of overall injuries, workplace accidents resulting from acts of violence are more likely to […]

Jan 28
2015

Avoiding the Iceberg – Putting MSIP Theory into Practice

In our last post, The Iceberg Effect, we presented the financial and human argument for reducing workplace injuries, using musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs) as an example. We also highlighted key general principles of successful safety programs. But what does that look like in practice? And more importantly – what is the evidence that this approach actually […]

Jan 21
2015

The Iceberg Effect – The Hidden Costs of Workplace Injuries

The continuing care sector is BC’s second-largest categories of healthcare employers – accounting for approximately $1.4 billion in payroll every year. It also retains the dubious distinction of being the most costly sector in healthcare when it comes to workplace injuries. The acute care sector recorded $30.3 million in workplace claims paid out in 2013. […]

Jan 21
2015

Call For Technical Advisory Committee Applicants

SafeCare BC is seeking applicants for the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). The TAC provides input, expertise, and knowledge to strengthen the effectiveness of SafeCare BC initiatives, programs, and projects. Specifically, the TAC provides input into activities as outlined in SafeCare BC’s annual workplan. Applications can be submitted to lily@safecarebc.ca, ATTN. Lily Nguyen. Please enclose the […]

Dec 19
2014

SafeCare BC – Year-End Sign-off

A Year in Review For SafeCare BC, this past year (including several months at the end of 2013) have been marked by an incredible rate of change. Over this period, SafeCare BC evolved from concept to full-fledged organization. This rapid evolution would not have been possible without the help and support of numerous partners, including […]

Dec 17
2014

Rethinking Safety- Haro Park’s Experience

Earlier this past summer, SafeCare BC launched the Be Care Aware campaign aimed at raising awareness around the importance of safety in the workplace. As part of the campaign, we challenged YOU to join hundreds of your continuing care colleagues across the province in creating safer work environments. Over the past few months, we have […]

Dec 10
2014

Train-the-Trainer Workshop Well Received

SafeCare BC is pleased to have launched its first Safe Resident Handling Train-the-Trainer workshop this past weekend. The in-depth 8 hour pilot, which was held at Little Mountain Place, received outstanding reviews. In a short evaluation survey, participants rated the workshop as being highly relevant to their work practices. In the open feedback section, attendees […]

Nov 19
2014

SafeCare BC Pilots New Safe Resident Handling Tool & Workshop

You spoke, we listened. In early 2014, employers and frontline staff identified safe resident handling as one of the top priority areas for training and resource development. In response to this, SafeCare BC is pleased to announce that we are conducting two separate but related pilots to support safe resident handling practices. These pilots are […]

Nov 17
2014

SafeCare BC Spearheads Safety Discussion/ New Board Elected

SafeCare BC participated on the BC Care Providers Association’s Care to Chat panel discussion on workplace safety yesterday at the Terminal City Club. Executive Director Jennifer Lyle joined moderator Robin Gill, weekend anchor for Global National, and the panel experts in a discussion titled Creating a Culture of Safety in BC’s Continuing Care Sector: Can Anything […]

Nov 10
2014

UBC Health & Safety Research Study

SafeCare BC is encouraging you to participate in an exciting research initiative that will help better understand how your organization’s workplace health and safety practices are directly associated to work-related injuries. We have partnered up with The Partnership for Work, Health and Safety research unit at the University of British Columbia to bring you this […]