12 months of safety for January | Violence Prevention

Acts of violence are the second leading cause of workplace injury for long-term care workers in BC, representing 2,367 cases, or 16 percent of all injuries over the past five years. In-home care and community health support, it’s the sixth leading cause of workplace injury.

Violence in the workplace is a complex issue requiring a multi-faceted response. Investing in violence prevention training and strategies can make workplaces safer for workers and improve the quality of care for residents and clients.

Working closely with clients and their families and friends, often under difficult circumstances and sometimes in isolated locations, can put you at risk of violence. Violence and aggressive behaviour are not part of your job.

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Violence prevention resources

It could happen to you

Working in continuing care can be like crossing the street – you might not always think about it, but there are risks and hazards to consider.

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12 months of safety for February | Bullying and Harassment

Bullying and Harassment can take many forms (verbal aggression, personal attacks, etc). This could be insults, calling someone derogatory names, verbal abuse, intimidation, ridicule, humiliation, exclusion, isolation or spreading rumours.

Bullying and harassment have impacts on both the individual and the workplace. It can cause emotional and psychological distress, decreased job satisfaction and even physical health consequences to the individual. In the workplace, a decline in morale, increased absenteeism, and turnover are potential impacts of bullying and harassment.

If you experience bullying or harassment in the workplace, report it following your organization’s reporting procedure (note – check out our Safety Huddle on this topic).

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Resources

  • Civility Matters Toolkit

    Use our to learn about the impact of workplace incivility, and find out what strategies you can use to address it. Resources for both front-line workers and leaders.

  • Safety huddle | Reporting bullying and harassment

    Use this safety huddle to review your organization's bullying and harassment reporting procedure. Review what bullying and harassment look like, what you would do if you saw someone being bullied, and what to do if you feel bullied.

  • Safety huddle | Bullying and harassment policy

    Use this safety huddle to review your organization's policy on bullying and harassment in the workplace. Review what bullying and harassment look like, why it's important to have a bullying and harassment policy, and how colleagues show appreciation for one another.

Use this safety huddle to learn how you can effectively debrief critical incidents with your staff.

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12 months of safety for January | Violence prevention

Acts of violence towards healthcare workers are the second leading cause of injury for long-term care workers and the third leading cause of workplace injury for home and community health support.

By investing in violence prevention policies, procedures and education we can work together to reduce the risk of injury. When this happens, we create a more positive working environment, resulting in a higher quality of care for residents and clients. We’ve created a collection of resources and information to help you create a more positive work environment that reduces injuries or acts of violence in your workplace.

Learn more about violence prevention at the links below

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Risk assessment resources

SAFETY HUDDLE | Safe handling during showers

Use this safety huddle to help reinforce staff’s use of the point-of-care risk assessment.

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Psychological health and safety

Bullying and Harassment

Bullying and incivility are significant problems in workplaces, homes, schools, and online. SafeCare BC and its members can play a role in creating safe, healthy, and civil workplaces.

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Civility and respect

Civility and respect refer to the promotion of positive and respectful interactions among individuals within the workplace. It involves creating an environment where all employees are treated with dignity, fairness,

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Home and community care

Client handling

Manual client handling and other physical tasks can cause overexertion of your muscles to cause injury. Musculoskeletal injuries are sprains and strains to the muscles and surrounding tissues, which can have life-long impacts These are the leading type of injury for home and community care workers.

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Violence prevention

Dementia Care

Dementia can affect behaviour and mood – but the care for persons with dementia aims to achieve the same goals – whether at home or in long-term care – safety for the person, family, and caregivers.

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Home and community care

Exposure to hazardous drugs and infectious diseases

Exposure to hazardous drugs and infectious diseases poses a health risk. Hazardous drugs include antineoplastics, cytotoxic drugs, certain hormone therapies, antiviral drugs, antibiotics, and synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl and carfentanyl.

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OHS basics

Hazard Identification

Managing risk includes identifying hazards, assessing the risk, and deciding on control measures to eliminate or minimize the risk. When identifying hazards, it’s important to look for all the conditions and situations that could possibly harm your workers.

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OHS basics

Hazardous Drugs

Resources Best Practices for the Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs Mainly intended for the healthcare industry, this book provides an overview of current knowledge on hazardous drugs, describes how to

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