12 months of safety for September| Infection Prevention and Control
September is the start of Autumn! Going into the fall season it is good practice to be mindful of ways to prevent and reduce the transmission of communicable diseases. Changing weather and increased indoor activities also pose extra challenges. There are several things that you can do to help prevent the spread of communicable diseases in the workplace:
- Stay home if you are not feeling well.
- Wash your hands frequently using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects on a regular basis.
- Follow cough etiquette by coughing or sneezing into your elbow or a tissue.
- Use personal protective equipment when required.
Vaccines are an effective measure against preventable disease. In addition to the measures above, be sure that you are up to date with vaccinations heading into the flu season.
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12 months of safety for August | Workplace inspections
Workplace inspections are an essential incident prevention tool in your organization’s occupational health and safety program.
Inspections involve critically examining the workplace to identify and record hazards for corrective action. Effective inspection programs reduce incidents and property damage and improve worker communication and company morale.
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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.
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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.
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.
Violence refers to physical force that causes injury to a worker and includes any threatening statement or that gives you reasonable cause to believe that you are in danger.