SafeCare BC Tackles Injury Reduction in Long-term Care Sector

February 18, 2014 | News


SafeCare BC tackles injury reduction in long-term care sector

Vancouver, B.C., February 18, 2014 – The BC Care Providers Association and WorkSafeBC are pleased to announce the launch of SafeCare BC, a workplace health and safety association that will focus on reducing the severity and frequency of injuries in the continuing healthcare sector.a

SafeCare BC is based on a successful model in Alberta, which has seen overall injury claims in the continuing care sector drop by an average of 20 percent, long-term disability claims by more than 25 percent, and back injury claims by 36 percent since its formation in 2005.

SafeCare BC is funded by employers registered with WorkSafeBC under the Long Term Care classification (CU 766011). These employers provide a place of residence and 24-hour assistance to elderly, disabled and terminally ill individuals. (Retirement or seniors homes, or substance abuse treatment centres are not included in this group).

Jennifer Lyle has been named executive director of SafeCare BC. Lyle is a practising kinesiologist and published author, and brings with her a rich background in health care.

The new association will provide cost-effective health and safety training, educational services, and industry safety performance information.  Among the first steps for the new association will be to assess what training and resources need to be developed for B.C.’s continuing care sector.

SafeCare BC will hold its first meeting on May 26 in Whistler, B.C. All Long Term Care employers will be invited to attend.

Quotes:

David Cheperdak, BC Care Providers Association, President

“After a couple of years of planning and preparation with our WorkSafeBC colleagues, all of us at BC Care Providers Association are excited to see the establishment of SafeCare BC as an independent, new association to serve long-term care service providers throughout B.C.

“We believe this is a game changer for those working in the long-term care sector. For the first time there will be an organization solely focused on improving safety for workers in our industry.”

Ian Munroe, Vice President Employer, Industry & Worker Services, WorkSafeBC

“We have seen how industry-focussed associations in B.C. help to improve worker health and safety in other sectors. We expect that SafeCare BC will help reduce WorkSafeBC claims in the long–term care sector and support injured long-term care workers in safely returning to work more quickly.”

Quick Facts:

For more information, please contact:

Name: Jennifer Lyle
Title: Executive Director, SafeCare BC
Tel: 604-630-5572
Email: info@safecarebc.ca

 

Megan Johnston
Communications Officer
Media and Government Relations
WorkSafeBC
Tel: 604-214-6934
Cell: 604-219-1290