WorkSafeBC High Risk Strategy
January 26, 2022 | News
WorkSafeBC is in year two of a three-year campaign called Health Care and Social Services High Risk Strategy, which focuses on inspecting ‘point of care’ interactions in classification units with above-average time-loss claims.
WorkSafeBC has identified the Healthcare and Social Services subsectors, including Long Term Cares and Community Health Support Services classification units, based on 2020 injury statistics, to have a higher-than-average occurrence of time-loss claims related to “acts of violence” and “musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs) from overexertion” than other provincial occupations.
The campaign objectives include reducing injury rates and preventing incidents, through point of care and virtual inspections to assess interactions between workers and residents or clients, with four areas of focus:
- Violence Prevention
- MSI Prevention (patient/client lifting and patient/client mobility limitations)
- Employer Internal Responsibility System
- Communicable Disease Prevention
The inspections will integrate the Healthcare and Social Services High Risk Strategies with the employer’s basic requirements as outlined in the OHS regulation.
We are eager to support our members with sector-specific engagement in workplace safety support for these areas of focus by providing comprehensive resources, education, and training to ensure your success.
Why do you need to know about WorkSafeBC’s High Risk Strategy campaign?
Workplace injuries lead to increased staffing shortages and financial cost for your organization. By focusing on injury reduction and creating an overall healthy workplace, you will better be able to retain and recruit staff. The campaign will better help you improve your Employer Internal Responsibility System and reduce the risks associated with:
- workplace violence, and related injuries
- overexertion or musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs) due to lifting and transfers
- communicable diseases
Want an opportunity to ask a WorkSafe an inspection related question? SafeCare BC, in conjunction with WorkSafeBC, will be presenting an “Ask Us Anything” webinar on February 22.
Follow along with our weekly e-news updates, where we highlight resources, aimed at the four focus areas, with content specifically tailored to supporting our long-term care and community health support services members.