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Aug 24
2021

TD Bank Group Becomes Presenting Partner of Hearts and Hands

SafeCare BC is pleased to announce that TD Bank Group is the Presenting Partner for the sixth annual Hearts and Hands conference for healthcare assistants. The five-day event has grown into the premier event for healthcare assistants in BC and runs October 18-22. Last year, there was a record 725 participants. “Under challenging circumstances, healthcare […]

Aug 20
2021

Update: Mandatory Disclosure of Vaccination Status in Long-term Care and Assisted Living

To protect staff, residents, and our communities, the Provincial Health Officer has issued today the COVID-19 Vaccination Status Information and Preventive Measures Order. This Order outlines: New requirements for the mandatory disclosure of vaccination status of residents and staff. New rapid point of care testing requirements for staff confirmed to be unvaccinated.  View the Order. […]

Aug 19
2021

Brenda Robinson is Back for Hearts and Hands

If you’ve attended the Hearts and Hands conference for healthcare assistants in the past, you’re likely already familiar with Brenda Robinson. From her emcee duties to presenting education sessions, Brenda has been a fixture of the Hearts and Hands conference from the beginning. Her ability to connect with healthcare assistants through engaging—and often hilarious—stories has […]

Aug 19
2021

Staying Safe – Indoor Air Quality

In light of recent wildfires burning in British Columbia, it is important to think about indoor air quality. The best way to protect your health from wildfire smoke is to seek cleaner air. You can read more about indoor air quality as well as guidance around portable air filtration devices here. You can read more […]

Aug 12
2021

BC announces mandatory vaccination as a condition of employment for Long-term Care and Assisted Living

The Province announced today that all workers in licensed long-term care homes and assisted living residences will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 12.   The announcement comes as BC sees a steady rise in COVID-19 cases, primarly driven by the delta variant. As a number of long-term care homes are seeing outbreaks, the Provincial Health […]

Aug 11
2021

Stay Safe in the Heat with These Resources

Once again, high temperatures are expected this week and weekend, particularly in the Metro Vancouver area.  As wildfires continue to burn in the BC interior, there is the potential for poor air quality to also impact the region.  Seniors in care are particularly vulnerable to the effects of high heat and poor air quality. For […]

Aug 11
2021

WorkSafeBC Consultation on Proposed Amendments

WorkSafeBC is requesting feedback on proposed amendments to Part 3, Rights and Responsibilities in the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (OHSR). The Policy, Regulation and Research Division at WorkSafeBC has released a regulatory package highlighting the proposed amendments.     Sections 3.14 to 3.21 set out the occupational first aid requirements for workplaces. Schedule 3-A describes […]

Aug 09
2021

Job Listing – Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

  SafeCare BC is looking for its next Chief Executive Officer.   Position description In the role of Chief Executive Officer, the individual will have the opportunity to lead a maturing organization with a reputation of achieving results, advocating for the safety of workers, and influencing safer workplaces for long-term care and home health workers […]

Aug 03
2021

Single Site Order Update

On July 28, the Provincial Health Officer officially amended the Single Site Order that has restricted staff to only work in a single long-term care home or assisted living residence during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new amendment allows sites to form ‘clusters’ of approximately three sites or 300 beds, across which pools of fully vaccinated […]

Jul 28
2021

New Data Shows COVID-19 Vaccines Work

On July 27, Minister of Health Adrian Dix, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, and Dr. Penny Ballem—leader of BC’s vaccination program—shared the latest provincial data on COVID-19 infections. These show that between June 15 – July 15:   Less than five per cent of COVID-19 cases are people who have received two vaccine doses […]