Safe resident handling: Not all controls are created equal

March 28, 2023 | 2:00 p.m.

We know that safe resident handling continues to be challenging in the continuing care sector. When workers are injured, there are fewer resources to take care of residents, resulting in increased workloads, fatigue, stress and more injuries.

This webinar will provide you with the information to learn more about controls that enhance your safe resident handling system in your workplace.


 Gina Vahlas, B.Sc. (Kin), CCPE, CHSC, CPHSA
Gina is a Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist (CCPE), a Certified Health and Safety Consultant (CHSC) and a Certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisor (CPHSA), working in the ergonomics/human factors field for over 25 years. She is also Secretary for the College of Canadian Certification of Professional Ergonomists and a part-time instructor for Ergonomics in the BCIT Occupational Health and Safety Certificate program. She has shared her knowledge at multiple conferences, including the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Symposium and the American Society for Quality. Currently, she is a Product Owner at WorkSafeBC, working on developing systems for success in prevention.

Laura Gibbins, CRSP, BScN, CHSC, Dip OSH
Laura has been an Occupational Safety Officer at WorkSafeBC for 12 years. She started working as a nurse in the early 1980s but found that she was more passionate about worker health and safety. Laura then worked as a health and safety advisor and manager in the healthcare and social services sector along with construction, hospitality, manufacturing, and government agencies. She has also had the opportunity to teach health and safety in various post-secondary programs as an officer before joining WorkSafeBC. She holds the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) and Certified Health and Safety Consultant (CHSC) designation.

Jennifer Roach, PTA, ISWA
Jennifer is an experienced consultant with over 15 years of experience providing education and assessment services for Arjo customers in Safe Patient Handling, Hygiene, Pressure Injury Prevention, Dementia knowledge and care skills, and Disinfection. She joined Arjo in 2008 and has been a valuable team member ever since.

Jennifer’s expertise in Safe Patient Handling has helped Arjo customers improve patient outcomes and reduce the risk of injuries to patients and caregivers. She has also provided education and training in hygiene and disinfection, helping prevent infection spread in healthcare settings.

Jennifer is also a certified Positive Approach to Dementia Care independent trainer. She has been teaching Teepa Snow’s trademarked Positive Physical Approach and Hand under Hand support skills to care partners of people with dementia since 2019. Her knowledge and experience in dementia care have been invaluable to Arjo’s customers, helping improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their caregivers.

Jennifer’s vast experience and knowledge make her an indispensable asset to Arjo and its customers. She is passionate about improving patient outcomes and providing the best care to those in need.

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