Officials in British Columbia (Canada) are zeroing in on lessening the number of workplace injuries in the healthcare sector.
The BC Care Providers Association and WorkSafeBC recently announced 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.
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). This category includes facilities that provide 24-hour assistance to elderly, disabled and terminally ill patients. Patients reside in these facilities as their permanent residence. The category does not include retirement or seniors homes, or substance abuse treatment centers.
Jennifer Lyle, a practicing kinesiologist and published author, was named executive director of SafeCare BC.
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.
First Meeting Slated for May 27
SafeCare BC will hold its first meeting on May 27 in Whistler, B.C. All Long Term Care employers will be invited to attend.
According to 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.” There are some 345 employers registered in the Long Term Care classification in B.C.
Author Kori Shafer-Stack, Editor, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in post-injury response procedures and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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