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Nurses’ association vice-president ‘felt sick’ after hearing Royal Ottawa acquitted

July 18, 2016
Ottawa Citizen - Blair Crawford

News that The Royal Ottawa hospital had been acquitted of all three charges at the end of a long and complicated “Code White” trial into workplace violence hit Vicki McKenna in the gut.

“Honestly, I felt sick when I heard,” said McKenna, vice-president of the Ontario Nurses’ Association.

“It’s a sad day for us. Nurses are the most injured and sickest of any workforce. That’s including construction, firefighters and police. I don’t think people know how dangerous and difficult the work that nurses do is.”

The verdict, delivered Friday by Justice of the Peace John Doran, ends a trial that dragged over 21 months and was the first legal test of “Lori’s Law,” the 2010 amendments to Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act aimed at preventing workplace violence.

Read more at http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/nurses-association-vice-president-felt-sick-after-hearing-royal-ottawa-acquitted

Ontario Liberals switching to ‘lite’ inspections at over 500 LTC homes across the province

July 7, 2016
National Post - Jonathan Sher

Queen’s Park is not only refusing to make public which nursing homes it classifies as high-risk, the Health Ministry won’t allow its inspectors to state in public reports if their inspections were full-blown or a watered-down version the government will start using at most facilities starting next week.

That will make it harder for Ontarians to choose which home to send a frail elderly relative, opposition health critics charge.

“For them to do it secretly, they either don’t have the money (for full inspections) or they have something to hide,” said Jeff Yurek, the Progressive Conservative health critic and MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London.

Read more here.

Auditor general slams government for six-year delay in implementing workplace safety recommedations

July 7, 2016
Edmonton Journal - Clare Clancy,  Keith Gerein

Alberta’s auditor general chastised the provincial labour ministry Tuesday for failing to improve its processes around workplace safety orders.

Merwan Saher’s latest report noted that recommendations to fix the compliance system were first made six years ago, yet the province has been unwilling or unable to make sufficient changes.

He said Albertans should be concerned the Labour Department doesn’t adhere to its procedures to enforce company compliance. 

“Also, and critically important, the department cannot yet demonstrate that key (Occupational Health and Safety) programs are having the desired result of reducing the lost time claim rate and reducing the disabling injury rate,” he said.

Read more at http://edmontonjournal.com/news/politics/alberta-auditor-general-rebukes-government-for-six-year-delay-in-implementing-recommendations

Study finds COR employers have lower rates of serious injuries than those not in program

June 16, 2016
Institute for Work and Health (IWH)

IWH researcher finds voluntary audit program effective in identifying safer employers

Companies that sign up for a voluntary occupational health and safety audit commonly known as the Certificate of Recognition (COR) program have lower rates of serious injuries leading to time off work, according to a study by an Institute for Work & Health (IWH) researcher.

The study, conducted by the University of British Columbia (UBC)’s Partnership for Work, Health and Safety, compared injury rates between firms that took part in the province’s COR program and those that did not over a period from 2005 to 2012. It found COR firms had on average 12 to 17 per cent lower rates of serious injuries that resulted in time off work. No differences were found between the two groups when it came to injury claims that only resulted in health-care reimbursement (i.e. no-lost-time claims).

Read more at http://www.iwh.on.ca/at-work/84/study-finds-cor-employers-have-lower-rates-of-serious-injuries-than-those-not-in-program