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The CCSA wants to ensure its members are always up-to-date on what is happening in the continuing care and senior supportive living industries.
 

Health professionals: Better awareness of workplace violence leads to better training

June 26, 2019
(US) LVB.com - Dawn Ouellette Nixon

Every day, workers in hospitals, psychiatric facilities, nursing homes and other settings face the threat of violence.

Physical assaults, from shoves to bites to punches, can and do beset health care professionals as they treat patients.

Yet, health care professionals interviewed by Lehigh Valley Business feel awareness of the risk is lacking. And they believe that training in how to handle workplace assaults needs to be a bigger part of the health care landscape.

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Join the CCSA’s Industry Advisory Committee

June 20, 2019

Are you interested in taking an active role in the future direction of safety in continuing care?

The CCSA is resurrecting the Industry Advisory Committee (IAC) with renewed focus and objectives to ensure the needs of members of the continuing care industry are being met.  We are looking for interested individuals representing the diversity of the continuing care sector from large, medium and small organizations across Alberta operating in WCB Industry Codes 82800 and 82808 (Seniors’ Supportive Living and Long-Term Care).  

CCSA Objectives

It is important to ensure that the value provided by the CCSA is optimized to meet system objectives with a focus on reducing injuries and ensuring its activities are appropriately aligned to meet need. Ultimately, it is important to ensure that the CCSA through its programs and services:

- Is responsive to the needs of industry;
- Is relevant to the needs of industry;
- Evolves and innovates with changing needs within a dynamic environment;
- Delivers programs and services in an effective way to maximize return on investment and positive impact on industry;
- Contributes to the existence of an informed industry and public sector partners (government, WCB, educational institutions);
- Is positioned to provide government with informed policy development;
- Helps to foster an environment in which best practices and knowledge are transferred throughout the industry;
- Helps to foster a high level of awareness of the importance of continuous improvement and education and training programs; and,
- Enables a high level of system engagement in order to build health and safety capacity.

IAC Responsibilities

Within this context and general objectives of the CCSA, it is expected that the Industry Advisory Group will provide feedback and input on:

- Programs, projects and initiatives that support CCSA’s strategic objectives of preventing and reducing workplace injuries among Alberta’s continuing care workers
- Strategies to enhance the level of engagement and awareness within the system
- Policy and position papers provided to the Alberta Government
- Research opportunities, trends and directions within the continuing care system
- Opportunities for collaboration and partnership

IAC Membership

The Industry Advisory Committee will be comprised of a minimum of six and a maximum of twelve persons.
We are looking for members who possess:

- Knowledge, skills and abilities with respect to the focus and needs of the IAC
- Demonstrated passion and commitment to workplace health and safety across the continuing care sector
- Expertise in injury prevention, safe work practices and return-to-work initiatives
- Knowledge of the Certificate of Recognition (COR) program
- Background in curricula development and training is an asset

Subject Matter Experts may be brought into the Industry Advisory Committee on an as-needed basis to address specific project needs

IAC Meetings

For 2019, the Industry Advisory Committee once established will meet at least twice; then in 2020 and going forward the committee will meet at least once per quarter.
Meetings will be held primarily via Skype or Conference Call.

Apply

Interested individuals can apply to become a member by completing this online form.

Please note that Deadline for submissions is June 30, 2019
Thank you for your interest!

 
 

Workplace violence at ‘crisis’ level for care workers, says Burnaby non-profit

June 10, 2019
Vancouver Courier - Chris Campbell 

The head of a Burnaby-based non-profit addressed the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health on June 4 on workplace violence in Canada’s continuing care sector.

SafeCare BC CEO Jennifer Lyle — speaking on behalf of the Canadian Association of Long-Term Care — said the sector was in a state of crisis. She raised three main concerns: understaffing, lack of resources, and the increasing pressure faced by health care workers.

“Consider the numbers: Nationally, time-loss claims due to violence in health and social services have increased by over 65% in the past ten years,” Lyle said.

In B.C. alone, over 60% of all workplace violence claims come from the health and social services among major industry groups, despite the sector accounting for only 11% of the provincial workforce.

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WCB: review of employer accounts and premium policies

IMPORTANT: deadline to provide feedback on WCB-Alberta policy reviews is July 15, 2019.

Topics up for review this year include:

- Employer coverage, including specific types of workers and employers (e.g., proprietorships, directors, partnerships, unpaid workers, volunteers, etc.)
- Personal coverage
- Premium payments
- Assessable earnings (e.g., what earnings are included, what the value of service is for unpaid workers, etc.)
- Industry classification

Provide your feedback before July 15th at https://www.wcb.ab.ca/forms/policy-feedback.asp