Health Care High Risk Strategy from WorksafeBC

WorksafeBC have identified Health Care as one of the four main industries at high risk of serious workplace injuries and therefore contributing to the serious injury rate.

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The Health Care High Risk Strategy (HRS) focuses WorkSafeBC resources on identified high-risk work activities within health care and community social services worksites. The primary focus is on work areas and occupations where direct patient care or services to individuals are provided and the interactions between the worker and the patient or individual can be observed. ¹

The goals of the 2021–2023 HRS are to:

  • Reduce the risk of workplace violence and related injuries to health care and community social services workers
  • Reduce health care and community social services workers’ risk of overexertion or musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs) due to patient/individual lifting and patient/individual mobility limitations ²

The focus of the 2021–2023 inspections is to:

  • Apply point-of-care inspectional protocols focusing on violence and MSI prevention in the following health care classification units (CUs):Acute care (766001)
  • Alcohol or drug treatment centre (766002)
  • Community health support services (766006)
  • Counselling or social services (766007)
  • Long term care (766011)
  • Enhance the violence prevention focus in residential social services facilities (CU766017) to include the client/resident intake process, worker de-escalation training, communication methods, and workplace planning and design
  • Continue to focus on employer communicable disease prevention activities in 2022
  • Educate employers, workers, supervisors, and joint health and safety committees; build relationships; and encourage safe work practices focusing on violence prevention and MSI prevention³

Results So Far

Over the four quarters of 2019 WorksafeBC met and exceeded their target for inspections (121%). They carried out 208 inspections, surpassing their intended 172. Throughout this period, they issued 380 Orders, 118 Orders with potential high-risk violations, 4 warning letters, 7 citation warnings and imposed 2 penalties.⁴

Throughout the four quarters of 2020 WorksafeBC met 85% of their target, carrying out 258 of the intended 305 inspections. They issued 209 Orders, 78 Orders with potential high-risk violations, 2 warning letters, 1 temporary cessation of work order and 12 citation warnings. ⁵

So far in the data processed for 2021 (Q3) WorksafeBC have inspected 251 of their 298 target. They have issued 262 Orders, 99 Orders with potential high-risk violations, 2 warning letters, 1 temporary cessation of work order and 6 citation warnings. ⁶

Between the period of 2019-2021 there has been fluctuation in the number of orders, high-risk orders, warnings, citations and penalties issued.

Additional Resources

The Health and Social Services page of the WorksafeBC website offers many great resources that have been brought together by WorksafeBC. Guides, checklists, booklets, pdf’s and videos covering many relevant topics, including Home Care, Patient handling, Violence, Dementia and more.

Visit the page at:

https://www.worksafebc.com/en/health-safety/industries/health-care-social-services

1, 2, 3 – https://www.worksafebc.com/en/about-us/what-we-do/high-risk-strategies/health-care

4, 5, 6 –https://www.worksafebc.com/en/about-us/what-we-do/high-risk-strategies/health-care/updates-and-results

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