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 2018–2020 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 2018–2020 inspections is to:

  • Apply point-of-care inspectional protocols focusing on violence prevention, MSI prevention, and employer internal responsibility systems
  • Implement various initiatives to educate employers, workers, and supervisors; build relationships; and encourage safe work practices focusing on violence prevention and MSI prevention ³

Results So Far

Over the four quarters of 2018 WorksafeBC met 99% of  their inspection target. They carried out 162 inspections of their intended 164. Throughout this period, they issued 236 Orders, 89 Orders with potential high-risk violations, 2 warning letters and 2 citation warnings. ⁴

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. ⁵

So far in 2020 (Q2) WorksafeBC have inspected 101 of their 305 target. They have issued 86 Orders, 29 Orders with potential high-risk violations, 1 warning letter, 1 temporary cessation of work order and 9 citation warnings. ⁶

Between the period of 2018-2020 there has been a clear increase 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