September 2019
Moving and handling people: Reducing the risk

Moving and handling people are leading causes of injury among workers in health care and community social services. Workers who manually move or handle people are at significant risk of musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs) such as sprains or strains.

This bulletin includes information about control measures, eliminating or minimizing risks, and the importance of training to help reduce the risk of MSI when moving or handling people. The bulletin can be used as an aid or discussion point at your next safety talk or joint health and safety committee meeting.
Get a grip on slips, trips and falls — October 3, 2019

Slips, trips, and falls are a leading cause of accidents in health care and other industries in B.C. Join WorkSafeBC, the BC Food Processors Association, and industry leaders for an informative morning of panel discussions and breakout sessions. While the session will focus on manufacturing, these ideas and concepts can also be applied to health care settings. This information session will discuss risk controls, the causes of the increasing number of slip, trip, and fall injury claims in B.C., and why it’s a bigger issue than you might think.

Date: October 3, 2019
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: WorkSafeBC Richmond office (6951 Westminster Hwy)
Cost: Free, but you must register online
2018 industry health and safety data now available

WorkSafeBC’s online, interactive industry tools are available to everyone and provide detailed information about industry rates, claim costs, injury characteristics, and assessment rates for each industry and classification unit (CU) in B.C. You can use this information to identify opportunities to improve workplace health and safety. For example, use the Industry claims analysis: Time-loss claims in B.C. tool to identify what's driving the claim costs in your industry.

To find the most relevant information, open the Provincial overview tool, and choose any of the tabs to the right of the “Did you know?” tab. Use the drop-down menus on the left to select your industry and employer size. For example, if you work in acute care or in long-term care, select CU 766001 or CU 766011, respectively, and click apply. If you're in health care but not in these two CUs, you will likely find your CU listed close to these ones in the drop-down list.
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