December 2019
Shift into Winter: Conditions Change. So should your speed

According to WorkSafeBC, between 2012 and 2016 there were 273 crash-related time-loss claims for the community health support services sector, including two fatalities.

Winter is an especially dangerous time for community and home care workers as more than 35 per cent of these motor vehicle crashes occurred during the months of November through February. Unpredictable weather, reduced traction, cold temperatures, and limited visibility increase the likelihood of a serious motor vehicle crash.

The Shift into Winter webpage for community and home care gives you information to help reduce the risk your workers face when driving during winter months. By enhancing your employee safety you can achieve better client outcomes, reduced organizational costs, and improved business performance. Meeting your health and safety responsibilities is a win-win for everyone.
Supervising for Safety course gets a refresh

A new and improved version of the course was relaunched on Oct. 31, 2019, giving users an even better learning experience. The revamp gives the course a fresh new look, with updated images, statistics, and regulatory references, and the summary test has been replaced with knowledge checks in each module. Other new features include compatibility with tablets, and a simpler process for creating an account.

This free, online course is for supervisors in any industry. The content is designed to help you understand your responsibilities and discover how to be a more effective supervisor by championing workplace health and safety. The course allows you to proceed at your own pace and select the topics you want to explore, including safety management systems, new and young worker education and training, impairment, incident analysis, claims and disability management, and more. You can also earn a certificate of completion at the end of the course.
We would like to wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season! We will see you in the new year!

Warmest wishes, from Industry and Labour Services
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