June 2019
Changes to Mental Disorder Presumption Regulation

An amendment to the Workers Compensation Act in the spring of 2018 added mental health disorders to the list of illnesses that are recognized as being associated with certain professions — specifically, police, firefighters, paramedics, sheriffs, and correctional officers. Changes to the Mental Disorder Presumption Regulation came into effect on April 16, 2019 that expanded the list of eligible occupations to include emergency dispatchers, nurses, and publicly funded health care assistants.

For more information, see this news release from WorkSafeBC.
Improvements to worksafebc.com

Since the new worksafebc.com was launched in 2016, WorkSafeBC has been making continuous improvements to the website based on users’ feedback. The latest enhancement focuses on streamlining the home page to focus on the services users access the most.

Changes to the home page include:
  • Adding a popular links box
  • Replacing the rotating image banner with a static image
  • Expanding the size of the search box


The Hearts and Hands conference aims to recognize the work of health care assistants, and to provide them with ideas and tools to stay safe at work while delivering quality care. This year’s conferences — featuring internationally renowned dementia care expert Teepa Snow — are in Langley and Victoria, and excitement is building as both conferences are sold out.

Hearts and Hands is made possible thanks to generous sponsors. If your organization would like to show its support for health care assistants, while directly reaching a dynamic audience of more than 400, see the conference’s sponsorship prospectus available from the Hearts and Hands website. Sponsorship partners will also receive recognition and promotion opportunities leading up to and following the events.
MSI Risk Assessment and Control for Client Handling

Overexertion and repetitive motion injuries, also known as musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs), continue to be the top injury type in B.C.’s health care and social services subsector. More than 40 percent of the injuries in the subsector are attributed to MSIs.

MSI Risk Assessment and Control for Client Handling is a guide is for facilities whose workers handle clients during the course of their work. It’s designed to help you assess the associated risk of MSIs and develop a framework for minimizing that risk.

The guide includes:
  • Information about client handling and assessing and controlling the related MSI risk
  • A template to help you prepare your risk assessment documentation
  • A sample table featuring a typical client handling task, and the factors to consider when deciding on appropriate equipment and procedures for moving a client
  • Regulatory requirements related to MSI prevention and the use of mechanical lifts
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