Industry Updates

The CCSA wants to ensure its members are always up-to-date on what is happening in the continuing care and senior supportive living industries.

Evaluation of a safe resident handling program in U.S. nursing homes

July 17, 2017
Institute for Work & Health

How effective are safe resident handling programs? In a 10-year research project, a team at the Center for Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace (CPH-NEW) set out to measure the impact of one such program that was implemented across 200 nursing home centres. In this plenary, project manager Alicia Kurowski shares the team’s findings on outcomes such as ergonomic exposures, self-reported back pain, injury rates, return-to-work outcomes and return on investment.

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Long-term care home sees safety culture change after participatory ergonomics study

July 17, 2017
Institute for Work & Health (IWH)

Involving front-line staff has helped residential home find lasting and low-cost solutions to injury hazards

The health-care sector accounts for the second highest number of lost-time injuries in Ontario and, within this sector, long-term care homes are among the workplaces with the highest injury rates.

At the Newmarket, Ont.-based Southlake Residential Care Village, a long-term care facility employing 300, the 2011 stats on time loss due to injuries were startling.

It was more than the equivalent of a full-time position, says executive director Anne Deelstra. That was why the facility wanted to take part in a 2013 study by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) and Public Services Health and Safety Association (PSHSA), aimed at preventing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and slips, trips and falls.


Chairless chair supports factory workers with an exo-skeleton structure

July 13, 2017

Swiss studio sapetti’s ‘chairless chair’ is a flexible exo-skeleton that allows people to take a seat wherever, and whenever, they wish. users can walk around freely with this wearable exo-skeleton once they get into a squatting, crouching, or seated position, adding instant stability to the factory environment.

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Lawsuit seeks compensation for Ontario workers with chronic mental stress

July 7, 2017
Canadian Occupational Safety

TORONTO (CP) — A new lawsuit is seeking to get workers' compensation awarded to hundreds of Ontarians who say they have suffered chronic mental stress due to their work.

The suit was filed last week on behalf of two groups that represent injured workers and an Ottawa woman who says she was sexually harassed when she worked for the city.