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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.

New Executive Director for CCSA

August 22, 2017

Continuing Care Safety Association Announces New Executive Director

On behalf of the Continuing Care Safety Association’s Board Of Directors, I’m thrilled to announce that Bruce McDonald is the successful candidate for the CCSA Executive Director position.

Bruce joins us, after an extensive career in the Alberta Government, holding various senior leadership roles, the most recent being the  Assistant Deputy Minister, Public Safety, Municipal Affairs. His scope and breadth of experience working with various Government Ministries, as well as leading many key provincial initiatives, made Bruce the ideal candidate to help support and steward the future direction of the CCSA.

Bruce certainly understands and appreciates the complexities of the continuing care industry and the critical role the CCSA plays in helping to ensure the safety and well-being of the staff, residents and families in our environments. Bruce is not only committed to building upon the strong foundation that the CCSA stands for but also understanding the membership needs and looking at future opportunities for the growth and development of the CCSA.

The CCSA has an exciting future ahead of us and we are fortunate, as an industry, to have the skill, caliber and commitment of the CCSA staff which will now include Bruce effective September 27, 2017.

Please join me in welcoming Bruce to the CCSA as he starts his orientation by going out and meeting as many of the members as possible.

On behalf of the CCSA membership, congratulations Bruce and welcome! 

Sincerely,

 

Blair Phillips
Board Chair

Review to examine workplace health and safety

August 16, 2017
Government of Alberta News Release

The Government of Alberta is launching a review of the province’s occupational health and safety system to improve workplace safety and better protect Albertans.

Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act sets the minimum standards for workplace health and safety, and outlines the roles and responsibilities of employers and employees. While there have been small changes over the years, the act has not been thoroughly reviewed since 1976.

“All workers deserve healthy and safe workplaces from their first shift through to retirement. Alberta workplaces and the nature of Albertans’ work have changed significantly during the past 40 years. We need to make sure the province’s laws and best practices are helping keep Albertans safe at work.”

Christina Gray, Minister of Labour

The review will examine the OHS Act, as well as compliance, enforcement, education, engagement and prevention efforts in Alberta’s OHS system. It will also clarify employer and worker responsibilities, improve worker engagement and maintain Alberta’s strong focus on illness and injury prevention. 

Along with an online survey and written submissions, the review will include roundtable sessions with employers, employees, academics and health and safety associations.

Albertans may participate in the review by completing an online survey at alberta.ca/ohs-review and by sending written comments or submissions to lbr.review@gov.ab.ca. Submissions will be accepted until Oct. 16, 2017.  

Regulations Review

As part of the Municipal Government Act  (MGA) Review process, all MGA related regulations were reviewed to support a modernized MGA and to ensure alignment with the amendments approved by the legislature in 2015 and 2016. So far, the review has resulted in the creation of new regulations and resulted in updates to a number of existing regulations.

The Community Organizations Property Tax Exemption Regulation (COPTER) is one of the regulations with proposed changes that may be of interest to our members. This regulation sets out the conditions and qualifications for property tax exemptions for non-profit organizations that carry out a charitable or benevolent purpose for the benefit of the general public.

The draft regulations are posted and will be available for public comment until to Sept. 22, 2017.

Review the draft regulation changes here: http://mgareview.alberta.ca/get-involved/regulations-review/

A health care worker’s guide to health and safety on the job

The publication ,"A health care worker’s guide to health and safety on the job"  is a resource for anyone working in Alberta’s health care industry. It addresses some of the basic provincially legislated requirements of employers and workers. It also provides at-a-glance information about some common health and safety issues people working in health care should know — and think about — every day on the job. 

The CCSA has a limited supply of these handy and informative guides developed by the Alberta Government.  We will distribute the guides on a first-come-first-served basis with the number available to be based on facility size. 

Please contact the CCSA to request "A health care worker’s guide to health and safety on the job" for your workplace!

*Facilities requesting the guides will be responsible for covering shipping costs.