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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.

Risk Management: Employers Benefit from Mitigating Workplace Violence

May 16, 2017
(US) Insurance Journal - Denise Johnson

Each year, close to 2 million workers are victims of workplace violence in the United States, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The federal agency defines workplace violence as any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation or other threatening behavior that occurs at a worksite. It can range from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and homicide.

To reduce these incidents, experts recommend employers conduct vulnerability assessments and training that will assist employees in identifying questionable behaviors.

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These Lowe’s employees are now wearing exoskeletons to work

May 15, 2017
CNN - Matt McFarland 

A handful of Lowe's employees have a new work uniform: an exoskeleton.

The home improvement retailer is testing exoskeletons on four employees at a Christiansburg, Virginia, store to make it easier to lift objects and stock shelves. Some Lowe's (LOW) employees spend 90% of their time moving and lifting everything from bags of cement to huge buckets of paint.

Wearing the exoskeleton is somewhat similar to putting on a rock climbing harness and a backpack. The suit also includes attached carbon-fiber shafts that run down a person's back and thighs. The shafts flex and store energy as a person bends over to pick something up. When the employee stands, the rods straighten and the energy releases, making the task easier. The process is similar to how a bow releases energy when an arrow is launched.

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More summer jobs created for Alberta students

May 11, 2017
Alberta Government

Nearly 3,000 high school and post-secondary students will gain valuable work experience through the 2017 Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP). 

The program gives young Albertans the opportunity to develop important job skills while helping employers hire the staff they need. Eligible Alberta employers receive a $7-per-hour wage subsidy to hire students for summer jobs from May to August.

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

May 4, 2017
Institute for Work & Health

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.

We jumped on board immediately, says Donald Squires, environmental manager and co-chair of Southlake’s joint health and safety committee (JHSC).

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