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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.
 

Sunrise Regional Health Authority fined $95K for OHS violations

October 31, 2017
Global News - David Giles

The Sunrise Regional Health Authority (SRHA) has been fined $95,000 for four Saskatchewan occupational health and safety (OHS) violations.

The fines date back to three separate incidents that happened in 2015.

  • Multiple workers were exposed to a formaldehyde-based disinfectant spill
  • A worker suffered serious crushing injuries after her arm became entangled in a laundry conveyer.
  • An employee suffered a fractured wrist after her hand was pinned between the handle of a motorized cart and a door jamb.

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Fall Prevention Month

October 31, 2017    

November is Fall Prevention Month. Fall Prevention Month is a campaign that encourages Canadian organizations and individuals to come together to coordinate fall prevention efforts for a larger impact. Organizations are participating by planning activities and sharing evidence-based information on fall prevention.

Learn more and download the toolkit here: http://fallpreventionmonth.ca/

Nova Scotia improving access to PTSD benefits

October 17, 2017
Canadian Occupational Safety

The government of Nova Scotia is making it easier for front-line and emergency response workers diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to access benefits.

Amendments to the Workers’ Compensation Act introduced on Sept. 25 will ensure covered workers no longer have to prove their PTSD diagnosis was caused by a workplace incident. 

“Our front-line and emergency response workers have often witnessed great tragedy, sadness, and loss when helping those in need,” said Minister of Labour and Advanced Education Labi Kousoulis. “We want to make it easier for those who suffer from PTSD to access benefits and treatment. These changes are a step in the right direction.” 

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Support workers in long-term care homes need more training, says expert

October 2, 2017
CBC News

An aging expert says personal support workers in long-term care homes need better training on how to deal with stress on the job after multiple incidents of abuse surfaced in Ottawa's seniors homes. 

Adele Furrie, a board member of the Council on Aging of Ottawa, said the issue of mistreatment in long-term care facilities is a systemic problem that won't go away unless it's properly addressed.

"Their job is a very difficult one," she said. "I'm not convinced that they have the appropriate training to handle the stress."

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