CCSA Safety Segments

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Featured Topic: Emergency Preparedness

As the summer season approaches, it’s a time when we eagerly embrace warmer weather, longer days, and outdoor activities. However, amidst the excitement, fun and relaxation, we must not forget that safety is not only for the workplace. Whether you are at work or at home with your family safety should always remain a top priority. The emergency response focus this month is Code Grey.

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Emergency Preparedness
Emergencies may occur, the question is: will you be ready when they do? Dealing with emergencies requires a lot of different skills, teamwork, planning, communicating, and more.Above all preparedness can be equated to practice.Review the pages of the May Safety Segment and practice some of the skills mentioned.
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Volunteer Safety and Appreciation
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Nutrition and Wellness at Work
As an employer, you can enhance your employees' well-being and foster healthier communities by advocating for better eating habits and increased physical activity in your workplace. The emergency response focus this month is Loss of Services Contingency Planning. .
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RSI/MSI Prevention
Injury Prevention is an important topic in Continuing Care; with the rising injury and WCB premium rates, looking at frequent causes and prevention strategies is key. Musculoskeletal Injuries (MSI’s), encompass strains, sprains, musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), and repetitive strain injuries and can impact various body regions, including the lower back, shoulders, neck, elbows, hands or wrists, legs, and feet.
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Safety Culture
Safety culture is the collective attitudes, values, and beliefs that everyone in the work environment puts safety at the forefront of everything they do. Having a robust safety culture is paramount in employers maintaining safe operations.Safety Strong safety cultures not only provide a safer environment for employees but improve employee job satisfaction and can propel organizational growth.
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Non-Fire Emergency Response
Emergency response planning is a key component for any organization that wants to protect lives, minimize damages, and uphold operational continuity during unforeseen events. It requires a proactive approach, ongoing assessment, and engagement from all stakeholders to ensure a comprehensive, effective, and adaptable emergency response system.
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Relationship Building: Residents & Families
Establishing relationships is a fundamental aspect of delivering exceptional care across various environments, with a particular emphasis on supporting residents and enhancing their quality of life. However, these connections are equally crucial for the safety and well-being of the care industry’s workforce.> Establishing relationships extends beyond just staff interactions with residents to include fostering enduring connections with residents’ families.
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Flu Awareness/ Fire Prevention
Most people who get sick with influenza will recover, but in come cases, it can require hospitalization. There are multiple precautions one can take to reduce the risk of spreading Influenza.> It is crucial to be prepared for emergencies and disasters so we are aware of what we need to do and where to go
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Standing Ergonomics
When ergonomics in the workplace is discussed often the first thought is to those workers working at a desk doing computer work; however, for those who working the standing position ergonomics is just as important. These safety segments will help leaders promote a more ergonomic friendly environment for their standing workers in the supportive services where standing is the only option to complete their work.
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Age and the Workplace
Today’s workforce is very structurally different that the workforce of the past. Workplaces today are made up of staff from many different generations. Some workplaces can consist of workers from up to 5 generations.In Continuing Care, if we include volunteers, this can be very true.This can lead to some challenges.These safety segments would help leaders promote a more mentally healthy workplace.
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Hazard Assessment & Reporting
The Alberta legislation states that a hazard is a “situation, condition, or, thing that may be dangerous to the health and safety of workers.” With the help of hazard assessments, we are able to build a healthier and much safer workplace.This process provides the workplace an opportunity to prevent injuries and illnesses by identifying any hazards and implementing appropriate controls.
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Situational Awareness
Situational awareness is the perception of the elements in the environment, then understanding their impact on your safety and the safety of others. Developing situational awareness as a skill will determine how well you will react to preserve that safety.It is critical to developing situational awareness skills to optimize your decision-making, choosing the right path can make the difference in avoiding injury
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Workplace Complacency
Complacency occurs in every workplace and individual complacency will differ. Complacency can be defined as self-satisfaction with yourself and your own abilities, especially when accompanied by a lack of awareness of present dangers or process deficiencies..Most jobs are repetitive, and gradually people can take things for granted, in their daily work. This can lead to health and safety risks to themselves and their colleagues.
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Ergonomics
Ergonomics is the science of designing the environment, equipment, tools, tasks and job to the worker.  The goal is to lessen muscle fatigue, increase productivity and reduce the number and severity of musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs). 
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Strengthening Relationships: Staff to Family Member
Person centred care is defined as “empowering people to take charge of their own health rather than being passive recipients of services” by the World Health Organization.
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Emergency Response Preparedness
Emergency Response is the systematic response to an unexpected or dangerous occurrence. The goal of any emergency response procedure is to mitigate the impact of the event on people and the environment.
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Summer Safety
As the summer months are approaching so can the occurrence of severe weather.  It is important that we are prepared for anything since severe weather can occur at any time and fast.  
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Strengthening Relationships: To Self and Others
Most adults would spend most of their waking hours at work and with one in five Canadians experiencing a mental health problem or illness, prioritizing self-care is critical to ensure that staff are not burning out. Employers have a role to play in promoting self-care of their employees and to prevent mental or psychological harm.
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Personal Protective Equipment
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is part of what is referred to as the hierarchy of controls in hazard management. PPE plays a necessary part in the everyday work performed in continuing care. To work safely, each worker must select the correct PPE and use it correctly.
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Violence and Harassment

What can employers do to protect their workers from becoming victims of workplace violence? The primary goal is to prevent these types of incidents by minimizing the risks. A secondary goal is to make sure your company and workforce are prepared for violence so you can minimize casualties and respond quickly in the event of a violent incident.

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Healthy Workplaces
Keeping healthy and staying safe is important for our mind and body. Not only does getting sick take a toll on our daily life, but it also impacts our workplace and the safety of those who are around us, most especially our residents. We must remember to take care to give care.
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Slips, Trips and Falls
Slips and trips: “Slips and trips are one of the main causes of injuries in Canada. Slips happen when there is not much traction or friction between your footwear and the surface you are walking on.”

Falls: “Falls are hazards that are always present and will always be a cause for concern. According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, over 42,000 workers are injured annually due to falls. Statistics show that 30% of falls are from a height”

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Holiday Safety
The Holidays are a wonderful time of year but in addition to the celebratory atmosphere, safety cannot be put on the shelf like an elf. Safety always needs to be a consideration throughout the year and during the Holidays.  This CCSA Safety Segment resource will help leaders and facilitators to lead discussions on different Holiday safety topics and emphasize the importance of safety fundamentals such as good body mechanics and informal hazard assessments even during the Christmas season.   Click the links to download each segment page:
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Workplace Violence and Harassment Prevention
More action is needed to effect and drive change in preventing workplace violence. Preventing and mitigating violence, in the workplace takes a multi-faceted approach. Long-term care home administrators, nurses, and other healthcare workers, along with the broader public, must appreciate and understand that workplace violence is not part of the job, and every effort must be made to prevent it.     Click the links to download each segment page:
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Communicating Safety
Communicating about safety is challenging in any workplace, especially in a healthcare facility. Your challenge as a safety leader is conveying important information the workers need to do their job safely. Workers also need support to be able to effectively report concerns that may impose safety risks.      Click on the safety segments below that would help support leaders, managers and workers in communicating safety.:
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Your Health and Safety Committee
Health and safety committees (HSCs) are an integral part of the safety culture of any organization regardless of the organizations size or complexity. HSCs serve a vital purpose beyond being drivers of a healthy safety culture, they are stewards of the safety programs within the safety management system.      Click on the safety segments to learn more:
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Safety Culture
A culture is the shared attitudes, beliefs, and values of a group. In the workplace a culture is the shared attitudes, beliefs, and values an organization commits to that influences their practices in pursuing their organizational goals. When you consider that definition, a safety culture is the shared attitude and belief that safety must be amongst the highest values that guides an organization, meaning, safety should influence every function within an organization while pursuing their main goal of providing services or producing goods.      Click on the safety segments to learn more:
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What are CCSA Safety Segments?

We understand that you value safety but sometimes it’s challenging to find the right resources. We know it’s not easy to find time to plan effective discussions with staff to support their right to know and their right to participate meaningfully. The CCSA has identified that gap so we have created the “Safety Segments”.

Think of it as a short safety talk or discussion… The “Segments” provides educators, leaders, OH&S committee members, and other designated staff with quick and effective sources of information that can be used as group activities or huddles in 10-15 minutes or less. The purpose is to empower the staff to help create safer, healthier workplaces.  

A topic will be featured each month. It is structured so each week you will have a different type of resource to look at with instructions or suggestions of how to do the activity, as well as guiding questions for those that will facilitate the segment discussions. Week 3 will be focused on mental health and wellness and an alternate resource will be available as an option. You can choose any topic for any week, whatever works for your team!

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