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.

Hospital (in)security: When a nurse is attacked, others suffer, too

January 29, 2018
Montreal Gazette - Aaron Derfel

As a nurse toiling the overnight shift in the cramped emergency room of the Montreal General Hospital, Sarah has faced all manner of abuse over the years.

...A study last year by the provincial workplace safety commission, CNESST, revealed that health-care employees are subjected to more psychological and physical violence than any other profession, including law enforcement. The study also found that violence in the health sector rose by 8.3 per cent from 2012 to 2015.


Fine for Kelowna company shows WorkSafe B.C. won’t tolerate inaction on workplace violence

January 16, 2018
InfoTel News - John McDonald

KELOWNA - A Kelowna long-term care facility has been fined almost $5,000 by WorkSafe B.C. for failing to complete a workplace violence risk assessment.

Avonlea House, operated by Avonlea Care Centre Ltd., was assessed the penalty in late December after a year long attempt by WorkSafe B.C. beginning in 2016 to get compliance from the company.

As a company with over 20 employees it is required to maintain a health and safety committee which is tasked with conducting the assessment. Despite a site visit and a series of requests for compliance, none was forthcoming, according to the inspection report provided by WorkSafe B.C.

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STEP 2018 helps employers hire students

January 5, 2018
AB Gov News Release

Alberta students will get a leg up in their careers through the Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP).

The province’s economy is improving and the government wants to make sure all Albertans benefit from the recovery, including students and employers. STEP gives students the opportunity to develop important skills while helping employers hire the staff they need.

Applications are now being accepted for STEP from employers who want to hire students for summer work between May and August. Eligible employers will get a $7-per-hour wage subsidy.


Employers fret about hazy rules around pot use

December 22, 2017
Canadian Occupational Safety - Cassandra Szklarski

TORONTO (CP) — Once recreational cannabis use becomes legal, taking a ``smoke break'' at work could suddenly become much more complicated.

At least that's the fear among some human resources officials who wonder if the law change will bring impairment at work, decreased productivity, poor attendance and, of course, safety issues.

Many questions linger over what legal pot will mean for the average workplace, says Scott Allinson of the Human Resources Professionals Association, which outlined its concerns in a 25-page report over the summer.