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.

Health-care workers face violence on the job

May 30, 2018
The Star

Frontline health-care workers — such as nurses, doctors, personal support workers, administrative staff and dietary aides — provide essential services in hospitals, rehabilitation facilities and in home and community care. The hours are long and the work isn’t glamorous. “They got into the job because they want to help people,” says Van hulle.

Increasingly, however, many of these workers report being hit, punched, kicked, scratched, bitten and threatened on the job. “The public has to become more aware that this is happening and it’s not okay,” Van hulle says. “In fact, it’s illegal.”

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June 1st deadline for Canada’s Safest Employers Awards

May 22, 2018

2018 Canada's Safest Employers

These awards recognize companies from all across Canada with outstanding accomplishments in promoting the health and safety of their workers. The awards boasts 10 industry-specific categories, ranging from hospitality to mining and natural resources. Companies are judged on a wide range of occupational health and safety elements, including employee training, OHS management systems, incident investigation, emergency preparedness and innovative health and safety initiatives. 

If your workplace is a leader in health and safety, nominate them today!

Nomination deadline is June 1, 2018

FREE CCOHS Online JWHS Committee and Representatives Training

May 22, 2018

Employers will be required to have a committee or representative to address health and safety concerns in the workplace as of June 1, 2018. Alberta Labour in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has developed a free introductory course for Alberta residents to help committee co-chairs and representatives learn about their roles and responsibilities.

This course will help employers meet their requirements to ensure committee members and representatives have adequate training. Participants will receive a two hour credit. A certificate will be issued upon successful completion. You can register here: https://www.ccohs.ca/distributors/alberta/

Most workplace injuries go unreported in Alberta: survey

April 30, 2018
CBC News - Sarah Rieger 

A poll of 2,000 workers suggests that nearly 70 per cent of disabling workplace injuries in Alberta go unreported, according to a new report released by the University of Alberta's Parkland Institute Friday.

The survey's data suggests there may have been more than 170,000 injuries serious enough to require time off or modified work in 2016, but just 45,000 were reported.

"Workers typically don't report injuries for two reasons. The first is they don't think the injury is serious enough to warrant reporting. And the other is they fear their employers will retaliate against them for claiming the injury," said Bob Barnetson, a professor of labour relations at Athabasca University and co-author of the institute's report.

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