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Surveying Long-term Care Facilities about their Occupational Health and Safety Practices – B.C.

Jul 09, 2014 |

Dr. Chris McLeod

Dr. Chris McLeod

Dr. Chris McLeod

The Partnership for Work, Health and Safety is recruiting long-term care facilities to participate in an occupational health and safety practices study that is focused on understanding how an organization’s health, safety and disability practices are related to occupational injury and illness. The goal is to establish a set of leading health and safety indicators, which organizations could use to assess and improve their health and safety performance. Leading indicators are measurable characteristics that help identify risks of work injury and illness, in contrast to more common lagging indicators, which measure injury and illness after they happen.

The initial phase of the study focuses on the private long-term care sector in B.C., and all organizations will be invited to participate. Organizations will be asked to have two individuals (one representing management and one representing labour) fill out a ten minute web-based questionnaire at each workplace. This survey will ask respondents about their workplace’s health and safety policies and practices. Responses will be linked with previous and current occupational injuries and illnesses in order to identify which practices are associated with lower injury and illness rates. In a later phase, the study will be extended to a sample of organizations in the service and manufacturing sectors.

The study is open to workplaces in the private long-term care sector until August 31, 2014. To learn more about the study please visit www.pwhs.ubc.ca or contact Suhail Marino, UBC Project Manager, at suhail.marino@ubc.ca or 604-822-0200.

Source: SPPH Summer activities series