From 2013–2017, VCH had nearly $29 million in WorkSafeBC claims cost due to occupational incidents and illnesses. A healthy and safe workplace can only be achieved when every employee makes safety their responsibility. VCH aims to foster behaviours that demonstrate a commitment to building a strong safety culture.
What are the greatest health and safety risks for Zahra?
Zahra is an administrative assistant. She provides clerical support to her manager and team.
3 KEY THINGS
The most important information I need to know.
Reporting Unsafe Work
- The right to know about hazards in the workplace
- The right to participate in health and safety activities in the workplace
- The right to refuse unsafe work without getting punished or fired
Workers’ rights and responsibilities are protected by the Worker’s Compensation Act and WorkSafeBC’s Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.
- Working in a safe manner at all times
- Carrying out work in accordance with established safe work procedures
- Using or wearing personal protective equipment, devices and clothing as required
- Reporting all unsafe acts or conditions to your supervisor or manager
- Seeking first aid or medical treatment for work-related injuries
- Co-operating with joint occupational health and safety committees, worker health and safety representatives, WorkSafeBC officers, and your VCH Workplace Health team
- Establishing occupational health and safety programs to protect workers
- Training and supervising employees to safely perform their work
- Ensuring employees are made aware of all hazards and that employees have appropriate personal protective equipment, devices and clothing
- Investigating incidents or near misses to prevent future recurrence
- Ensuring first aid equipment, supplies and trained attendants are available
- Organizing joint occupational health and safety committees, or worker health and safety representatives
Hazard Identification is a process in which a job, task or a situation is assessed for its potential to cause injury or damage. Hazards can be found in these aspects of work:
- The physical work environment
- Equipment, materials, and substances used in the workplace
- Work tasks and how they are performed
- Work design and management
Examples of Hazards
Physical – indoor air quality, noise, radiation
Chemical – cleaning agents, laboratory chemicals, hazardous drugs
Biological – blood and body fluids, bacteria, viruses
Psychosocial – stress, violence
Reporting Unsafe Work or Conditions
Reporting incidents and near misses is critical in preventing recurrence, increasing awareness for the hazard, and may reduce the severity of similar incidents in the future.
Unsafe work, conditions, injuries and near misses should all be reported to the Provincial Workplace Health Call Centre at 1-866-922-9464.
WHAT CAN I DO?
Tips to help me take care and stay safe.
Identify any hazards in the workplace. As you are knowledgeable in your work, offer suggestions for potential control measures to your supervisor.
Report injuries or near misses
Report any injuries or near misses to the Provincial Workplace Health Call Centre at 1-866-922-9464.
Promote the culture of safety
Work in a manner that is conducive to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace. Advocate for changes that may benefit you and your peers by sharing your thoughts with your team.
Checking my confidence in this subject.
MY ACTION ITEMS
In preparation for your new position at VCH, think about which hazards you may encounter and how you might control them.
Click below to access and complete the required Worker Safety quiz.