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OHS: Break the silence on violence

RPN summit on violence

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 2015

BY DAVID DURNING, HSA OHS OFFICER

A recent survey of emergency department staff at Abbotsford Regional Hospital indicated that more than half of those who had recently experienced violence on the job didn't report those events.

RPNs share their stories in new HSA video

Last month over 50 RPNs from around BC came together for the RPN Summit on Workplace Violence at the HSA Head Office.
 
Today, we’re releasing a video featuring HSA RPN members as they share their experiences with violence in the workplace.

Changes provide stronger safety regulations

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, OCTOBER 2015

BY DAVID DURNING, HSA OHS OFFICER

Recent amendments to the Workers Compensation Act are meant to improve workplace health and safety and to provide stronger tools to WorkSafeBC officers for enforcing the Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.

2015 Bland award honours sonographers

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2015

HSA member David Bland was a vocational counsellor who worked at Richmond Mental Health Services. At the end of an otherwise ordinary work day in January of 2005, as David left his workplace, a former client was waiting in the parking lot – and fatally stabbed David. To honour his memory, the union established the David Bland Memorial Award in 2007 to honour the important work that members undertake as advocates for their colleagues in ensuring we all work in a safe environment.

Safer and Healthier Workplaces — Just One Election Away

Every year, thousands of Canadians are killed or injured on the job or die from work-related diseases. Yet, this is something few of us think about when we mark our ballots at election time.

This year, Canadians have an opportunity to elect a new federal government. Let's make sure that the people we vote for will go to Parliament and ensure the next government will properly enforce health and safety laws, including the criminal code when necessary.

HSA PRESIDENT AVERY SAYS SUMMIT ON VIOLENCE "A GOOD START"

HSA President Val Avery said she is pleased to have attended today's BC government summit on violence in the health care system. The summit, hosted by Health Minister Terry Lake in response to Avery's recent call for action, included representatives from other health care unions, health authorities, occupational health and safety experts and other industry stakeholders.

BC government acts on HSA call for summit on violence in health care

Following HSA President Val Avery's proposal, Health Minister Terry Lake will convene a summit to address the continuing problem of violence in health care workplaces. The provincial government has invited HSA to help conduct the day-long solutions-oriented discussion Tuesday April 7 in Richmond.

EDMP program expanding to support more HSA members

Members at a number of affiliate employers under the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association, the Nurses Bargaining Association and the Community Bargaining Association collective agreements.will soon be participating in the Enhanced Disability Management Program.