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Violent incidents go underreported

The Report: September 2011 vol.32 num.3

SURVEY OF MEMBERS REVEAL SOME BELIEVE VIOLENCE IS PART OF THE JOB

BY MARTY LOVICK

-VIOLENCE", ACCORDING TO WORKSAFEBC regulation 4.27, is the attemped or actual exercise by a person, other than a worker, of any physical force so as to cause injury to a worker, and includes and threatening statements or behaviour which gives a worker reasonable cause to believe that he or she is at risk of injury.

Are you affected by helicopter fumes?

The Report: September 2011 vol.32 num.3

STUDIES NOT CONCLUSIVE BUT HSA MEMBERS REPORT VARIETY OF SYMPTOMS

BY MARTY LOVICK

EVERY DAY, HELICOPTERS TAKE OFF AND LAND at worksites staffed by HSA members. The helicopters are a vital means of transport for the most critically sick and injured, but they are also a source of fumes which may be making staff themselves sick.

BCFed Health & Safety Centre

The BC Federation of Labour is offering a number of occupational health and safety courses throughout the province. 

Members may apply for reimbursement of course fees under the OH&S education budget.

Revised date: Basic OH&S Steward Training

Please note this is a correction from last weeks bulletin (EB11-09) advertising the Basic OH&S Steward Training dates of October 18 & 19, the correct dates are:

Basic OH&S Steward Training
(2-day workshop):

November 7 & 8, 2011

 

 

Please apply ASAP as workshops have been filling up quickly.

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Pre-registration form:

Contract Interpretation: in the event of flooding

In recent weeks, many BC communities have experienced flood warnings or evacuation orders. What are your rights in the event of flooding?

Q:  I work at a hospital that is subject to flooding if the river rises too high. My manager has told me that in the event of a flood, I may be relocated for my job. Can my employer do that?
 
A:  The River Forecast Centre of British Columbia has predicted that spring runoff could be higher than normal this year, and that there is potential for flooding in some communities.

CORRECTION: April 28: National Day of Mourning for workers killed and injured on the job

On April 28 ... the National Day of Mourning for workers killed and injured on the job ...  HSA President Reid Johnson and the unions Board of Directors joins BC workers mourning for the dead and fighting for the living.

All workers and their families are invited to pay tribute to workers who have been injured or killed on the job, or stricken with occupational disease.

April 28, 2011
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Hastings Park
Vancouver, BC

Workshop Reminder

There is still room available in the two-day OH&S Steward Training workshop on May 3 & 4, 2011.

Please register as soon as possible if you are interested in attending this workshop

OH&S Steward Training
May 3 & 4, 2011

Pre-registration forms are available from the HSA website at www.hsabc.org

For more information, contact Leila Lolua at the HSA Office.

REMINDER: Nominations open for David Bland Memorial Award

Six years ago, in 2005, David Bland, a vocational rehabilitation counsellor and HSA member from Richmond Mental Health, was murdered at his workplace by a former client.  His tragic death served as a sombre reminder that more needs to be done to prevent incidents of violence in the workplace and to protect health care ands social services workers on the job.