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This is what needs to happen after a workplace accident

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 2016

Employers in BC are legally required to investigate certain workplace incidents.

Those include events involving an injury to a worker where medical treatment was required, but also include minor injuries or near-miss events that had the potential to cause serious injury. Near-miss or close call events imply that if things had gone a little bit differently, a worker could have been seriously injured or suffered a health threatening exposure.

Health authority spends a lot to deny a little

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, SEPTEMBER 2016

BY RANDY NOONAN, HSA LEGAL COUNSEL

On May 17, 2016, Fraser Health Authority demonstrated a shocking disregard for the public spending of precious health care dollars.

Brenda Daudlin is a dietitian employed by Fraser Health at Burnaby Hospital. Dietitians like her are responsible for a broad range of nutritional practices, some which, if not done properly, can be dangerous and even life-threatening to patients.

Status quo is not an option

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, SEPTEMBER 2016

BY VAL AVERY, PRESIDENT, HSA

We're hearing a lot of interesting things from members like you.

Over the summer, HSA circulated several surveys and invited members to participate in focus groups. Each explored different challenges and opportunities facing our union, and we'll be following up this fall with additional surveys, worksite visits and the annual regional meetings. It's all part of our commitment to giving members a greater say and a bigger role in charting our course.

Taking aim at workload and shortages

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, SEPTEMBER 2016

Member surveys reveal that workload and shortages continue to be the greatest workplace concern -- and HSA is taking action.

After consulting extensively with members through a series of surveys over the summer, HSA is rolling out a multi-level effort to raise public awareness and get the provincial government to take action on the dire shortage of health science professionals. These shortages continue to create unsafe levels of workload, and contribute directly to wait lists that put patients' lives on hold, or at risk.

Eric Cheng, respiratory therapist

Eric Cheng

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, SEPTEMBER 2016

BY LAURA BUSHEIKIN

"I love what I do. I can't believe I get paid for it."

HSA member Eric Cheng is a respiratory therapist at Eagle Ridge Hospital in Port Moody, and a co-founder of the Canadian charity Respiratory Therapists Without Borders.

Ready to make a difference

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, SEPTEMBER 2016

HSA members are looking ahead to the May 9, 2017 provincial election, and getting the training they need to make a real difference. Stasia Hasumi is already jumping in with both feet.

"I've been a community activist for a while, but after serving on HSA's Political Action Committee last year, I saw how important it is to help elect candidates who will fight for the things we believe in," says Hasumi. "I got involved in last fall's federal election, and am already working on next year's provincial election."

Don't mess with asbestos

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, SEPTEMBER 2016

BY DAVID DURNING, HSA OHS OFFICER

In recent months there have been reports of hazardous asbestos abatement incidents in several BC health care facilities and labs.

This is potentially exposing workers and members of the public to deadly asbestos fibres.

Ambassador for pharmacy

Nadeem Zia
Nadeem Zia (centre, blue tie)

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JULY 2016

Surrey Memorial Hospital pharmacist Nadeem Zia was recently invited as a guest speaker to the 19th International Pharmacy Conference and Exhibition in Lahore, Pakistan.

Q&A: Are pension benefits like dental guaranteed?

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JULY 2016

Q: I have been following the recent announcement that our pension plan is making changes to retiree benefits in 2017 – including eliminating subsidies for dental coverage. As someone planning to retire in about 10 years, I’m wondering if I can count on benefits still being available when I retire. If not, I may have to adjust my retirement horizon to compensate for additional expenses in retirement.

Choosing to be stronger

HSA REPORT MAGAZINE JULY 2016

BY VAL AVERY, PRESIDENT

I am very proud of what we have achieved in the last 45 years.

I am especially proud of what we have been able to achieve in these last few years.

In the face of governments determined to squeeze our members for every penny, we have adapted, finding ways to achieve security in the face of sweeping change, wage growth in the face of austerity, and protection of hard-won benefits in the face of cuts.