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Honouring Christine Ambrose, an OH&S Champion

December 22, 2020
Every year, the HSA Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Committee awards the David Bland Award to an HSA member who has demonstrated leadership to improve occupational health and safety at their worksite and beyond. The award was established in 2007 and honours the memory of David Bland, a vocational counsellor and HSA member from Richmond Mental Health who was killed at work by a former client. His death is an important reminder to take action to prevent workplace violence. 

Enhancing belonging and inclusion in the workplace with intention

December 11, 2020
By Tristyn KellnerHSA Member

How we took action to improve ergonomics at our workplace

December 13, 2019
By Vicky Grant, HSA member I have been working at BC Cancer as a radiation therapist for almost 25 years. Most of that time has been at the Surrey Centre, formerly known as the Fraser Valley Cancer Center. Radiation therapists are involved in planning and delivering radiation therapy treatment to cancer patients, and assist in assessing and managing the treatment’s side effects. 

Getting creative with OH&S education

December 20, 2018
GETTING CREATIVE WITH OH&S EDUCATIONSAFETY SCENARIOS, DRAWS, AND JARSBy Kiren Klair and Kristen HoneybourneThe Report, December 2018

Linda Bessant wins 2018 David Bland Award

May 31, 2018
 HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2018 Linda Bessant of Victoria, B.C. is the recipient of this 2018 David Bland Award.

Psychological health and safety in the workplace

September 24, 2017
HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, SEPTEMBER 2017 BY GERI GRIGG, HSA OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY OFFICEER Each year more than 20 per cent of Canadians experience a mental health issue or illness.

2017 David Bland Award

June 4, 2017
CT TECHNOLOGIST KAREN HAMILTON AND X-RAY TECHNOLOGIST BRENDA HAUCK RECEIVE THE 2017 DAVID BLAND AWARD FROM REGION 7 DIRECTOR MARG BEDDIS. HSA REPORT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2017 Brenda Hauck, X ray technologist at Saanich Peninsula Hospital and Karen Hamilton, CT Technologist at Saanich Peninsula HospitaL, shared the 2017 David Bland Award.

This is what needs to happen after a workplace accident

November 22, 2016
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.

Don't mess with asbestos

September 26, 2016
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.