Did you know that workers in the health and community services sectors are more likely to be injured on the job than any other type of worker? Three out of 10 time-loss claims originate in these sectors, but stakeholders are coming together to help bring about change.

Click here to learn more about the five-year Workplace Safety Action Plan

What’s New? 

Safety is a two-way street. Read more about how one organization changed the way they provide care to ensure staff safety was also a priority in their facilities.

After months of gathering input from hundreds of health and community services workers across Nova Scotia, the consultation phase has concluded. Click here to view the report, Consultation Findings.

The Workplace Safety Action Plan is entering the next phase of development. Five working groups have been formed: Workplace Violence; Safe Handling and Mobility; Slips, Trips, and Falls; Mental Health and Wellness; and Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work.  These groups will provide strategic advice, input, and will make recommendations for consideration in the final action plan.

Are you a Working Group member?  Click here for more information.

Publications and Reports

A lot of work has been happening as we dig in to the complexities of health and safety in Nova Scotia’s health and community services sectors.

Click here to view reports and publications

Action Plan Partners

In 2016, the below organizations came together to facilitate the development of a sector-led, five-year action plan, a partnership that has grown in 2017 and now includes employers and organized labour.

AWARE-NS
Government of Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia Health Authority
IWK Health Centre
WCB Nova Scotia

Sector Safety Tips

For workers in the health and community care sectors, hazards are diverse. They range from driving hazards in visiting home-care clients, to the many ergonomic challenges that come with the requirement to lift and transfer patients, to biological hazards, and many more.

Click here to access tips that may help you stay safe at work

Working Group member? Click here for your meeting materials.