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Injury Prevention Resources for Health Care - Home Care

Chemical and Physical Hazards | Dementia | General Ergonomics | General Safety | Home Care | Infectious Disease | Patient Handling | Slips and Trips | Violence

The following links list tools, publications, and other resources to help prevent the most common injuries and illnesses in the health care industry. These resources may not meet all the requirements for health and safety in British Columbia. Please check the Workers Compensation Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, and related materials for specific WorkSafeBC requirements.

Plan Before You Drive Clients: Reduce the Risk of Workplace Violence

video thumbnail Driving clients to appointments can put you at risk from violent or undesirable behaviour. Safe driving of clients requires individualized assessments and a plan. This video explains some of the decisions you need to make before getting behind the wheel.
Source: WorkSafeBC
* Video (2 min 52 sec)

Reducing the risks when driving clients new item

Driving clients to and from appointments in the community can expose workers to violence and other undesirable behaviours. This bulletin helps you determine whether or not a trip should be taken, the steps needed to protect the worker, and the requirements for the vehicle.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC

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Home Care Visits - Outside the Home new item

We staged three photos outside a home visit. See how many hazards you can spot in each photo. Challenge your staff, co-workers or students . Take the photos to a safety committee meeting or a staff meeting---anywhere you can to generate discussion about the safety issues where you work.

Complete series of three photos
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Individual photos

Worker In Car
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Worker Near Home
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Worker Closest to Home
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Make Your Home Safer for Care Workers

This brochure is for agencies that provide care in people's homes, to give to their clients before the first visit by a care worker. The brochure outlines what the clients need to do to make their home safe for their care workers. The back panel of the brochure has space for agencies to stamp their contact information.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
* PDF (926 KB)

* Also available in the following languages:

Home and Community Health Worker Handbook

This handbook is written for workers in the field of home and community health care. This handbook was written to help you:

  • Identify the types of activities that put you at risk of injury and illness.
  • Prevent injuries and illnesses.
  • Know what to do if you are hurt or ill.
  • Know your workplace rights and responsibilities.
  • Know where to find more information.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC, and OSHAH (Occupational Health and Safety Agency for Healthcare in B.C.)
* PDF (747 KB)
* Also available in French (PDF 725 KB)
* Print copies are available for purchase from the WorkSafeBC Store
* A free ebook version for iPad is available on iTunes

Leave When It's Unsafe (video)

video thumbnail Many healthcare workers work alone in the community. Learn what to do if you feel threatened or unsafe.
Source: WorkSafeBC
* Video (3 min 19 sec)

What's wrong with this picture?

These pictures have been staged to show a number of hazards. How many can you find in each picture?

Home care visits

Slips & trips
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Soft tissue injury
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Violence (choking)
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Violence (hitting)
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Distracted Driving (video)

With the exception of diseases caused by asbestos, occupational motor vehicle incidents (MVIs) are responsible for the largest number of work-related deaths in B.C. Driving while distracted significantly increases risk of injury and property damage, making this an important workplace issue for staff who drive their own vehicles for work.
Source: WorkSafeBC
* Video (4 min 41 sec)

Road Safety Resources

Occupational motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of worker deaths in British Columbia; on average, 24 workers are killed annually in work-related motor vehicle incidents (MVIs). Between 2006 and 2010, the cost of claims to WorkSafeBC from MVIs involving workers was almost $42 million.

MVIs are the 3rd leading cause of work-related accidents for Home & Community Care workers. To view or download road safety resources go to:

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