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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.

Don't Take Your Work Home With You

video thumbnail Hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of infectious disease. Poor hand hygiene means that what happens at work doesn't always stay at work. This video is about more than just your health; it's about your family's health.
Source: WorkSafeBC
* Video (2 min 07 sec)

Getting the full benefits of safety-engineered medical sharps

A nurse contracted hepatitis C after her finger was punctured by a contaminated needle while assisting a physician to set up an IV catheter. The device was a safety-engineered needle. This incident highlights that, in addition to the use of safety-engineered medical sharps (SEMDs), other measures must also be taken to minimize the risk of injury from sharps.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
* WorkSafe Bulletin 2012-03
Dated: July 2012

Controlling Exposure: Protecting workers from infectious disease

Changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation in British Columbia have expanded the regulatory requirements for infectious diseases beyond blood and body fluids. Preventive action is now required for any infectious disease that is found in the workplace and may pose a risk to workers. Workers in healthcare are at greater risk of exposure to infectious diseases; however, the information in this publication is relevant to every industry in B.C.

This book describes common infectious diseases and how they are spread, and explains how to protect workers from exposure to infectious diseases. This book replaces the older publication HIV/AIDS, and Hepatitis B and C: Preventing Exposure at Work (BK38).
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
* PDF (1.9 MB)
Dated: March 2009

Surgical masks are NOT respirators

Surgical masks and disposable respirators have a similar appearance and both provide a barrier that covers your nose and mouth; however, there is a great deal of difference in the protection they provide.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
* PDF (140 KB)
Dated: July 2009

Worker stuck by contaminated needle

A dental assistant was trying to remove the needle from a re-capped syringe. The syringe had been used to administer anaesthetic to a patient. When the assistant tried to remove the needle, the cap fell off. While trying to put the cap back on the needle, she pricked her finger.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
* Hazard Alert Injury 2009-07
Dated: May 2009

Preventing Needlesticks: Activate and dispose (video)

video thumbnail Needlestick injuries are the number one cause of exposure to HIV and Hepatitis C among health care workers. This video depicts the emotional impact of needlestick injuries to health care workers and their families.
Source: WorkSafeBC
* Video (1 min 05 sec)

Stuck by a Needle (video)

video thumbnail Needlestick injuries are the number 1 cause of high risk exposures to blood and body fluids for healthcare workers. See what to do if you are stuck by a needle.
Source: WorkSafeBC
* Video (2 min 04 sec)

Stuck by a Needle (poster)

This poster provides the reader with information on what to do if they are stuck by a needle.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
* PDF (2 MB) Dated: June 2007
* PDF in Chinese (298 KB) Dated: November 2007

Wash your hands (posters)

This poster is a quick reminder about the importance of washing your hands to help prevent the spread of infectious disease.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
* PDF (38 KB) (English - orange colour)
* PDF (866 KB) (English - brown colour)
* PDF (2 MB) (English - red colour)
* PDF (204 KB) (English - purple colour)
* PDF (124 KB) iLávese las Manos (Spanish)
Dated: August 2010

Guidelines for Infection Prevention and Control in the Physician's Office

"Over the last 10 years several new viral pathogens have appeared in human populations both here in B.C. and abroad (Avian Influenza H5N1 and SARS-CoV). We have also seen the re-emergence of other well known infectious diseases such as measles and TB. It is time to reassess our current practice patterns and commit to a 'NEW STANDARD' for infection prevention and control in the outpatient setting."
Source: B.C. Centre for Disease Control
* PDF (339 KB)
Dated: October 2004

Infection Control in Dental Settings

A topic portal.
Source: Division of Oral Health, CDC

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