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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.

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

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

British Columbia's Provincial Violence Prevention Curriculum

The curriculum is composed of eight e-learning modules and provides employees with education and tools to prevent, defuse and/or deal with potentially violent situations. To learn more about the curriculum and access the modules go to

Communicate information: Prevent violence-related injuries to health care and social services workers

Violence is a leading cause of injury to B.C. care workers and results in over 1,000 injuries each year. Investigations of violent incidents frequently reveal that the patient involved had a history, or a known risk, of violent behaviour that was not communicated to workers by way of assessments, charts, and care plans.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
* Communicate patient information: Prevent violence-related injuries to health care and social services workers (for public bodies*) PDF (102 KB)
* Communicate personal information: Prevent violence-related injuries to health care and social services workers (for non-public bodies*) PDF (109 KB)
Dated: October 2012

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)

Delirium in the Older Person: A family guide (DVD)

Vancouver Island Health Authority's MultiMedia Services and Mental Health & Addiction Services collaborated to produce "Delirium in the Older Person: A Family Guide" a DVD about delirium.
Source: Vancouver Island Health Authority MMS
* More delirium resources from Vancouver Island Health Authority.

Violence is not part of your job (poster)

This poster is a reminder that violence is not part of a health care worker's job.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
* 2012 Version (PDF 212 KB)
Dated: January 2012
* 2009 Version (PDF 2.8 MB)
Dated: July 2009

Preventing Violence in Health Care

This handbook is designed to help health care organizations to develop, implement, and maintain effective workplace violence prevention programs or to improve existing programs.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
* PDF (670 KB)
Updated: December 2005

Guidelines: Code white response

A component of prevention and management of aggressive behaviour in health care.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC, OHSAH, and the Health Association of B.C.
* PDF (299 KB)
Dated: April 2002

Response to Visitors Who Pose a Risk to Health or Safety in Health Care Facilities (Ministry of Health Policy Communiqué 2012-13)

This policy provides direction to health authorities on managing inappropriate visitor behaviour in a balanced and consistent manner. This policy applies to all publicly funded health care facilities including acute and ambulatory care, residential and hospice palliative care, assisted living, adult day and respite services.
Source: British Columbia Ministry of Health
Dated: October 2012

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