OSACH Welcomes the Government's Move to Amend the Occupational Health and Safety Act

    TORONTO, April 20 /CNW/ - The Ontario Safety Association for Community &
Healthcare (OSACH) welcomes proposed amendments to the Occupational Health &
Safety Act, jointly announced today by Peter Fonseca, Minister of Labour and
his colleague David Caplan, Minister of Health and Long Term Care.
    Healthcare is a high-risk, high-demand industry in perpetual change, one
with unique health and safety challenges. In 2007, the health and community
care sector reported 34% of the total workplace violence related lost time
injuries - the highest in the province!
    In healthcare, violence is compounded by the client-worker relationship.
"Integrating workplace violence prevention into clinical practice is essential
to avert such risk and sustain a reduction in related incidents", says
Joseline Sikorski, OSACH President & CEO. "Client assessment, communication
and care strategies must be considered."
    As noted by Sikorski, while some health care organizations have made
significant advancements in safeguarding employee safety, much work is left to
be done. Leadership commitment is essential to advance a culture of safety,
where workplace incidents from all forms of violence - including a personal
relationship - are reported, assessed and controlled.
    OSACH congratulates Dr. Heather Laschinger and Mr. Rob Devitt on their
appointment as Healthy Work Environment Champions for the province!

    Guiding leaders and organizations to adopt a health and safety management
system is a key strategic OSACH objective. As the designated health and safety
association for the health and community care sector, OSACH offers a number of
products and services. To learn more about the OSACH violence prevention
products, including our new free downloads Bullying in the Workplace and
Personal Relationship Violence in the Workplace, visit www.osach.ca or speak
with your OSACH consultant.

For further information:

For further information: Sandra Wilson, Ontario Safety Association for
Community and Healthcare, Tel. (416) 250-7444, swilson@osach.ca

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