Statement from the Ontario Safety Association for Community and Healthcare - Dupont Inquiry Recommendations

    TORONTO, Dec. 12 /CNW/ - "The Ontario Safety Association for Community
and Healthcare (OSACH) welcomes the coroner's jury recommendations in the
inquest of murdered nurse Lori Dupont.
    OSACH endorses strengthening legislation of both the Occupational Health
and Safety Act and the Public Hospitals Act, to heighten the awareness of
safety and the importance of integrating it into the core business of health
care facilities.
    Violence in the health care sector is increasing (Farrell, 1999, Priest,
2006) despite evidence suggesting that it is significantly under-reported.
Workplace violence affects all stakeholders (staff, patients/residents and the
public) in the health and community care sector.
    Solutions to avert workplace violence require preventive actions at all
levels - system, organizational and individual. Changes must focus on the need
for a comprehensive health and safety program, through a sustained and
effective health and safety management system. Such a system should analyze
and coordinate all aspects of stakeholder risk identification including
workplace violence, to break down silos and achieve coordinated and
appropriate risk management solutions."

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