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Health Care High Risk Strategy

The Health Care High Risk Strategy (HRS) focuses WorkSafeBC resources on identified high-risk work activities within health care and community social services worksites. The primary focus is on work areas and occupations where direct patient care or services to individuals are provided and the interactions between the worker and the patient or individual can be observed.

Officers will apply a point-of-care inspectional process to help identify at-risk workers. Six percent of all time-loss claims are from health care assistants, making that occupation the most injured in B.C. Combined, health care assistants, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, social workers, home support workers, and paramedics represent 75.8 percent of all time-loss claims from 2013 to 2017 in the health care and social services subsector. Point-of-care interactions between workers and patients or individuals pose the greatest risk of injury to workers, including serious injuries due to acts of violence.

Our goals

The goals of the 2018–2020 HRS are to:

  • Reduce the risk of workplace violence and related injuries to health care and community social services workers
  • Reduce health care and community social services workers’ risk of overexertion or musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs) due to patient/individual lifting and patient/individual mobility limitations

Our focus

Our focus in 2018–2020 is to:

  • Apply point-of-care inspectional protocols focusing on violence prevention, MSI prevention, and employer internal responsibility systems
  • Implement various initiatives to educate employers, workers, and supervisors; build relationships; and encourage safe work practices focusing on violence prevention and MSI prevention

What employers can do

The following resources will help you better understand and address some of the health and safety issues we’ll be focusing on with our inspections and initiatives. For more resources and information, please visit our Health Care & Social Services pages.