Excerpt from the OH&S Canada magazine (Nov. 2015)

As part of ‘Violence Prevention Month’ in New Brunswick, a new ‘Nursing Home Violence Prevention’ toolkit was distributed in many of the provinces nursing homes in November 2015.

The kit was developed by the ‘Nursing Home Workplace Violence Prevention Working Group’ – a collaboration involving the ‘New Brunswick Association of Nursing Homes’, the ‘New Brunswick Nurses Union’(NBNU), WorkSafeNB and the ‘New Brunswick Continuing Care Safety Association’.

A NBNU statement dated November 4, 2015, says this is part of an ongoing initiative in the province to reduce violence against nursing-home employees through shared training and resources.

“While some nursing-home residents have medical conditions that may make it difficult for them to control their impulses or actions,” NBNU Pres. Marilyn Quinn says in a statement regarding the toolkit, “everyone, regardless of the nature of their work, deserves a safe and healthy workplace.”

WorkSafeNB Pres. and Chief Executive Officer, Gerard Adams, says he was “pleased to partner with leading nursing home organizations to help workers understand their rights.”

My opinion

Every workplace must be as safes as possible for every worker.

Most workers fall into four types of workplaces and they all need to be safe. They include,

  • Construction,
  • Mining,
  • Industrial, and
  • Healthcare.

It is important that the province of New Brunswick has caught up with some of its sister provinces. It has recognized that healthcare workers are, at times, at extreme risk to their safety. All work sectors listed above MUST work towards a safer work environment.

The story is the same in most provinces so it is not a new story but an ongoing one.

Every step towards a safer work environment is a good one!

HRS Group Inc. has a great team that can help you with all your health and safety needs. Contact Deborah toll free at 1-877-907-7744 or locally at 705-749-1259 We can also be reached at info@hrsgroup.com

Ensure your workplace is a safe place.

Remember – In Canada, “ALL Accidents are Preventable”

‘Work’ and ‘Play’ safe.

Daniel L. Beal

CHSEP – Advanced Level
CEO & Senior Trainer
HRS Group Inc.