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Preventing Workplace Violence: Overview and the Review of Step 3



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Issue: #10       October/2014

Safety For All  our  theme for this month's Newsletter
Message from the Executive Director

  October 27th -31st  is Patient Safety Week highlighting the importance of  hand hygiene as the foundation for keeping yourself and those you care for SAFE.


As healthcare workers, ensuring that you protect your self first will go a long way to keeping patients safe. Our feature article this month helps to make the connection between worker safety and patient safety.


Remember to get your Flu Shot!








"Safety for All" Linking worker safety and patient safety


By Scott Bennett 




 In Canada, health care is among the top four industry sectors in terms of frequency of lost time injuries, well ahead of mining and construction. Health care in Canada has the highest rates of patient/client aggression and violence, even higher than police work. The other top two sources of lost time injuries are musculoskeletal injuries and slips and falls. Bullying in the workplace and increased workloads with little resources leads to burnout and fatigue.  Ample evidence exists that shows a connection between high rates of injury/illness, absences from work and adverse outcomes for patient/clients and workers. 


There is evidence based research that supports the benefits to linking worker safety and patient safety, but many organizations struggle to make this connection happen in their organizations. "The promotion of safe patient handling, adaptive clothing, scheduled toileting, stroke management training, measures to improve management of aggressive behaviour and, of course, infection control - all intended to improve the safety of workers, but also to improve patient safety and quality of care."( Yassi , Hancock ,2005). Organizations should take a proactive approach in assessing, measuring, evaluating, managing and mitigating risks.  This approach can consist of:

  • Leadership & Commitment
  • Risk identification & analysis
  • Risk management & control
  • Evaluation & corrective action
  • Strategic review for continuous improvement

The Joint Commission on Improving Patient and Worker Safety identified 'awareness of the potential synergies between patient and worker health and safety activities.' The following four activities are suggested:

  • Encourage leaders to make patient and worker safety a core organizational value.
  • Identify opportunities to integrate patient and worker safety activities across departments and programs.
  • Understand and measure performance on safety-related issues.
  • Implement and maintain successful worker and patient safety improvement initiatives.

As organizations continue to make the link between worker safety and patient safety, they will also see the benefits. Health care leaders are now seeing the benefits of implementing a proactive, coordinated system approach in health and safety and they include:

  • Increased quality of patient care and service
  • Decrease in absenteeism and overtime
  • Improved communication and teamwork
  • Higher work satisfaction and productivity
  • A healthier more stable workforce
  • A safer work environment


Nurturing a Patient Safety Culture

Patient to worker Safety

                                      CDC- New Guidelines         

Patient Safety Institute

Public Health Agency of Canada

Qmentum Quarterly-Minimizing risk (April 2012)

Ivey Business Journal- Connecting Worker Safety to Patient safety (Jan/Feb 2009)

WCB Stats


Workplace Violence Prevention: Steps for Safety
Heather Matthews of Aware-NS and Louise Barker of WCB have been all over Nova Scotia delivering workplace violence prevention workshops. Over the span of a month Heather and Louise presented in 9 different communities, ranging from Yarmouth to Sydney and everywhere in between! Throughout these 9 communities, Heather and Louise connected with 268 people from 112 organizations!

Feedback from these organizations have been great! Through analysis of the feedback received, it has been determined that 94% of the participants found the information valuable, as well, 94% of the participants left these workshops feeling satisfied about the material and information they had received! The most exciting news, however, is that 91% of the participants said they would apply material learned into their own organizations!

During the workshops, participants were asked "what does violence in the workplace mean to you?" Below are some examples of what they came up with:



No Fee Self- Directed Learning


AWARE-NS offers a no fee online training sessions. Sessions we currently have online are Safety Accountability and Internal Responsibility System (IRS). To date, we have had over 700 modules completed! Take advantage of this great opportunity!


We offer each topic in the full 50 Minute training session as well as the  Mini Modules that are 10 minutes- 15 minutes in length.


You go to our website, watch the video, answer the question and complete the registration form and submit. AWARE-NS will send the certificate of completion to your organization. 


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Coming soon 11 (15 min) modules for "Staying safe  while working in the Community"- Hazard Identification for Home care and Community workers