Written by Lawrence Li, Safety Consultant, Workplace Health

Reporting hazards is everyone's responsibility.

Workplace Health Incident/Injury Profile for June 2017

In June, there were 322 incidents reported to the Call Centre, with 141 accepted as claims.

Top 5 Incidents
#1 Violence (25 per cent or 79 incidents, 22 accepted claims)
#2 Patient handling (17 per cent or 55 incidents, 33 accepted claims)
#3 Slips, trips (11 per cent or 34 incidents, 20 accepted claims)
#4 Material handling (11 per cent or 34 incidents, 18 accepted claims)
#5 Blood and body fluid exposures or needlesticks (10 per cent or 31 incidents, 19 accepted claims)

Workplace Hazard Reporting

Reporting hazards is everyone's responsibility.

A hazard is anything you believe could cause injury or disease on the job. This may be an unsafe condition or work activity.

Recognized hazards need to be reported before accidents or injuries occur. Hazard reporting is intended to be proactive and preventative. Left unreported, hazards cannot be fixed, they can continue to occur and ultimately, they can cause accidents and injuries. Workers Compensation Board regulation requires that unsafe conditions and activities be reported to the employer without delay.

How do you report a hazard?

A serious and immediate hazard

  • If you can do so safely, immediately remedy or lessen the hazard.
  • Identify the hazard clearly to warn others.
  • Report the hazard immediately to your supervisor or manager, or someone with authority to take immediate action.
  • Until full corrective action can be put into place, take temporary measures to make a hazard safe.

If you see a hazard in your department

  • Correct hazards immediately as part of your daily activities.
  • Report re-occurring and serious hazards to a responsible person in your department so they can be addressed.
  • Report hazards directly to your supervisor or by using a Workplace Hazard Report. Follow the procedures printed on the back of the form.

If you detect a hazard in the facility outside your department

  • Complete a Workplace Hazard Report and follow the procedures on the reverse side.
  • Advise your supervisor or manager.
  • Your report should be copied to the appropriate department or person responsible for action.

What happens after you report a hazard?

  • Your supervisor or the Fraser Health contract manager will investigate your concerns and report their findings – typically within 72 hours. A hazard resolution plan is developed to address the hazard. If hazards cannot be fully resolved immediately, then interim measures will be required to make the situation safe.
  • If you or your supervisor requires further assistance in resolving a hazard, contact a Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee member or your designated safety consultant.
  • Hazard report forms are reviewed monthly by your site Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee.

However, it is also important to note that:

If an injury or accident has already occurred, report to Workplace Health Call Centre (1-866-922-9464) instead of a Workplace Hazard Report form. For client related hazards and incidents, the Workplace Hazard Report form does not replace the need to complete an PSLS report.


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