Training program to reduce injuries at personal care homes

Program to also increase worker safety

Winnipeg Health Region
Published Friday, October 30, 2015

A new training program for personal care home staff with regards to lifting and transferring residents will support better care for Manitobans living in personal care homes.

The Safe Resident Handling Program is also expected to help to reduce workplace injuries.

The program was developed under the leadership of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority in partnership with representatives from all regional health authorities in Manitoba, to reduce the number of lift and transfer related workplace injuries to personal care home staff.

“The health and safety of the region’s staff is a priority,” said Shaun Haas, Regional Director of Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. “We are in full support of any improvements that will provide greater safety, health and wellness for our greatest resource: our people.”

The province is investing $300,000 to:

  • review safe resident handling practices including a statistical analysis of injuries by region, current practices and challenges
  • develop a provincial safe resident handling manual
  • create a standard provincial training program for staff and supervisors
  • create standard monitoring and injury reporting criteria and processes.

Previous investments to support safe lifting include the purchase and installation of new ceiling lifts and other equipment for personal care homes.

“This funding will be used to develop province wide training to prevent injuries, as well as monitoring and reporting processes to better track information from personal care homes across Manitoba,” said Health Minister Sharon Blady.

Source: Province of Manitoba

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