Important Notice: WHMIS 2015 Deadline
You may or may not be aware that the date for transformation from WHMIS 1988 to WHMIS 2015 is fast approaching. By December 1, 2018 all workplaces must be in compliance of the new legislation for WHMIS 2015.
WHMIS 2015 Education and Training is available from the Saskatchewan Association for Safe Workplaces in Health (SASWH) at NO CHARGE FOR G22 MEMBERS, therefore, as a member you are eligible to access a number of our free available resources to assist you through the transformation.
- WHMIS 2015 training session either online or in class with one of our trainers;
- Program development assistance/one on one assistance with our Workplace Specialists;
- WHMIS 2015 policy templates in accordance with the Safety Management System; and
- Access to all Safety Data Sheets through the Sitehawk website (provincial database).
For further information, contact your area Workplace Safety Specialist for assistance.
SASWH Director of Workplace Safety: Jeff Schwan
Jeff Schwan, new SASWH Director of Workplace Safety, effective April 9, 2018
Jeff is no stranger to safety and no stranger to the healthcare system. Jeff has his education in Occupational Health and Safety and is a certified lean leader. He brings with him over 10 years of experience in health and safety working in his most recent role as Director of Occupational Health, Safety and Infection Control with the former Cypress Health Region. In that capacity he has applied his leadership to ensure compliance with the Saskatchewan Employment Act and Regulations, infection control standards and emergency preparedness for 22 sites reaching over 1800 employees. Among his accomplishments is the development and implementation of an online incident reporting database, he has led the development plans for occupational health and safety and infection control on 3 Capital projects and is an active participant on many provincial safety working groups. Jeff has a passion for safety, safety management systems and emergency planning.
SASWH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING and EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE was a success!
The March 22nd, 2018 SASWH AGM was another success and we want to thank all who were in attendance. The energy in the room, the opportunity to network and learn was well received by many. Our keynote speakers did a great job with Allan Kehler reminding us to pay it forward and left us with the challenge to take the time over the next few weeks to validate the work of others and reminded us that our voice in safety matters. Garrison provided us with tips on how to influence safety with a focused importance of listening to one another and working together for safety in the workplace. SASWH provided an overview of the activities and accomplishments of 2017 and will continue to meet the needs of our membership for health and safety services.
SASWH AGM Overview - Click Here.
Fentanyl/Opioids and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
The attached documents have been prepared with consideration of experiences in other Provinces, front line care workers experience. There is reference to best and promising practices known at this time for the protection of front line workers with respect to Fentanyl and Opioid use by others.
One document includes a Fentanyl and Opioid Risk Framework for Healthcare Workers. It is important to note that the recommendations cover examples of common exposures but are not intended to prescribe PPE for every responder or exposure or discuss all PPE options. In all cases, the employers must identify hazards to which their workers might be exposed and provide appropriate PPE to protect them.
Disclaimer: The content provided in these documents is reflective of what was known at the time and prepared as of Jan 31, 2018. While SASWH will do our best to keep these documents current you are encouraged to watch for and give consideration to any new and emerging details that become available now and in the near future respecting Fentanyl/Opioid and PPE.
Partnership for the launch of Saskatchewan Safety Council: Career Safety Education
The Saskatchewan Association for Safe Workplaces in Health is proud to support the announcement by the Saskatchewan Safety Council of the formation of a strategic alliance of organizations. This group was brought together by the Saskatchewan Safety Council that results in everyone in Saskatchewan between the ages of 14 and 21 having access to completely free career focused safety education! << Read More>>