In 2009, the Saskatchewan Association for Safe Workplaces in Health (SASWH), in partnership with Saskatchewan healthcare organizations, developed the Saskatchewan Safety Management System (SMS). The SMS is a comprehensive framework for safety management in healthcare organizations. The framework consists of six elements and 22 sub-elements. The framework was constructed with considerable engagement across the Saskatchewan healthcare field and has wide acceptance. SMS elements include the broad domains critical to safety management in any organization:
Management and Leadership
Hazard Identification and Control
Training and Communication
Reporting and Investigations
In 2015, SASWH undertook development of a compilation of policies to support the province-wide implementation of the Saskatchewan Safety Management System (SMS). The SASWH policy project is intended to provide a standard set of model policies, compliant with Saskatchewan’s occupational health and safety legislation and best practice, which afford a solid policy foundation for use by Saskatchewan healthcare organizations. Read the SMS Backgrounder.