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The figures and statistics are astounding — in any given year, one in five people in Canada experiences a mental health problem or illness. In any given week, half a million Canadians missed work because of a mental health related issue.
While we must take primary responsibility for our own health and well-being, the workplace can play a significant role in our ability to manage both our physical and psychological health. Rather than choosing to ignore this very real issue, progressive-thinking organizations can take action to become part of the solution.
Psychological Health and Safety Management System
A well-developed psychological health and safety management system helps an organization identify potential hazards that could impact the psychological health of their workers. It is a preventive approach that assesses your workplace’s practices and identifies those areas of concern so that preventive measures can be undertaken to address them.
Potential key benefits of a psychological health and safety management system:
• Enhanced organizational effectiveness and continual improvement
• Improved worker recruitment and retention
• Reduction in disability and injury rates
• Improved worker engagement, morale, creativity, and innovation
• Reduced workplace conflict and grievances
• Reduced absenteeism
The new SPE-Z1003 Handbook has been developed for use in conjunction with CAN/CSA-Z1003-13/BNQ 9700-803/2013, the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard). Together these documents can help organizations create psychologically healthy workplace environments. The Handbook has been designed to help users understand where to start and how to move their organization through the initial planning stages to full implementation of the Standard.
The Handbook incorporates an easy-to-use, four-part framework
• Building the Foundation
• What Are Your Opportunities?
• What Are Your Objectives?
• Implement the Plan
Each chapter of the Guide focuses on one of the key components of the framework and includes a practical section with useful tools and techniques, helpful definitions, frequently asked questions, checklists, tips, tools and references to assist the user to work with the Standard towards successful implementation within their unique organization.
• Learn more about Z1003 Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace course.
This handbook is intended to be a comprehensive guideline for medical device reprocessing (MDR) in a variety of community health care settings (e.g., dental, surgi-centre, and physicians' offices). However, it is not meant to replace the use of available MDR standards and guidelines (see Annex B).
In recent years, a number of infection prevention and control issues related to MDR have been developing outside of hospitals. They include
- A trend to performing various medical and surgical procedures in outpatient clinics and in the offices of physicians and other health professionals. The oversight of the reprocessing of devices used in these areas is often much less than it would be within a hospital-based setting.
- An increasing awareness on the part of clients/patients regarding both the emergence of new infections such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), H1N1 influenza A, and Clostridium difficile, as well as a number of well-publicized reprocessing failures.
Such events remind us of how important it is to ensure that safe practices are followed in all clinical settings in order to prevent the spread of infections to our clients and staff. The importance of infection prevention and control and the role that MDR plays cannot be overemphasized. The impact of a transmitted infectious disease can be both individually devastating and socially costly. Health care and service providers are responsible for ensuring that the patient or client is not put at risk when reusable medical devices are used during their care.