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Funded in part by the
Government of Ontario
Ideas at Work

Sometimes the hardest part of any change process is making it stick. Great ideas often get undermined by the challenges of implementation, and without planning for sustainability from the outset, early successes can be hard to maintain.

Building for Sustainability

We believe that to truly achieve change, the principles of Healthy Work Environments (HWE) need to be integrated into an organization’s core business. Creating a culture of safety and wellness is a journey, and it needs to motivate everyone in the organization. By adopting an integrated, continuous cycle of planning, implementation, evaluation and ongoing improvement, organizations can build on their early successes and ensure sustainability.

Getting Started

Healthy Conversations
To foster respectful and healthy conversations, the Champlain Community Care Access Centre and its service providers established champions within each participating organization, hosted workshops for staff, and had ongoing communication through lunch ‘n learn sessions, cheat sheets, newsletters, etc.
MSD Prevention - Getting Started Checklist

MSDs are strongly linked to known hazards in the workplace and, as such, they are a workplace health and safety issue. Employers are legally required to make supervisors and workers aware when MSD hazards exist, and also to take ‘every precaution reasonable’ to protect workers from developing an MSD. All workplaces in Ontario, big and small, and from all sectors, need to consider MSD prevention, especially if their workers are reporting pain and discomfort, and are making MSD-related WSIB claims.

Gaining Momentum

Launching a Safety Blitz Campaign in Your Organization

This user-friendly Program Guide was designed specifically with the home health care/community worker in mind. The project’s Program Guide provides guidelines, basic tools, tips and templates to show users ways of communicating short, innovative, attention-grabbing health and safety messages. It takes you through campaign steps from start to finish. Some tools and templates can be tailored for your own organization’s needs.The Program benefits are particularly relevant in a work environment when time is of the essence, where employees often work in unpredictable/isolated environments and where there are challenges related to timely dissemination of and access to health and safety information to a dispersed and diverse employee base.
Achieving a Sustainable Culture of Safety
PSHSA’s Health and Safety Management System (HSMS)

In 2007, PSHSA launched a unique Health and Safety Management System (HSMS) to assist organizations to advance and link a culture of health, safety and wellness in healthcare. Two key steps are included in the HSMS: integrating safety into an organization’s core business and motivating an organization to achieve employee health, safety and wellness through the implementation of rapid cycle improvement initiatives. Six sites from various community and healthcare organizations consented to participate in the original pilot project and a subsequent evaluation to demonstrate the success of the initiative. The link provided here gives a brief overview of the program. For more information, please contact PSHSA directly to speak to a consultant.

Harnessing Technology for Workplace Innovation - Ideas that Worked

Toronto East General Hospital - Communications Device Project

Toronto East General Hospital (TEGH) is the first hospital in the Greater Toronto Area to implement a wearable communications system device that weighs less than two ounces and can be clipped to a pocket or lanyard. The multi-dimensional system enables users to speak directly to one another and make or receive telephone calls. The safety feature is activated by pressing the centre button twice, which immediately alerts hospital security. The user is instantly connected to all security on-site, enabling them to communicate and learn about a situation.

The project, which began in March 2008, is partially funded by the Violence in the Workplace Committee and is currently used on many units, including the emergency department and mental health unit.

University Health Network - Workbooks to Virtual Worlds

University Health Networks, in partnership with Loyalist College developed, implemented and evaluated an educational program that creates a Healthy Work Environments (HWE) Virtual Nursing Unit in Second Life.  Second Life is a 3D virtual world that provides opportunities for sensory immersive experiences, authentic contexts and activities for experiential learning, simulation and role-play.  The HWE Virtual Nursing Unit enables learners to repeatedly practice strategies for addressing horizontal violence and verbal abuse, to reflect upon their actions, receive feedback and try new strategies in a safe and risk-free environment.