Workplace Safety Committee Report

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Improving Workplace Safety in Nova Scotia's Community Emergency Departments

On Oct. 21, 2016, Premier Stephen McNeil and our president, Janet Hazelton, announced a working group to examine safety protocols in community emergency departments. The announcement came in response to a troubling incident at Soldier’s Memorial Hospital earlier in the month. The working group was tasked with developing recommendations to improve community emergency department safety for employees, patients, and visitors.

The Minister of Health appointed the following organizations to the working group: Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA), Co-Chair; Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union (NSNU), Co-Chair; Department of Health and Wellness; Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union; Canadian Union of Public Employees; Unifor; Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia; Department of Labour and Advanced Education; AWARE-NS; RCMP; Paladin Security; Cape Breton Regional Municipality Policing Service.

The group examined the existing safety protocols in community-based emergency departments in Nova Scotia and sought to identify areas for improvement based on research and best practices. The group’s report identifies 12 recommendations that will help ensure the right measures are in place so that staff, patients and visitors of community emergency departments remain safe.

On Thursday, January 19th, Janet Hazelton held a webinar to introduce the committee’s recommendations to NSNU members, and then on Friday, January 20th, she joined the Premier and her committee co-chair to announce the report produced by the working group.  A video of the webinar can be found below, and the full report is available at this link:

If members have any questions about the report or its recommendations, please email them to .

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