Safety First – OHS Support for Nurses
The safety and wellbeing of our members is a priority for the Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union. As such, we have compiled various resources to assist nurses in the event of a safety incident at work, as well as resources to help your workplace be more proactive about safety. In addition to these resources, NSNU has a staff member dedicated to guiding members through OH&S processes, advising members of their safety rights, and helping members exercise these rights.
The foundation of a well-functioning health and safety program is the Internal Responsibility System, which emphasizes that all individuals in a workplace have a role in promoting health and safety. No workplace is ever hazard-free, and healthcare is certainly no exception. Nurses encounter workplace hazards on every shift. They are expected to identify and report hazards, and managers are expected to provide working conditions that eliminate or reduce these hazards in the safest manner possible. This system, plus the rights and duties of both employees and employers, is enshrined in OH&S law and regulations.