OKIB is committed to creating a physically, psychologically and spiritually safe workplace for each of our community members and employees. By ensuring employees are safe and healthy, we can provide the best care to our community. We strive to provide a workplace that is innovative, engaging and understanding; one that promotes physical safety as well as supports employee mental health.
Check out these informative bulletins on a variety of safety-related topics:
- Recreational Water Safety - With hot weather now in the forecast, Emergency Management BC urge residents and visitors to take extra care in and around rivers and lakes. Many lakes across the Interior of B.C. are flooding, including Okanagan Lake and Osoyoos Lake. Boaters are asked to keep their wakes low to reduce shoreline and property damage, watch for floating debris, and keep some safety measures in mind while on the water. Regional districts may have regulations in place for lakes; boaters are advised to check first before heading out.
- Heat Illness Safety - With warmer weather right around the corner, we all need to mindful of the health impacts of Heat. Heat stress creates many hazards in the workplace for those employees who must work in a hot environment. Hot environments can create indirect safety hazards such as causing employees to lose focus on their work task or becoming fatigued.
- The Benefits of Laughter - Laughter is the purest form of communication. It expresses our real desires and intent. Through laughter we are capable of being real, genuine, and authentically ourselves. Laughter has long been considered good medicine. Research has proven that laughter reduces the level of stress hormones like cortisol, epinephrine (adrenaline), dopamine and growth hormone. It also increases the level of health-enhancing hormones like endorphins, and neurotransmitters. All this means a stronger immune system, as well as fewer physical effects of stress.
- Stress - Many of us are faced with it everyday, but we might not know how to deal with it. It is important to learn how to handle stress because it can affect our performance and relationships in our work and home. At work, stress can lead to distraction and cause an unfortunate accident. At home, stress can put a strain on family relationships.
- Storing and Handling Materials - From filing cabinets and shelves to trolleys, storage and moving systems can present a range of hazards and risks to employees. Consider the following information when assessing hazards and risks from office shelving and storage systems and when implementing risk controls.
- Near Miss - A Near Miss is an unplanned event that did not result in an injury, illness, or damage this time, but had the potential to do so. Only a fortunate break in the chain of events prevents an injury, fatality or damage; in other words, a miss that was nonetheless very near.
- Winter Weather - The winter season brings cold temperatures and severe weather conditions that create many hazards for individuals working in areas that experience these conditions. Even if you work indoors, winter weather still poses many hazards for you, such as driving into work in bad weather or walking through an icy parking lot to get to your building. It is important to recognize and address the hazards the winter season brings with it.
Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
Homewood Health provides our EFAP and you and your family can access their services confidentially by calling 1-800-663-1142. Whether you need advice, counselling or just need a little help—Homewood is here for you 24/7/365. Homewood can help you tackle your personal and workplace challenges: everything from grief and stress, to helping you manage your relationships. 1-800-663-1142 is the number to call.
Homewood Health provides information that may be useful to you or your family:
Additional information on our Health and Safety program
We welcome open dialogue with staff and members about health and safety-related issues in the workplace. For more information, or to ask questions, contact:
Health and Safety Coordinator
Occupational Health and Safety Committee
The Joint Health and Safety Committee is a committee made up of worker and employer representatives working together to identify and resolve health and safety problems in the workplace.
The Committee’s role in the workplace includes: promoting safe work practices, assisting in creating a safe and healthy workplace, recommending actions which will improve the effectiveness of the occupational health and safety program and promoting compliance with Worksafe BC OH&S Regulation.