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https://safetyalliancebc.ca/websites/hand-hygiene-bc-cdc/
Hand Hygiene – BC CDC
April 7, 2021 Washing your hands correctly is the best way to stop the spread of infections.
https://safetyalliancebc.ca/websites/physical-barriers-for-covid-19-infection-prevention-and-control-in-commercial-settings/
Physical Barriers for COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control in Commercial Settings
May 13, 2020 The National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health has provided information and best practices for implementing physical barriers for COVID-19 prevention and control.
https://safetyalliancebc.ca/websites/whmis-worksafebc/
WHMIS WorkSafeBC
May 8, 2020 Hazardous materials may cause serious health problems in workers or fires or explosions in the workplace. WHMIS provides information on hazardous products, as defined and described in the federalHazardous Products Actand Hazardous Products Regulations, so workers can protect themselves. While WHMIS was updated in 2015, responsibilities for employers, workers, and others remain unchanged.
https://safetyalliancebc.ca/websites/breathe-safer-how-to-use-respirators-safely-and-start-a-respirator-program/
Breathe Safer: How to Use Respirators Safely and Start a Respirator Program
May 8, 2020

This manual, developed for employers, supervisors, and workers, describes different types of breathing hazards and respirators. It also explains how to choose, fit, and care for a respirator. In addition, the manual covers the essential elements of respirator programs.

https://safetyalliancebc.ca/websites/bc-covid-19-symptom-self-assessment-tool/
BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool
April 28, 2020 This self-assessment tool, developed with the BC Ministry of Health, will help determine whether you may need further assessment for COVID-19 testing by a healthcare provider or at a local collection centre. You can complete this assessment for yourself, or on behalf of someone else.
https://safetyalliancebc.ca/websites/cleaning-and-disinfecting-your-facility-cdc-gov/
Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility – CDC.gov
April 14, 2020 Everyday Steps, Steps When Someone is Sick, and Considerations for Employers
https://safetyalliancebc.ca/websites/covid-19-and-returning-to-safe-operation/
COVID-19 and returning to safe operation
April 7, 2020 WorkSafeBC recognizes the importance of worker safety as businesses look to resume operations following COVID-19 related work stoppages or interruptions. The following materials provide employers with information and resources to assist them in ensuring the risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19 is minimized at their workplace.
https://safetyalliancebc.ca/websites/covid-19-frequently-asked-questions/
COVID-19 frequently asked questions
April 7, 2020 This website from WorkSafeBC provides answers to frequently asked questions from British Columbian workers and employers focusing on how to maintain a healthy and safe workplace during the COVID-19 outbreak. Questions and answers are grouped under various topic headings.
https://safetyalliancebc.ca/websites/food-processing-cdc/
Food Processing information for food premises
April 7, 2020 Information for grocery stores, restaurants and other food premises for employers and workers

Knowledgebase

Clinical trials did not report serious side effects due to the vaccines. The people who received the vaccines in the clinical trials continue to be monitored for any longer-term side effects. Several processes are in place in Canada to monitor the vaccines' safety as more people get immunized.

Common reactions to the vaccines may include soreness, redness, swelling and itchiness where the vaccine was given. For some people, these reactions may show up eight or more days after getting the vaccine. Other reactions may include tiredness, headache, fever, chills, muscle or joint soreness, swollen lymph nodes under the armpit, nausea and vomiting. These reactions are mild and generally lasts one to two days. If you have concerns about any symptoms you develop after receiving the vaccine, speak with your health-care provider or call 8-1-1 for advice.

It is important to stay in the clinic for 15 minutes after getting any vaccine because about 1 in a million people can have a life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. This may include hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the throat, tongue or lips. Should this reaction occur, the health-care providers on-site are prepared to treat it. If symptoms develop after you leave the clinic, call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number. Always report serious or unexpected reactions to your health-care provider.

Based on direction from the provincial Ministry of Health, we will complete the program this week. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has recommended a temporary suspension of the use of the AstraZeneca/SII Covishield vaccines in Canadians under 55. This is a precautionary measure, as the vaccine may be associated with rare cases of blood clots, totaling less than 30 cases worldwide out of 20 million people who received the vaccine.

More than 300,000 doses of the AstraZeneca/SII Covishield vaccines have been administered in Canada; to date, no cases of the rare blood clotting adverse events have been reported. The cases identified in other jurisdictions have been primarily in women under the age of 55 years, although cases in men have also been reported; they have mostly occurred between four and 20 days after vaccination. If you received this vaccine within the past three weeks, and experience any of the following symptoms, seek immediate medical attention. It is a condition that we have a test for and is treatable.

  • prolonged headache

  • blurred vision

  • shortness of breath

  • chest pain

  • leg swelling

  • persistent abdominal pain

  • abnormal bruising or bleeding


Further information on signs and symptoms of this adverse event and treatment can be found on Health Canada’s website.
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has recommended a temporary suspension of the use of the AstraZeneca/SII Covishield vaccines in Canadians under 55. This is a precautionary measure, as the vaccine may be associated with rare cases of blood clots, totaling less than 30 cases worldwide out of 20 million people who received the vaccine.

Immunization has saved more lives in Canada in the last 50 years than any other health measure. Canada has a very thorough system to approve new vaccines for human use. Only vaccines that have been shown to be safe are approved. Once approved for use, all vaccines are closely monitored by public health officials and Health Canada for their safety. The COVID-19 vaccines currently used in Canada have been administered to millions of people around the world and have been shown to be both safe and effective.

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