Today, the Provincial Health Officer announced new orders delegating specific powers of the Public Health Act to WorkSafeBC prevention officers. Under the new order, WorkSafeBC prevention officers are limited to serving a closure order to a business with a known COVID-19 outbreak. The closure order will be in effect for a period of 10 days, […] READ MORE
“This is not a joke.” Wayne Arondus, Chief Operating Officer at the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC, started calling members about an opportunity to immunize their staff against COVID-19, but he encountered some skepticism. “Some of the people I talked to thought I was pranking them!” said Wayne. “A couple even called the office to […] READ MORE
Prevent COVID-19 from entering your facility Monitor and screen anyone entering your facility, and support workers to stay home when feeling ill Educate workers to stay home if they are experiencing any symptoms and reinforce that no worker should be at work if they are ill. Make sure that all workers understand your policy, recognize […] READ MORE
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, manufacturers and food processors have had to adapt quickly to continue essential operations under strange, new rules. Months later, we’re still learning about the virus, and questions persist about the best controls and policies to keep people safe at work. In this special edition of Make It Safe […] READ MORE
How will you handle a COVID-19 positive case or potential outbreak? Plan ahead to minimize the risk to your employees and your business It’s easy to lose sight of how to treat people in times of stress, and how you treat them through those really, really challenging times will dictate how you get through future […] READ MORE
COVID-19 Webinars Exposure control plan Guidelines and best practices Respirator protection basics Government and health and safety supports Ergonomics tips for working from home Answering your COVID-19 health questions Process change | Safely shifting to make hand sanitizer Respiratory protection resources Donning and doffing a disposable respirator User seal checks on disposable respirators User seal […] READ MORE
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.
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.
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.
shortness of breath
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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