Workplace Safety

Resident Doctors of BC seeks to promote its members’ safety in the workplace, and offer resources for those who need them.

  • Blood borne/Infection control
  • Dosimeters

    If you do not have a dosimeter and need one contact your supervisor to get connected with the correct admin. If they are unable to provide one, please contact the VCH Resident Safety Advisor, Jesse Cooper (604-875-4111 ext. 69717 jesse.cooper@vch.ca)

  • Fatigue Management

     Fatigue management:

    • Self-awareness is the first step for preparing, surviving, and recovering from shiftwork.

    Preparing for the nightshift:

    • Try to establish a sleep routine prior to the night shift
    • When possible, get extra sleep before your shift
    • Nap as needed leading up to your shift

    During the nightshift:

    • Undertake light to moderate physical activity to stay alert
    • Increase water intake
    • Eat light
    • Nap when possible

    Recovering from the nightshift:

    • Only drive home if safe to do so
    • Eat a light breakfast after your shift
    • Sleep as soon as possible after work
    • Try to re-establish sleep routines
  • Respectful Workplace

    If you are experiencing harassment, bullying, or intimidation in your workplace, please refer to the chart on unprofessional medical staff behaviour St. Paul’s Hospital has released. The resolution process may be similar across hospitals.

    St. Paul’s also has a policy on respect in the workplace which outlines the resolution process for resolving disrespectful conduct, discriminatory harassment (including sexism) and personal harassment

    Additionally, UBC Faculty of Medicine has Policies & Guidelines you can access. If you have questions about mistreatment see the FAQ from the Dean of Equity and Professionalism.

    CMPA also provides learning materials on managing conflict and aggression in medical practice

    WorkSafeBC also provides information on bullying and harassment

  • Violence Prevention

    Health care employers have made a provincial commitment to ensure the health and safety of all workers against violence in the workplace. As part of this commitment, there is a Provincial Violence Prevention Curriculum. It has four main principles:

    • Prevention is everyone’s responsibility
    • Communicate respectfully
    • Be proactive, not reactive
    • Take personal responsibility for the safety of yourself and others

    The curriculum is based on the overarching principles and a Provincial Violence Prevention Curriculum framework that identifies four (4) main responsibilities in preventing and protecting against violence in the workplace:

    1. Recognize Risks and Behaviours – This includes being aware and familiar with the general risks and behaviours that are associated with violence so you know what to look for.
    2. Assess and Plan – This includes informal and formal assessment of a particular person or situation you are faced with.
    3. Respond to the Risk – This includes strategies to prevent escalation, de-escalation techniques, knowing when and how to get help, and applying personal safety techniques.
    4. Report and Communicate Post-Incident – This includes proper reporting processes, knowing when/how to communicate risks, and where/how to access supporting resources.

    There are specific tasks under each of the main responsibilities. Participants will learn the foundational knowledge regarding those tasks in the series of e-learning modules.

    You can find more resources at VCH Connect

Witnessing something unsafe?

Call the Provincial Workplace Health Call Centre to confidentially report an incident, exposure, or near miss at your facility

1 (866) 922-9464