Workplace Safety


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

  • Bloodborne/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

  • Fatigue Risk 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

    Other resources:

  • Harassment Prevention

    The employer is required by BC law to establish and maintain a safe and healthy workplace and specifically to “ensure the health and safety of all workers working for that employer, and any other workers present at a workplace at which that employer’s work is being carried out” (WorkSafe BC, Workers Compensation Act).

    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.

    Have you experienced a violent incident at work? Here’s what to do:

    1. Notify your supervisor or manager about all incidents, even if there is no injury.
    2. Seek first aid or medical attention as soon as possible. If you need to leave your work area, tell your supervisor. Make sure you say that the incident happened at work.
    3. Report the incident by phoning the Workplace Health Call Centre 1-866-922-9464 (
    4. Start a WorkSafeBC claim for medical treatment and/or missed time from work. Complete a WorkSafeBC form online (, or by Teleclaim (1-877-967-5377).
    5. After a traumatic incident you may benefit from critical incident stress debriefing (CISD). By contacting one of the following agencies:


    • Physician Health Program
      PHP offers 24-hour access where you can be connected to an intake counsellor who will quickly determine with you what your needs are and will provide you with access to a variety of services which include a network of clinical counsellors. Phone: 1-800-663-6729
    • Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
      EFAP is a confidential counselling service specialized to provide service to healthcare employees and families throughout BC. They have an “affiliate network” with counsellors anywhere clients are, and also offer telephone counselling. Phone: 1-800-505-4929
    • UBC Resident Wellness Office
      Appointments can be booked with a Resident Wellness Counsellor by contacting the Vancouver office at: 604 875 4111 x 23055 or toll free at:1-855 675-3873 Email:
  • Workplace Injury/Illness Reporting

    Resident Doctors of BC (RDBC) works with the employer to make the workplace safe for all Residents.

    If you have experienced a workplace incident, it is critical that you report this to the Provincial Workplace Health Call Centre by contacting 1-866-922-9464. The Call Centre will then advise the next required steps:

    1. If you have not missed time from work, nor sought medical treatment, you will be advised to update them and contact WorkSafeBC if anything changes.
    2. If you have either missed work, or sought medical treatment, you will need to contact WorkSafeBC as well, and the Call Centre can transfer your call directly to them. If you would like to contact WorkSafeBC at a later time, you can contact them by:
      • Calling the Teleclaim Centre – The fastest and easiest way to report an injury and file a TIME-LOSS CLAIM is to call 1-888-WORKERS (1-888-967-5377). A WorkSafe BC representative will take you information over the phone, explain the process, and refer you to services to aid with your recovery and return to work. Teleclaim is available Monday – Friday from 8:00am-6:00pm., or:
      • Report your injury online – Go to and select “Report injury or illness” to input your information. You can submit your report online and, once submitted, you can follow the status of your claim online, or:
      • Submit the paper form- This option is only recommended if the above two options are not feasible (Form 6 – WorkSafe BC.pdf) – Clearly print your information on the form below, sign it, and submit it by fax or mail:
        • Fax 604-223-9777 in Greater Vancouver or toll-free within BC at 1-888-922-8807
        • Mail WorkSafe BC, PO Box 4700 Stn Terminal, Vancouver, BC, V6B 1J1

Experienced an Injury in the Workplace?

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

1 (866) 922-9464