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Health & Safety in Action

Health & Safety in Action (HSIA) is aimed at reducing the number and duration of short and long-term disability claims through better prevention and management of occupational and non-occupational illness and injury. Launched in 2011, the project is led by BC’s six health authorities and Providence Health Care in partnership with HEABC, WorkSafeBC (WSBC) and Healthcare Benefit Trust (HBT).

Funding for HSIA came from an acute care contribution surplus identified by WSBC in 2010. It was agreed by WSBC, the health authority board chairs, Chief Executive Officers and Chief Financial Officers to invest the funds in provincial health and safety and disability management programs.

In the first phase of the project (Phase 1), three infrastructure and two pilot projects were completed focusing on building provincial best practices to support sustainable long-term benefits in BC’s health authorities.

All Phase 1 initiatives were completed by 2014 and evaluated. The results show promise relative to measurable goals identified in the initiative business cases. All initiatives were completed within budget. The best practices are now being promoted and extended within the health care industry.

Below is a summary report of Phase 1 of HSIA, along with final reports for the five initiatives implemented throughout the province: