The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) is pleased to announce that it scored 100 per cent in a recent safety audit performed by the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).
“We were selected by the provincial body to undergo a validation audit for the work done in 2012,” says Rhonda Lewis, Chief Human Resources Officer at TSH. “We know our staff and physicians take great strides in maintaining a safe work environment, but to receive a perfect score from WSIB really helps to showcase their hard work and diligence.”
Every year, the WSIB randomly selects 10 per cent of the organizations participating in the Safety Groups Program for a validation audit. The audit compares the findings from the audit to the requirements of the Safety Groups Program’s standards chart and the workplace’s health and safety policies, practices and procedures.
TSH reviews its workplace safety programs annually to ensure they are effective in meeting legislative requirements and the needs of staff in the organization. Through this review, the hospital is able to see what is working and identify areas for improvement. Being a part of the Ontario Hospital Association Safety Group allows TSH to stay current with industry standards. The overall benefits include:
Building and maintaining a robust health and safety program
Reducing the frequency and severity of workplace injuries and illness
Improving staff morale by enabling the hospital to achieve a safe and healthy workplace for staff, physicians and patients through sharing best practices
Safety Groups are a performance‐based rebate program developed by the WSIB, and TSH expects to receive a rebate later this year, similar to previous years, that will further enhance the hospital’s Occupational Health and Safety program. The Safety Groups Program rewards firms that incorporate prevention measures into their daily business. The key idea behind the program is that a well‐integrated workplace health and safety program makes good business sense.