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The Waterloo Wellington LHIN Talks Safety

As governors and leaders in the healthcare system we have a collective responsibility to ensure the safety of those working in the organizations we oversee. Workplace violence and harassment in the health care sector is among the highest in Ontario and of significant concern to the health and wellbeing of not only our staff, but our patients and families. The 2017 Ontario Report on Preventing Workplace Violence in the Health Care Sector outlined significant concerns for staff and employers and indicated a “need to take concrete steps to change attitudes, provide support for prevention, and make health care workplaces safer and more responsive to incidents of violence.” We agree.

The Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network has a zero-tolerance policy for workplace violence and harassment.

In our Annual Business Plan for 2018‑19 – we are making a bold commitment to the safety of those working within our organization and across the health system – that we will be the most physically and psychologically safe place to work

One of our initiatives to help accomplish this across the WWLHIN system is having a series of sessions for leaders and governors is to provide high quality education series to stimulate innovation and leading practice regarding physical and psychological safety in health care.  To keep the information relevant, we’ve provided copies of the presentations and other materials provided by the presenters for use by those within our health system.  To date we have had the following sessions:

Clicking on the links will take you to presentation materials and other information provided by the presenters. 

Please note that WWLHIN does not endorse any presenters’ materials, resources or information.  These are provided as a service only.  Each organization or person reviewing the information is accountable for their own use, or not, of the information and ideas presented. 

November 27, 2018

As a result of the recommendations in the provincial report, preventing workplace violence is included in the Quality Improvement Plan template as a requirement for hospitals and optional for others. Phase II will make this mandatory for all health care sectors in 2019-2020. Having a proactive approach to mental health in the workplace can help moderate the impact of life stressors which can lead to violence.

The Waterloo Wellington LHIN is continuing our bold commitment to the safety of our employees and partners in the health care system. To facilitate this commitment, this instalment of our WWLHIN Talks series of workshops focuses on Proactive Approaches to Mental Health in the Workplace.

  • Julie Prince, Care Coordinator at the Waterloo Wellington LHIN sharing her story of workplace induced PTSD
  • Elizabeth Witmer, Chair Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and 
  • Henrietta Van Hulle, Vice President of Client Outreach, Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA)
  • Nancy Dunk, Owner of Dunk and Associates

Presentations and Handouts

May 30, 2018

The 2017 Ontario Report on Preventing Workplace Violence in the Health Care Sector outlined significant concerns for staff and employers and indicated a “need to take concrete steps to change attitudes, provide support for prevention, and make health care workplaces safer and more responsive to incidents of violence.” We agree.

Legal Accountabilities and Best Practices in Preventing Workplace Violence and Harassment will give you helpful information to ensure your workplace is functioning safely for all employees.

To that end we brought together the following leaders in Preventing Workplace Violence in the Health Care Sector.  

  • Marianne Walker, President and CEO of Guelph General Hospital 

  • Tom Smith, Psychological & Physical Safety Consultant with the Waterloo Wellington LHIN

  • Henrietta Van Hulle, Executive Director for Health & Community Services with Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA)

  • Scott Smith. President of High Performance Solutions and Consortium

Presentations and Handouts

For more information contact:

Tom Smith, Psychological and Physical Safety Consultant

Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network 

T: 519- 883 5500 ext. 5422   Toll Free: 888 883 3313 ext. 5422

C: 226-218-8661 (preferred) F 519 883 5555

tom.smith@lhins.on.ca