Workplace injuries can happen to anyone, but young and new workers are at a higher risk of injury.1
Young and new workers may be at greater risk for injury due to: inexperience, lack of training or orientation, lack of understanding or preparation of the workplace, or exposure to more dangerous jobs.1 Young males are at a higher risk of workplace injury than young female workers (15 to 24-years-old).3
Sprains and strains accounted for 53% to 55% of claims, with slightly over one-quarter of these requiring long recovery periods.4
Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) for Workers & Workplaces
Although concussions can occur in any workplace, WorkSafeBC data show that the service industry (including healthcare, tourism, food services, etc.), has the highest number of reported concussions that result in time away from work, followed by trades and construction. The development of CATT for Workers and Workplaces included an extensive international environmental scan and literature review. Taking an integrated knowledge translation approach, the development of this toolkit included end-user participation, ensuring both relevant content and delivery of the information to the target groups, as well as buy-in for knowledge translation and exchange. User research included interviews/focus groups with workers from multiple industries who had sustained and recovered or were in the recovery process from a concussion, and key expert interviews with joint occupational health and safety committee participants and WorkSafeBC and healthcare professionals who are involved in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of concussions for employees.
CATT WW includes a free 30 to 45-minute eLearning course with a certificate of completion provided, as well as a selection of tools and resources for concussion awareness, response, management and prevention. Print resources are portable, cost effective, easy and quickly referred to, and which provide appropriate reminders for diligence about safety in the workplace.
The Community Against Preventable Injuries (Preventable)
BCIRPU is a strategic partner of Preventable, a social marketing campaign aimed at reducing the burden of serious injuries at home, at work, at play, and on the road. In addition to delivering public-facing social marketing campaigns aimed at changing attitudes and behaviours towards workplace safety, the Preventable@ program provides an opportunity for workplace partners to connect to a market-tested, evaluated, evidence-informed larger injury prevention “brand” (Preventable) to support and enhance their own occupational health and safety programs, campaigns, and strategies while raising their corporate social responsibility profile.
The Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) is a program designed to provide workers and workplaces with the information they need to take an evidence-based approach in responding to and managing concussion. Although concussions can occur anywhere, WorkSafeBC data...
1. WorkSafeBC. Young and New Workers. Available from: https://www.worksafebc.com/en/health-safety/education-training-certification/young-new-worker
2. WorkSafeBC Annual Report Statistics 2018. Available from: https://www.worksafebc.com/en/resources/about-us/annual-report-statistics/2018-stats?lang=en
3. WorkSafeBC. Industry claims analysis: Time-loss claims in B.C. Available from: https://public.tableau.com/profile/worksafebc#!/vizhome/IndustryclaimsanalysisTime-lossclaimsinB_C_/Didyouknow
4. WorkSafeBC. Provincial Overview: Key Statistics, 2009 to 2018. Available from: https://public.tableau.com/profile/worksafebc#!/vizhome/Provincialoverview/Didyouknow
5. Government of Canada. Workplace Safety. Available from: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/health-safety/workplace-safety.html