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The 2012-2014 provincial collective agreements covering the Nurses Bargaining Association, the Facilities Bargaining Association and the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association include improvements to safe workplace language and a commitment that employers will take all reasonable steps to eliminate, reduce and/or minimize threats to the safety of employees.

As part of this commitment, employers agreed to provide employees access to the provincial violence prevention curriculum created by the Provincial Violence Prevention Steering Committee. The curriculum was developed to fill a need for effective, recommended and provincially-recognized violence prevention training for all BC health care workers across a range of care settings and was done so with the support and commitment of the following parties:

  • BC Nurses’ Union
  • Fraser Health
  • Health Sciences Association of BC
  • Hospital Employees’ Union
  • Interior Health
  • Northern Health
  • Occupational Health and Safety Agency for Healthcare (OHSAH) in BC (now defunct)
  • Providence Health Care
  • Provincial Health Services Authority
  • Union of Psychiatric Nurses of BC
  • Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Vancouver Island Health Authority
  • WorkSafeBC

The curriculum provides employees with education and tools to prevent, defuse and/or deal with potentially violent situations to reduce the risk of injury and also to ensure that employees feel safe in their workplaces.

There are eight e-learning modules in the curriculum: modules 1-7 are recommended for health care staff and module 8 is recommended for staff involved with violence behavioural care planning. It is also recommended that this curriculum is supplemented with site-specific information to ensure workers can apply the violence prevention strategies into practice at their workplace.