Waypoint's Carol Lambie granted seat at provincial Leadership Table on Workplace Violence Prevention
Waypoint's Carol Lambie granted seat at provincial Leadership Table on Workplace Violence Prevention
Posted on 09/28/2015
The province recently announced a Workplace Violence Prevention in Health Care Leadership Table to better protect health care professionals on the job and Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care has been invited to join in the discussion.

Waypoint President and CEO Carol Lambie is one of just two hospital representatives participating along with representatives from the Ministry of Labour, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, the Ontario Hospital Association, the Ontario Nurses’ Association and the Ontario Public Service Employee Union, among others.

“Like all health care professionals, our employees are challenged every day with workplace hazards such as infectious diseases, ergonomic hazards, slips, trips and falls as well as violence,” said Lambie. “I’m pleased to be part of this Leadership Table as we work together to make things safer for staff and patients in our hospitals, which in turn can only support better outcomes for our patients.”

The Leadership Table will bring together key stakeholders and experts to provide advice on how to reduce and prevent workplace violence for health care professionals.

“The transition to our new Atrium building hasn’t been without its challenges for our staff, in addition to the other risks in the workplace identified in health care generally,” said Betty Valentine, Waypoint Board Chair. "Waypoint is committed to mitigating these risks and Carol’s participation at this Leadership Table validates our commitment to patient and staff safety everywhere in the hospital.”

The Ministry of Labour news release announcing the Leadership Table states the advice received from the members will help the province develop an implementation plan to:
•              Make hospitals safer
•              Reduce incidents of workplace violence in hospitals and the broader health care sector
•              Change attitudes toward workplace violence and improve workplace safety culture regarding violence.