Occupational Health & Safety

Immunizations

Residents are required to report their immunization status prior to the beginning of training via the Provincial Workplace Health Call Centre (WHCC) online self-reporting tool.

The schedule as agreed upon with the Provincial WHCC for residents for the online self-reporting of their Baseline Health Immunizations will be based on location and surname as follows:

  1. Living in BC prior to April 2020, Surname begins with A to L: June 3 to June 9
  2. Living in BC prior to April 2020, Surname begins with M to Z: June 10 to June 16
  3. Moved to BC after April 2020, Surname begins with A to L: June 17 to June 23
  4. Moved to BC after April 2020, Surname begins with M to Z: June 24 to June 30

 

WHCC Self-Reporting Tool

Residents are not required to have all immunizations before self-reporting. The Occupational Health Nurse from the Call Centre will provide residents with a list of recommended immunizations and where to follow up for them after self-reporting Baseline Health Immunizations on the dates listed above.

** Due to COVID-19, immunization clinics are currently suspended until further notice.**

VCH immunization clinics will be working on a plan to reopen immunization clinics on an appointment basis only. Prioritization will be given to post exposure follow-up at this time.

 

Vaccine Documentation Required for WHCC

Hepatitis B

Series of 3 vaccines and documentation of antibody level >10 IU/L. Residents working in Northern BC,
Vancouver Island Health Authority, or Interior Health who are unsure of their Hepatitis B antibody level-should get serology testing done before starting. Residents working in any of the Vancouver area hospitals can come to a drop-in vaccination clinic at the hospitals to get vaccines or a lab REQ for serology testing.

Measles/Mumps/Rubella

2 documented doses measles/mumps vaccine required for all Residents born after 1956. History of disease no longer considered reliable. Reactive serology from measles accepted but not for mumps.

Chicken Pox/Varicella

History of chicken pox disease occurring before 2004, reactive serology, or documentation of two vaccines accepted.

Polio

Adult dose of polio vaccine recommended for Health Care Workers.

Tetanus/Diphtheria

Booster needed every 10 yrs. One adult dose of Pertussis recommended also (Tdap).

TB skin testing

TB skin testing is a baseline required for all new VCH employees. Report of a TB Skin Test (TBST) within 6 months of hire is acceptable. As per BCCDC guidelines for health care workers, report of a TB Skin Test (TBST) within British Columbia at any time prior to your hire date is acceptable and a new hire TB skin test is not required.

TB screening for work and school purposes is an important public health measure. As per the provincial TB guidelines, baseline TB screening is routinely recommended for all workers in a healthcare institution upon first hire. Additionally, TB screening is also recommended for students at the start of their employment/program or at the discretion of the employer and/or institution.

As a result of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, regional capacity to engage in routine work and school TB screening has been impacted. Consequently, all components related to TB screening have been temporarily deferred at this time.

Provincial TB Services, along with Vancouver Coastal Health are in agreement the ability to hire workers, or accept students, should not be hindered by these temporary changes to routine TB screening for work and school purposes.

N95 Mask Fit Testing

Please ensure you are fit tested for a make and model that is located at the site you will be working. All major facilities provide mask fit testing. Please inquire when you arrive.

Blood and Body Fluid Exposures

If you have an exposure to blood or a body fluid (BBFE) please notify the manager/supervisor of the unit where you are working so that the correct process can be implemented at that site – including being seen in the closest Emergency Department (ED) within two hours of the BBFE. You will need to contact the WHCC after being seen in ED to report the BBFE incident and to talk to the WHCC OHNs so that follow up serology can be provided and so that you will not be billed for the ED visit.

Exposure to a Communicable Disease or Incident

You will need to contact the WHCC (1-866-922-9464) if you have been exposed to any communicable disease or have had an incident at work.

WorkSafe BC Regulations

All employees are responsible for ensuring that they have an orientation to Safety and Prevention protocols at their work site including: fire, first aid, violence prevention, infection control, and respect in the workplace.

Occupational Health & Safety Orientation