Disease

The WorkSafeBC Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 296/97 requires an employer to develop and implement an exposure control plan, if it may be reasonably anticipated that a worker may have occupational exposure to a bloodborne pathogen1 or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM)2. Blood Borne Pathogens Motion Picture Bulletin PDF

A Guide to Proper Handwashing Techniques REMOVE rings, bracelets, and watch. WET hands and wrists in warm running water. APPLY liquid soap or clean bar soap. LATHER well. RUB hands vigorously for at least 10-15 seconds SCRUB fingertips, in between fingers, the back of hands and wrists. RINSE hands and wrists under running water. DRY […]

This WorkSafeBC booklet is intended for employers and workers who may come into contact with rodents, or rodent droppings, while on the job. It contains guidelines for employers on preventing hantavirus infections and putting in place an exposure control program (ECP) to minimize potential worker exposure to rodents, or rodent droppings, contaminated with hantavirus. It […]

Performing Artists are often involved in scenes requiring physical contact, including kissing, and as such, require health and safety considerations to prevent the potential spread of communicable diseases. For example, what are the responsibilities of artists with HIV or Hepatitis B & C in such situations? And what are employers responsible for? These are complicated […]

This WorkSafeBC booklet describes common infectious diseases, how they are spread, and explains how workers can prevent disease transmission and protect themselves. To read the full document on WorkSafeBC’s website, and to print, click here.

The information in this WorkSafeBC booklet applies to a wide range of jobs with exposure to rubber products. This booklet explains the health problems that may be caused by using rubber products; the natural rubber latex protein allergy, which may cause severe health problems; and sources of information on “latex allergies.” To read the full […]

Sometimes workers know they have had exposure to a harmful substance at work. Yet they experience no immediate ill effects, as many occupational diseases are latent and only develop if there have been long periods of exposure. Often, symptoms may not present themselves for years. WorkSafeBC’s Registry allows you to record any workplace exposure you […]

This three page report from the BC Centre for Disease Control outlines what Cryptococcal Disease is and how it can be prevented. Questions and Answers About Cryptococcal Disease Report PDF

As of August 2009 there have been confirmed contracted infections recorded in the Southern Okanagan. The West Nile Virus is spread to humans and other mammals from mosquitoes that have fed on infected birds. While the risks of being infected and becoming seriously ill are low, anyone exposed to mosquitoes in an area that has […]



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