The Safe & Healthy Workplace Community is a dedicated space to collaborate on practices that create safe, healthy, and considerate workplaces. This Community is a space to share resources & connect with others interested in improvements within this realm. (Note that since this is a public space, posting confidential information is not recommended). Browse our resources to see case studies, tools, and articles that might help generate some ideas for implementation within your organization. Share your thoughts and expertise, and ask questions to join the conversation – you can also upload additional resources here.

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What is Colleaga?

Colleaga is a voluntary non-profit organization whose members share the common belief that when we join together, we are stronger and wiser and can achieve significantly greater impact.Reaching a...

Communicating the Risk of Violence: A Flagging Program Handbook for Maximizing Preventative Care

Flagging is defined as a standardized method of communicating safety-related concerns to workers....

Security Toolkit Resource Manual

Security is an important part of any workplace violence prevention strategy. Within healthcare, security involves preventing and/or protecting individuals and property....

5 Healthy Ways for Medical Students to Reduce Stress

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Long-Term Care Workplace Violence Risk Assessment Tool

Key Questions: How can Long-Term Care Workplace Violence Risk be assessed?...

Knowledge Translation Planning Tools for Addiction and Mental Health Researchers

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) defines knowledge translation (KT) as “a dynamic and iterative process that includes synthesis, dissemination, exchange and ethically-sound...

Professional Staff Credentialing Toolkit

Key Questions: What are privileges? What are the consequences faced by hospitals when credentialing requirements are not carried out properly?...

Communication and Optimal Resolution (CANDOR) Toolkit

Key Questions: How can CANDOR assist my organization in patient safety-related initiatives?...

How Can Harm from High Risk Medications be Prevented?

 Prevent HarmDevelop order sets, preprinted order forms, and clinical pathways or protocols to establish a standardized approach to treating patients with similar problems, disease states, or nee...

Crowdsourcing Ideas to Accelerate Innovation at Markham Stouffville Hospital

Innovation is a priority for Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH) to help improve patient experience and the care provided by staff and physicians....

Workplace Violence in Healthcare

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10 Mindfulness Exercises for the Health Care Workplace

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Sensory Modulation in Acute Mental Health Wards: A Qualitative Study of Staff and Service User Perspectives

The following report outlines the qualitative findings from a pilot study exploring the use of sensory modulation in New Zealand acute mental health services....

Markham Stouffville Hospital's Wellness @ Work Pilot Fosters a Healthier Workplace

Markham Stouffville Hospitals’ Childbirth and Children's Services department wanted to reduce the increased rate of absenteeism and workplace injuries among staff....

The Business Benefits of Employee Wellness Programs

Comprehensive and well-executed corporate wellness programs can achieve employee satisfaction, lower costs and increase profit....

Worksite Wellness Resource: Creating a Healthier Worksite

The purpose of the Vermont Worksite Wellness Resource — Creating a Healthier Worksite is to guide you through the steps to design and sustain a wellness program that fits the scale and culture o...

HERO Health and Well-being Best Practices Scorecard

The HERO Scorecard is a free online tool designed to help organizations learn about best practices for promoting workplace health and well-being, and to discover opportunities to improve and measure p...

Norbury House PICU Reduces Conflict and Containment Using SafeWards

SafeWards is a thoroughly studied and refined model of care targeted at nursing staff of acute psychiatric wards aiming to reduce violent conflicts and containments in the hospital environment....

Improving Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace: Critical Analysis and Pragmatic Options

Based on a review of the empirical and ‘grey’ literature on select international approaches, this tool provides a critical analysis of currently available models for guiding efforts to imp...

Not Myself Today®

A mentally healthy workforce is good for business – it can enhance performance and lower costs associated with disability, absenteeism and presenteeism....

Antidepressant Skills at Work & Workbook

Antidepressant Skills at Work: Dealing with Mood Problems in the Workplace is a self-care manual authored by scientist-practitioners with expertise in issues relating to workplace mental health and ad...

Guarding Minds @ Work Initial Scan & Survey

Guarding Minds @ Work (GM@W) is a unique, evidence-based, comprehensive set of resources designed to effectively assess and address psychological health and safety in the workplace....

Roundtable Discussion — Advancing Workplace Mental Health in Healthcare Settings

The first roundtable meeting was held November 2014 at the HealthAchieve conference in Ontario, Canada which brought together a wide range of health leaders....

Implementing the National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace

In Canada, $51 billion economic cost per year is attributed to mental illness, $20 billion of which is due to workplace losses....

Harm Critical Appraisal Worksheet

Developed by the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine (CEBM), this Harm Critical Appraisal Worksheet is used to assess the results of the diagnostic studies with respect to the patient....

Home and Community Care Risk Assessment Tool

The Home and Community Care (HCC) sector is fundamental to healthcare in British Columbia (BC)....

Cultivating Communities of Practice: A Guide to Managing Knowledge - Seven Principles for Cultivating Communities of Practice

In the book, Cultivating Communities of Practice: A Guide to Managing Knowledge, the authors offer a practical guide to making knowledge work inside an organization....

Community of Practice Design Guide

Inter-organizational collaboration has become increasingly important for organizations, workgroups, and individuals alike....

Healthcare Facility Workplace Violence Risk Assessment Tool

Violence in the workplace continues to be an area that risk managers need to be proactively preparing their institutions to prevent....

University of Maryland Medical Center's Approaches to Interrupting the Cycle of Violence

The Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center treats over 8,000 trauma patients per year....

CoreChange Interrupts the Cycle of Violence Affecting Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

The city of Cincinnati has experienced an increase in violence in recent years. The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital believes that violence is a symptom of a variety of social links to health....

Community Care Violence Assessment - Pre-Visit Assessment Tool

1-page assessment tool provides practical questions for assessing the potential for violent or aggressive behavior in a client, visitor, or family member prior to conducting a home visit.

Business Case for Workplace Health

Unhealthy workplaces in part, contribute to rising disease rates that are largely preventable....

1-2-4-All

This tool is to aid in the facilitation of discussions to create an environment that ensures all individuals are engaged and providing well-thought-out input.

Emerging Idea: Violence Prevention Program in Manitoba Hospitals

A recent survey by the Manitoba Nurses Union, found that 30 percent of nurses had been assaulted and 50 percent had been intimidated by patients while on the job....

Healthy Workplace Initiatives at Vancouver International Airport

The Vancouver International Airport implemented a wellness program based on research highlighting the need for a responsive program designed to prevent or minimize the risk of many health concerns (in...

An Evaluation of Employee Involvement Initiatives in Canada

This paper examines employee involvement initiatives in order to determine what firm-level factors have contributed to the slow development of such programs in Canada....

Icebreakers, Team Building Activities, and Energizers

By creating a warm, friendly, and personal learning environment, people will participate more and learn more....

Preventing Violence in Health Care: Five Steps to an Effective Program

The purpose of this handbook is to help healthcare organizations such as hospitals, long term care facilities, group homes, public health units, dental or medical facilities, and community settings to...

MyHealth Improves Risk & Reduces Costs at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) is the largest non-governmental employer in Pennsylvania, with more than 60,000 employees....

Community of Practice Questions & Answers Sheet

A community of practice for groups of professionals, held together by a shared interest to effectively communicate with one another....

Community Care Violence Assessment - Pre-Travel Assessment Tool

This 2-page assessment tool provides practical questions to help home healthcare workers identify and mange risks related to aspects of the home environment and travel route....

Planning for Communities of Practice: A Guide for Model Systems Grantees

This guide is intended to support model systems (MS) grantees in their efforts to engage stakeholders through communities of practice but may have broader application for other organizations....

15% Solutions

This discussion technique allows employees to realize their full potential and capabilities....

Indicator for Violent Behavior

This tool with the acronym STAMP was designed to identify five distinctive elements of observable behavior that indicate the potential for violence in patients and those who accompany them.

Markham Stouffville Hospital Accepts the Challenge!

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Staying Safe on the Job: De-Escalating Challenging Situations

Learning Objectives:Identify risk factors for challenging situationsRecognize the early warning signsDiscuss principles of de-escalationDiscuss strategies to de-escalate challenging situations

Working With Patients and Families as Advisors

The Guide to Patient and Family Engagement in Hospital Quality and Safety is a resource to help hospitals develop effective partnerships with patients and family members with the ultimate goal of impr...

Worksite Health 101 Training Manual

Faced with high health care costs, many employers are turning to workplace health programs to help employees adopt healthier lifestyles and lower their risk of developing costly chronic diseases while...

Teamwork and Communication in Healthcare

Incoherence among health professional teams has been identified as a key contributing factor in the occurrence of patient safety incidents....

Better Health Better Business Roadmap

The purpose of the Better Health Better Business Roadmap is to support employers and employees who are interested in making their workplaces a healthier place to work....

The SHARE Approach: 5 Essential Steps of Shared Decision Making

AHRQ’s SHARE Approach is a five-step process for shared decisionmaking that includes exploring and comparing the benefits, harms, and risks of each option through meaningful dialogue about what ...

Alcohol Cost Calculator

The Alcohol Cost Calculator is an online tool that can help you estimate the prevalence and associated cost of alcohol problems in your population and the savings associated with intervention....

Not Myself Today Workplace Mental Health Tool Kit

Canadians are spending more waking hours at work than anywhere else, the workplace plays a significant role in our quality of life and greatly influences overall health and wellness. This tool wi...

Community Care Violence Assessment Tool

This assessment tool can be used by clinical healthcare workers to assess the client's risk of violence in the Community Care setting.Associated links: Community Care Online Interactive Assessmen...

Personal Safety Response Systems Resource Manual

This toolkit is designed to help health and community organizations establish an effective personal safety response systems (PSRS)....

The Effects of Hiking on Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and depression are highly prevalent mental health disorders around the world. An effective treatment option that is highly accessible is hiking.

Acute Care Workplace Violence Risk Assessment Tool

This Workplace Violence Risk Assessment Tool has been developed to assist Ontario hospitals to meet the requirements of the Health Care and Residential Facilities Regulation to develop, establish and ...

User Experience Fishbowl

The fishbowl design makes it easy for people in the inside circle to illuminate what they have done by sharing experiences while in conversation with each other....

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at Hines & Associates

Mindful-based stress reduction was initiated to reduce employees' levels of stress and burnout....

CANDOR Promotes Safety Reporting, Employee Support at Christiana Care Health System

Christiana Care Health System, a Delaware teaching health system with hospitals in Newark and Wilmington, has seen an increase patient safety since introducing the Communication and Optimal Resol...

Sharing Best Practices Through Online Communities of Practice: Global Alliance for Pre-Service Education (GAPS)

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How to Make a Sensory Room for People Living with Dementia

Key Questions: How can the needs of people living with dementia be accommodated to support their health and sense of wellbeing?...

The Importance of Patient Engagement

 IntroductionAccountability for outcomes in healthcare is a shared responsibility between government, policy makers, providers, suppliers and patients....

How Do I Engage With My Community?

 What is a Community of Practice? Way to go! You are part of a community of interested people with whom you can collaborate and share ideas and resources....

Inspiring Improvement: Hospital Successes in Strengthening Hospital-Physician Relationships

This publication is a collection of success stories from Ontario hospitals that reflect how various organizations have implemented initiatives to improve hospital-physician relationships....

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The Six Dimensions of Wellness Model

Key Questions: What are the Six Dimensions of Wellness?...


The Six Dimensions of Wellness Model

Key Questions: What are the Six Dimensions of Wellness?...

M.O.V.E. (Mind Over Violence Everywhere) Workshop Model

Youth violence is a loosely defined issue that includes physical blows/wounds, neglect, sexual assault, verbal or psychological abuses, and more....

Workplace Wellness Toolkit

In order to assist workplaces on their path to promoting wellness the Workplace Wellness Toolkit has been created and includes resources adapted from best practice guidelines, The Health Communication...

Workplace Health, Safety and Well-being of the Nurse

This is relevant to all domains of nursing and addresses the many factors that contribute to nurses’ health, safety and well-being....

Healthy Living Program at American Express Canada Creates a Culture of Wellness & ROI

Recognizing that employees spend a good deal of their day at work, American Express Canada aimed to make health and wellness part of the employee culture, both at work and outside of the organization....

Safewards: a new model of conflict and containment on psychiatric wards

Rates of violence, self-harm, absconding and other incidents threatening patients and staff safety vary a great deal by hospital ward. Some wards have high rates, other low....

Core Communication Skills in Mental Health Nursing

Communication in mental health nursing is an essential component of all therapeutic interventions....

A Mentally Healthy Workforce – It’s Good for Business

A mentally healthy workforce is linked to lower medical costs, as well as less absenteeism and presenteeism....

Psychological Health & Safety: An Action Guide for Employers

To foster a pragmatic integrated approach to workplace mental health in Canada, the Workforce Advisory Committee (WAC) of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) collaborated with the Centre for...

Healthy Break Activities

Most people are given some break time in their regular workday to help them unwind and refocus. What you do during that break time could have an impact on your workplace mental health....

Employers' Guide to a Mentally Healthy Workplace

Organizations are under constant pressure to reduce costs now more than ever. This tool suggests ways to help increase productivity, improve staff performance while saving thousands of dollars....

Sample Workplace Violence Prevention Policy

Key Questions: What is a Workplace Violence Prevention Policy?...

Conflict Resolution Games

This tool provides quick and effective activities to improve collaboration, trust and communication in the workplace, thereby reducing conflict.

MacLeod and Clarke’s Concept of Employee Engagement: An Analysis based on the Workplace Employment Relations Study

It is important to note that there are a wide variety of approaches to engagement and indeed definitions of the term. Some see engagement as a state of mind among employees....

Workplace Violence in the Public Health Sector In Australia

Occupational violence is an increasing concern in developed countries, and this concern extends to workers in the healthcare sector....

Workplace Violence in the Public Health Sector In Thailand

Workplace violence in Thailand has received little attention from the public. Many workplace issues need to be addressed....

“What I Need From You” (WINFY)

This facilitation technique allows people who work in different departments and disciplines to quickly improve how they ask each other for what they need to be successful.

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Violence Prevention Initiative

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) suffered from pervasive acts of violence within its local community....

Reducing Violence and Aggression In Accident and Emergency Departments

The Accident and Emergency Departments (A&E) are known as the prime location for NHS staff to experience violence and aggression....

Civility, Respect, and Engagement in the Workplace (CREW)

Bullying behaviours can originate from anyone at work (e.g., coworkers, supervisors, or subordinates); however, these behaviours have clear significant and adverse consequences not only for employees ...

Business Health Support Toolkit

Developed by a joint venture of Alberta Health Services and the Canadian Cancer Society, this toolkit provides resources and general support in developing a comprehensive workplace health program cove...

Workplace Violence in the Public Health Sector In South Africa

Workplace violence is a growing concern worldwide....

Crisis Prevention Institute's Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Program: Coney Island Hospital

In Coney Island Hospital (CIH), the stress factor and potential for violence levels were high, placing added importance on having staff that are trained to properly anticipate potentially volatile sit...

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin's Approaches to Interrupting the Cycle of Violence

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s (CHOW) concern for violence prevention dates back to the 1980s when child abuse cases started presenting in the emergency department- with hundreds of ca...

Preventing Violent and Aggressive Behaviour in Healthcare

With violence in the health sector constituting 25% of all workplace violence, there has been a concerted effort to prevent violence in the workplace since the late 1980's....

The Business Case for a Healthy Workplace

Any employer that desires to create a healthy work environment will want a solid business case to support his or her decision to start the company in this direction....

Making Health Communication Programs Work

General instructions on conducting media health campaigns for many audiences.

Workplace Violence Risk Assessment Form

This online form contains personal information under the authority of Section 33 (c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act of Alberta....

A Guide to Resolving Workplace Conflicts

Effective and efficient ways of resolving workplace conflicts are key to any organization's progress....

Individual Client Risk Assessment Toolkit

The Individual Client Risk Assesment tool is meant to be a practical, flexible tool that properly identifies the levels of risk by covering a broad range of variables associated with violent behaviour...

Sample Graduated Return-to-Work Workplan Agreement

This sample workplan agreement is meant to provide a basis for conversation between an employee and an employer when there is a mutual goal of keeping the employee in the workplace as a productive, co...

Heard, Seen, Respected (HSR)

This facilitation technique allows individuals to “walk in the shoes” of others and learn to respond in ways that do not over-promise or over-control....

Peer Assist

The Peer Assist is a tool which supports a ‘learning before doing’ processes in which advice is sought from someone else, or a group that has/have done something similar....

Six Ways to Improve Staff Safety for Healthcare

The aim of this whitepaper is to examine the most common threats to staff safety based on current trends in healthcare....

Conflict Management for Hospital Systems

It has been found time and time again that communication is the cause of the majority of healthcare errors....

Gap Analysis: Patient and Family Engagement

Effective patient and family engagement is dependent on structures and processes....

Worksite Health ScoreCard

The CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard (HSC) is a tool designed to help employers assess the extent to which they have implemented evidence-based health promotion interventions in their worksites....

Creating a Healthier Organization Toolkit

With over 17 million Canadians spending more than half of their waking hours at work, many companies are beginning to examine the health of their workplace....

Workplace Health Improvement (WHIP) Pilot Project

Studies suggest that nearly 70% of the Alberta population between ages 15 and 64 spend a majority of their waking hours at work, with the potential for the workplace to therefore become a key public h...

Developing and Sustaining Interprofessional Health Care: Optimizing patients/clients, organizational, and system outcomes

This healthy work environment best practice guideline (BPG) is an evidence-based document that focuses on developing and sustaining interprofessional health care....