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Gemstone is a Safety Den champion

The Kamloops care home prevailed in a Dragons' Den-style competition focusing on safety in the workplace
Kamloops’ Brocklehurst Gemstone Care Centre celebrated its fifth anniversary in June 2018.

Kamloops’ Brocklehurst Gemstone Care Centre has won the grand prize in the Safety Den Competition, taking home $1,000.

Gemstone was one of six finalists chosen to make presentations in Whistler this week.

The fourth annual Safety Den is a Dragons’ Den-style competition, in which contestants pitch their innovative ideas to reduce workplace injuries and improve the lives of those in care. The four Safety Dragons listened to each presentation and posed questions to the finalists.

To encourage staff engagement in health and safety, Gemstone developed a Safety Star Program to create safety leaders, who have are involved in making decisions about health and safety within the organization. A creatively designed package was created, including a special lanyard identifying staff who are Safety Stars. 

Since initiating the program a few months ago, more staff have been signing on to become Safety Stars, building a culture of health and safety. 

The Safety Star program was developed by Shelly Cantelo, clinical practice and safety manager at Gemstone.

“I am grateful to our Gemstone Safety Stars, who have been leading the pursuit towards a workplace that is free of injury or harm,” Cantelo said.

Jen Lyle, CEO for SafeCare BC, the health and safety association for the 28,000 continuing care workers throughout the province, noted the continuing care sector has some of the highest workplace injury rates compared to all occupations in the province.

“This has a huge impact, not only on the quality and consistency of care, but also on the staffing shortages affecting the sector,” Lyle said. “The Safety Den allows us to celebrate and recognize the innovative ideas and solutions that organizations are implementing to reduce workplace injuries.”