OHSAHOccupational Health and Safety Agency for Healthcare (British Columbia, Canada)
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In the November/December 2008 issue of the CJPH, Gilligan and Alamgir (1) provided an overview of the Workplace Health Information Tracking and Evaluation ([WHITE.sup.[TM]]) database, produced through a partnership between the Occupational Health and Safety Agency for Healthcare (OHSAH), BC healthcare and BC healthcare unions on one hand, and a university-based research program funded through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Community Alliances for Health Research (CAHR), Making Healthcare a Healthier Place to Work: A Partnership of Partnerships, on the other.
The authors (1) noted the limited attention that has thus far been devoted in [WHITE.sup.[TM]] to collecting information about workplace conditions needed to guide actions by joint health and safety committees, an important feature of the original ethos of OHSAH. (8) The concept for a comprehensive database on occupational health for healthcare, as previously developed by CAHR team members in Winnipeg, as well as our experience in the early days of the CAHR in BC to monitor and evaluate overhead lifts (9) and the Prevention and Early Active Return-to-Work Safety program (10,11) made it clear that prevention requires more than tracking injuries-it requires information to guide actions to improve workplace conditions.
Annalee Yassi (who was the Founding Executive Director of OHSAH, but is no longer with the organization) and the other co-authors of this letter to the editor, for reinforcing the importance of active surveillance systems and research-stakeholder collaboration in advancing occupational health.