Personal Health & Safety

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Personal health and safety includes:

  • Risk of violence or harm from patients or staff;
  • access to secure lockers and facilities including call rooms;
  • safe travel  between call facilities and service location, and to transportation between workplace and home
  • working in isolated or remote situations and
  • safeguarding of personal information.

Before you start your rotation:

  • Have you been oriented to or apprised of the relevant health and safety policies and procedures?
  • Do you know how to assess your safety risks?

During your rotation:

Make use of all necessary safeguards and precautions including backup from supervisors if safety risks are present,  safeguarding your personal information from patients families and staff

  • you cannot be expected  to see a patient in hospital, clinic or at home, without the presence of a supervisor or security personnel if you assess a significant risk to your personal  safety
  • use call blocking features if you MUST use a personal mobile phone
  • consider not driving a motor vehicle when fatigued

If you feel your personal safety or security is threatened, remove yourself from the situation in a professional manner and seek urgent assistance from your immediate supervisor or from the institution’s security services. Promptly report any health and safety concerns to your supervising staff.

  • You cannot be negatively impacted for refusing to engage in clinical or educational experiences if you truly feel at risk in doing so though at times, a residual risk will remain after all known precautions are taken and your professional responsibility to patients may require engaging in care despite these risks.

Follow-up for safety risks:

  • Any breach of safety will  require that you  comply with institutional policy which may involve an incident report form, and that you report to your program office
  • If you feel your safety concerns were not resolved in an acceptable manner, there are a number of options you can pursue. These are outlined in the PGME Health and Safety Guidelines



  • PGME Health and Safety Guidelines
  • The safety policy of your specific training program. This is an accreditation standard and all programs have one or make reference to one.
  • The Occupational Health and Safety policies and procedures of the site where you are training
  • How to contact your training site’s Occupational Health Office
  • The PARO contract
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