Personal Health & Safety
Back to Urgent Advice for PGME Trainees
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