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Occupational Health and Safety Act charges dropped against OSMH

8/18/2009 12:00:00 AM

(Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - Orillia, ON) – Charges brought against Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) earlier this year under the Occupational Health and Safety Act have since been dropped by the Ministry of Labour (MOL).      

 

The charges followed an MOL inspection in April 2008 that resulted in the discovery of two unsecured oxygen cylinders and one sharp (needle and syringe) that was disposed of improperly.

 

The decision not to proceed with the charges was made August 12.  

 

“While we are thankful that the charges have been dropped, our commitment to ensuring a safe environment for everyone who comes through our doors is unwavering,” said Catherine Gardner, Manager of Occupational Health and Safety for OSMH. 

 

The hospital has stepped up its commitment to safety through enhanced and ongoing education of staff, increased visual reminders throughout the facility and working toward instilling a culture of safety throughout the organization.

 

Two of the hospital’s five strategic priorities involve becoming a hospital known for patient safety and achieving a healthy workplace, and there is continual emphasis on their importance in ensuring we provide the highest quality of care, as well as a healthy and safe environment for our patients and our healthcare teams.

 

“I would like to thank all staff for recognizing the seriousness of the situation,” added Gardner. “Everyone at OSMH works diligently each and every day to be vigilant about safety in the workplace. We encourage staff to always be on the lookout for potential safety hazards and to report them immediately to the appropriate people.”

 

Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) is a 230-bed hospital located in Orillia, Ontario (just 114 kilometres north of Toronto) that serves more than 440,000 residents in North Simcoe Muskoka. OSMH provides a comprehensive range of programs and services, including medical, surgical and emergency care, dialysis, obstetrical and paediatric care, oncology, complex continuing care, mental health and rehabilitation services. While it remains Orillia’s community hospital, OSMH has a new role as a regional healthcare centre. For more information please visit our website at www.osmh.on.ca.

 

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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

 

Terry Dyni, Director, Community Relations
T: (705) 327-9179

E: tadyni@osmh.on.ca      

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