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Slurping up safety


Staff at Richmond Hospital enjoy a refreshing treat while talking about workplace safety.

On a hot summer day, there's nothing quite like a refreshing, cold beverage! On July 16, in celebration of their newly-named department, Employee Safety treated staff at Richmond Hospital and Minoru Residence to a slurpee day!

“We wanted a different way to offer staff a treat and show them that VCH is one of the best places to work," says Gordon Yee, Occupational Health and Safety Advisor, who says the idea of giving our slurpees actually came directly from staff in a Menti poll he saw. “With our name change, we thought this would be a great way to introduce ourselves to staff and get them excited about workplace safety."

How do you work safe?

While staff enjoyed their cool treat and took photos with Mr. Slurpee himself, they were asked to answer one of five questions related to workplace safety. Would they consider warm-up stretching before shift to prevent injuries and does their department have safety huddles or safety talks, were some of the questions asked.

“The answers, will be tabulated and help Employee Safety to address and identify gaps in our health and safety management system," says Gordon.

Small gestures go a long way

Thanks to teamwork and communication between staff from various departments, over 800 slurpees were served and many more smiles. Staff were appreciative of this small gesture, sharing comments after the event such as:

  • “Wow, have been working for 30 years and never had a treat like this"

  • “My boyfriend tells me his stories of company BBQs, and now I get to go home and tell him about our Slurpee treat"

  • “I have to take a picture and show my kids, they will never believe it otherwise"

  • “Great idea, very refreshing.  Thank you, thank you, thank you"

Shout outs to Adelina Wong, Shilan Keshvadi, and Susheem Pahwa, for helping with tabulating the safety questions, Jill Liu for promoting the event at both locations, Tom So and his team for reserving the location to park the truck, and to many other staff who pitched in on short notice to make this a success. 

Learn more

To learn more about the Employee Safety team and for workplace safety resources, visit their page on the intranet.

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