Emergency Management & Business Continuity programs.
At Paladin, emergency management and business continuity are a sustainable core value of our corporate culture. We take an all-hazards approach to our emergency management functions, built around the four fundamental EM tenets of Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery.
Paladin Security Corporate OH&S Manager, Terry Sanghera explained; "Formal fit testing is required by regulation to evaluate each Security Officer’s fit with the N95 respirator. A successful fit test must be achieved before a security professional can use a respirator and must be re-tested annually. The training program includes an OH&S Regulation requirement review, N95 Respirator and Fit Testing presentation, and N95 Respirator donning and doffing."
Director of Emergency Management & Business Continuity, Cindy Svenkeson, CHPA, CPP, CRM, added; “The first step for our front-line staff is to be ready and to be watchful prior to any infectious disease outbreak, especially for those working in an acute healthcare setting. Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), fit testing for N95 respirator and training is important, and is a great start for our employees' wellness and safety, followed by a readiness to access additional PPE in each healthcare setting, which may include full face shield, double gloves with extended cuffs and a fluid-resistant gown.”
What is Paladin doing to respond to the unlikely possibility of Ebola in Canada?
We understand that our security personnel, clinical staff and the public are concerned about the risk of Ebola. We take any infectious disease situation very seriously. We want to keep our staff and the people that we serve safe, and we have a responsibility to provide timely and accurate information to our staff and clients.
There have been no confirmed cases of Ebola in Canada to date, and the patients who have presented in recent weeks were quickly ruled out following careful screening protocols. As such, the risk of Ebola to Canadians is extremely low and, even if a true case arrives in Canada, healthcare professionals are confident that the case would be quickly isolated and managed.
We are watching and learning from what is happening around the world, working with our clients in the health sector, refining our protocols and procedures in the unlikely event an Ebola case arrives in Canada. We are also monitoring Public Health Agency of Canada’s guidelines, and other means of information and news alerts.
Across Canada, some hospitals have been designated as primary sites to manage Ebola cases in the highly unlikely event any emerge in this country. "Paladin provides services to some of the hospitals in each province that represent designated sites to manage confirmed cases of Ebola," Cindy continued, "due to their state-of-the-art infection control measures, and laboratory and microbiology capabilities. All hospitals are working to meet the expected guidelines provided by PHAC's state of readiness to assess, screen and test a suspected Ebola patient.
Refer to the Fraser Health website for further information & FAQson Ebola.
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