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The Early Years Professional Development portal gives Child Care Resource and Referral programs an online platform to promote learning opportunities for Early Childhood Educators and Families throughout B.C.


Jun 29 2023


7:00 am - 9:00 pm





Reducing Risk of Educator Injury in Child Care

The most common workplace injury are musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs). They start off as aches and pains and can progressively get worse. They can limit our ability to work at our optimum and to perform all the activities that we like. This workshop will discuss how to set up the child care centre to reduce the risk of educator injuries while caring for children.

Specific to child care work, participants will learn about:

  1. how MSIs occur
  2. ideas for setting up the child care centre to reduce the risk of MSIs
  3. WorkSafeBC resources that are available to assist with educating worker

Gina Vahlas is a Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist (CCPE), a Certified Health and Safety Consultant (CHSC) and a Certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisor (CPHSA) working in the ergonomics/human factors field for over 25 years. She has shared her knowledge at conferences, including the International Ergonomics Association Conference, the National Ergonomics Conference (USA), the CSSE Professional Development Conference and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Symposium (USA). Currently, she is an Occupational Hygiene Officer at WorkSafeBC using ergonomics/human factors to help employers set up systems for success in health and safety. She is also Secretary for the College of Canadian Certification of Professional Ergonomists, and a part-time instructor for Ergonomics in the BCIT Occupational Health and Safety Certificate program.

 Suitable for all early learning professionals and parents.

 Pro D certificate: Yes, 2 hours.

Online Registration link:

  • Capacity: Spaces Available

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