The CSS Health & Safety Handbook

Following three years of work, The Federation and our partners at the Community Social Services Employers’ Association of BC (CSSEA), WorkSafeBC, and the Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA), are pleased to jointly launch the Community Social Services Health & Safety Handbook.

The Handbook is a first-of-its-kind resource in Canada for the social services sector and provides strategies for employers to prevent workplace injury, respond in the event of an occupational injury, and reintegrate employees back to the workplace following an injury.

You can find a link to a PDF copy of the CSS Health & Safety Handbook online here (in addition, you can find a two-year report on the project, background info, and presentations).

I would like to thank all of The Federation members who took part in the various stages of this project. When our staff feel safe and healthy at work, all of our jobs get a little bit easier.

Learn more

Several initiatives will be rolled out in the coming weeks in order to familiarize organizations with the content, features, and uses of the Handbook.

A webinar is scheduled for May 10 from 10:30 to 11:30 am and is open to all who register online. The webinar will be followed by in-person sessions around the province, where attendees can bring questions and receive a hard copy of the Handbook. Dates, times and locations for those sessions will be announced as soon as they are confirmed.


The Handbook was made possible by the joint commitment of CSSEA, The Federation, CSSBA and WorkSafeBC, under the leadership of Project Manager Satvinder Basran. These project partners will continue to work on efforts to address injury prevention, disability management, and resource development for the sector, over the coming year.

If you have any questions about the Community Social Services Health & Safety Handbook, please contact Satvinder Basran at 604.601.3127, toll-free at 1.800.377.3340 ext. 127 or via email:

Rick FitzZaland
Federation Executive Director