“It was funny and entertaining. Great to highlight safety initiatives from different sites.”

What are you waiting for? Be a part of the Safety Den. Do you have an idea or innovation that will help prevent workplace injury—and improve the health and safety of continuing care workers? Tell us your idea, and you can have a chance at winning $1,000! 

The fifth-annual Safety Den is taking place on May 25, at the BC Care Providers Association conference, in Whistler. The Safety Den has become one of the must-attend events of the year, and is the perfect mix of entertainment and education, highlighting safety innovations in the continuing care sector.

It’s easy to participate:

  • Submit your idea using our simple online form
  • Give us time to review all the submissions
  • If you’re one of the three finalists do a fist pump and high-five your colleagues
  • Prepare your five-minute pitch to the Safety Dragons (don’t worry, they don’t breathe fire)
  • Contact us if you need help with your pitch
  • Have lunch with us in Whistler
  • Convince the Dragons your idea is the best and win the $1,000 top prize
  • Do a fist pump again and high-five your colleagues
  • Spread the Word

We know there are lots of great ideas out there. Share this information with your co-workers and staff, and DOWNLOAD A POSTER for your workplace.

What you can win (apart from bragging rights)

In our Continuing Care category, you will have the chance to win one of three cash prizes, with the top prize being $1,000 that you can use to invest in your idea or enhance your organization’s health and safety program. And in our Commercial category, one organization will win the coveted Safety Innovation of the Year Award.

The Pitch

Three finalists from each category will be selected to compete at the Safety Den.

The finalists will pitch their safety innovations to our judges, or Safety Dragons, as we call them. Questions from our Dragons and audience will make for an entertaining and interactive experience.

Continuing Care Category

First prize: $1,000
Second prize: $750
Third Prize: $500

Commercial Category

Safety Innovation of the Year Award

2019 Safety Den Winners
Continuing Care Category
Gemstone Care Centre

Taking home the top prize of $1000, Gemstone created a culture of safety within the care home with the Safety Star Program. Safety Stars are members of staff who pledge to help create a safe work environment. Donning a yellow lanyard, Safety Stars participate in decision-making and are involved in workplace inspections and risk assessments. Safety Stars are empowered to act if they witness something unsafe with their peers, so they can coach without criticizing. Gemstone’s goal is for every employee to become a Safety Star

Commercial Category
Safety Innovation of the Year Award
Jaide Products 

New to North America, the Roturner is a sit-to-stand pivot transfer and safety aid. The Roturner addresses a key area of safe handling where there is currently a gap — pivot transfers for those who can weight-bear but have difficulty mobilizing beyond standing.


2018 Safety Den Winners

Continuing Care Category
Revera Living

Revera’s low-tech safety idea is the creation of a ‘luggage tag’ style ID for a resident’s walker or wheelchair. One side of the letter-size sheet has a visual cue for the resident—a picture from their youth or one of a loved one, or of a prominent memory, with a brief description on the bottom. The image serves as a visual distraction for the resident, during a time of stress. The tag is laminated, primarily for infection control purposes, and the reverse side has the resident’s name along with the word “Likes”. In the white space below, using a dry-erase pen, staff can provide tips on strategies that have worked for distraction and re-direction. Learn more

Commercial Category


Handicare’s EvaDrive allows residents and clients to be transferred with a gentle push of the fingertips. Effortlessly maneuver through obstacles in care facilities with ease. The EvaDrive is an intuitive motorized mobile lift that requires very little force to operate. The goal with this breakthrough lifting aid is to reduce the risk of injury caregivers face when manually handling patients during transfers. Learn more


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