Christopher J. Lipowski, CRSP

Healthcare Occupational Health and Safety Specialist

Diploma (Specialization, Psychology), B.A. (Psychology / Biology), University Certificate (Advanced Safety Management - 2012), Canadian Registered Safety Professional (C.R.S.P. - since 1993) {trained through full audt attendance - McGill University Occupational Health (MSc.A)}

"Committed to Promoting Healthcare Occupational Health and Safety Management Performance Excellence and Achieving Error-Free Safe Patient Care"

PERSONAL OBJECTIVE:

To make meaningful contributions in a collaborative manner for organizations that recognize their human capital as their most valuable asset and is committed towards achieving effective occupational health and safety performance through proactive management system strategies and programs that promote a strong safety culture to reduce occupational accident / disease incidence rates, meet legislative compliance requirements and due diligence, and enhance corporate financial sustainability.

PROFESSIONAL PROFILE:

I obtained my diploma in psychology from Loyola College and a bachelors degree in psychology / biology from Concordia University, both in Montreal. After almost two years in the role of Clinical Research Associate, Cardiovascular Division, Sandoz Pharmaceuticals, I went on to work in basic research for three years in the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, where I was accepted into and attended graduate studies (MSc) Psychiatry (Behavioural Genetics). Under the thesis supervision and guidance of Roberta Palmour PhD & Frank Ervin MD, my concept and laboratory research work led to a novel finding that CNS adenosine A1 and A2 receptors are involved in aggressive behavior in an animal model, published in Life Science (1989; 44 (18):1293-301), http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2716472. (Adenosine analogs inhibit fighting in isolated male mice)

Subsequently, I changed career directions and went on to receive training in occupational health and safety through auditing, with the University's permission, the entire McGill University’s graduate School of Occupational Health program. In 1993 I obtained the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation http://www.bcrsp.ca/. As the University's first Health and Safety Officer, for over thirteen years I applied my knowledge in psychology towards improving safety management organizational culture and used my training in occupational hygiene to develop innovative programs such as office ergonomics MSD injury prevention / remediation, indoor mould evaluation and control, and academic research laboratory safety inspections. After 17 years service with the University, I left McGill in 2000 and started an occupational health and safety consulting service, Pinnacle Enterprises Canada. For the past sixteen years, I have been foccusing my professional expertise and significant effort in promoting improvements in healthcare occupational health and safety as an important factor that contributes to assuring high quality safe error free patient care. I developed one of the first healthcare indoor mould control programs in Canada for Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. I use the OHSAS 1800 (soon to be ISO 45001-2018), and CAN/CSA-Z1000-14, standards as proactive research based evidenced instruments for establishing effective management strategies and identifying leading safety performance metrics to reduce occupational hazard risks and associated losses to achieve safe working conditions for healthcare workers that result in efective sustainable safe patient care. From 2009 to 2012, together with TOH Environmental Health and Safety Team, I coordinated The Ottawa Hospital Health and Safety Management System development initiatives based on the CSA Z 1006 standard - including Internal Audit Program that subsequently received a 100% conformity rating in an external audit performed by the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). In 2012 I completed the comprehensive Ryerson University, Toronto, Advanced Safety Management Certificate program.

My Healthcare website, Healthcare Safety Info-eLink™ emphasizes the need for hospital senior management and associated stakeholders (government agencies) to seriously consider the important link between the quality of healthcare occupational health and safety workplace conditions and practices and its direct impact on patient safety outcomes (medical errors). In order to achieve sustainable administrative performance with meaningful control of healthcare costs, reduction in hospital staff injuries, occupational diseases and patient error are an essential goal. A holistic approach is proposed that manages patient safety and care-provider safety programs together as an integral component of the organization's Health and Safety Management System (HSMS) that strives to identify in a systematic and priortized manner management opportunities for implementing changes that focus on continuous improvement objectives. This type of approach could be attained by implementing a HSMS in accordance with the the provisions of the OHSAS 18001; (ISO 45001 - 2018); or the Canadian Occupational Health and Safety Management Standard: CAN/CSA-Z1000-14 and regularily assessing performance of the HSMS with specific Audit Instruments. In addition, organizational ISO 9001 quality performance standard can be considered and quality improvement tools such as Six Sigma and Lean among others can be utilized to assist in reaching the objective of a effectively functioning HSMS - To reduce care provider injury/disease rates - And provide high quality "safe" patient care.

Five initial basic priorities are necessary for implementing a successful HSMS:

1. Strong organizational ethics;

2. Genuinely dedicated organizational senior leadership that adhere to point # 1 above;

3. An organization with a positive culture with strong cohesive teams that support its leadership;

4. An effective Human Resources Management department focused on progressive and proactive methods of organizational personnel management;

5. A well-administered dedicated Organizational Environmental Health and Safety department attained by a highly skilled ethical Professional that reports to an emotionally intelligent "Senior Organizational Ethical Leader" is essential. The OHS Leader must possess advanced knowledge of proactive occupational safety management techniques, safety management system instrument implementation and audit, modern industrial hygiene practices, a firm comprehension of occupational health and industrial toxicology, and skills in organizational psychology applications. And vital to all this is a solid understanding and application methods of legislative and due diligence requirements. This will require full support and commitment from senior management that grants the Department Leader sufficient funding in order to select appropriate number of suitably credible certified OHS professionals for building a powerful effective and successful team. An EHS leader must have strong interpersonal communication skills and be capable of directing such a highly proficient team that abides with organizational priorities and objectives. The team must be experienced in and supportive of OHSM systems essential for identifying opportunities for improvement through regular analysis of qualitative / quantitaitve leading safety factors and subsequently applying change for achievieing measurable positive results for cost effective reduction of occupational accidents and associated patient errors. This is a recipe for reaching genuine sustainable health and safety conditions and a strong safety culture.


CORE PERSONAL VALUES:

  • Uncompromising integrity, trust & ethics 
  • Professional competence through continuous learning and knowledge acquisition

    STRENGTHS:

    • Consensus-Building Skill strong interactive colaborative interpersonal skills with general staff, trades professionals, all levels of management, academics, credible technical professionals, and contractors. Accomplished through active listening to other's points of view, asking questions as appropriate, and striving to achieve resonable compromise and collective consensus. Strive for a winning conclusion.
    • Analytical and Critical Skills through use of logical thinking and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of a complex challenge and identify creative solutions to solve problems effectively in a timely manner
    • OHS Legislation - extensive detailed knowledge of legislation and long-term experience in compliance assessment, as well as various techniques necessary for regulation enforcement: Canadian Provincial Occupational Health and Safety Acts Ontario, Quebec, NS, BC, etc; Canadian Labour Code Part Two; U.S. OSHA regulations and guidelines
    • Due Diligence strategy development for achieving organizational safety excellence
    • Occupational Hazard Identification and Hazard Risk Assessment determination /  development of prioritized cost effective risk control measures in accordance with AIHA guidelines and the ACGIH - http://www.acgih.org
    • Occupational Safety Management Systems Development and Initial Internal Audit (CAN/CSA-Z1000-14); ANSI Z10; OHSAS 18001; ISO 45001- 2018)
    • Occupational Health and Safety Program Development
    • Senior Level Professional Writing Skill: occupational safety audit reports, accident / occupational disease investigation reports, safety inspection reports, compliance violation reports; standard safe operating procedures (SOP); corporate policies and associated industry best practice procedures
    • Healthcare and Academic occupational health and safety knowledge and experience >25 yrs.
    • Occupational Health extensive knowledge of - human toxicology and disease pathology
    • Occupational / Industrial Hygiene knowledge and practical experience (15 years) – supervision of certified industrial hygiene technicians
    • Medical / Academic Research Laboratory Safety: inspection / GHS and WHMIS / CBSG, BMBL / chemical hazard risk assessment and development of effective controls and processes
    • Occupational Accident Investigation: direct and root cause analysis / witness interview / incident site evaluation / accident trends analysis to determine areas requiring priority provention action measures - preparation of written report on results and prevention recommendations
    • Office Ergonomics: computer user evaluation to determine possible risk factors including related injury review; office ergonomic equipment assessment and cost effective improvement recommendations where required; provide onsite assistance to affected employees including brief but comprehensive ergonomic training on proper equipment set-up and use / provide ergonomic advice to administration staff
    • Asbestos and Mould: sample collection and submission to an AIHA® Laboratory Accreditation Program Certified Laboratory for sample assessment and identification; review samping results and submit written report with cost effective abatement / or control recommendations; abatement contractor selection and oversight; asbestos / mould management program development in compliance with legislative requirements and eliminate health hazard risks to building occupants and workers.

    Please view my Power Point presentation:

    An Integrated Healthcare Safety Management System - The Link Between Staff and Patient Safety" An Innovative Total Quality Holistic Approach for Effective Healthcare Safety Management
    “Raising the Bar to Achieve Total Quality Patient Care Excellence”
    (ppt presentation)

    I invite you to contact me in confidence (see link below) to discuss how I may assist you in assessing potential and / or exisiting occupational hazards in your organization and provide strategies and cost effective recommendations to achieve safe workplace conditions and practices that meet legislative requirements, protect your staff and patients, and reduce costly accidents / occupational diseases.

    Thank you for taking the time to review my professional background.

    Christopher J. Lipowski, CRSP

    Email: chris@mtpinnacle.com

    Occupational Health and Safety Services

    Website: Healthcare Safety Info-eLink™