Safe Handling Peer Coach Training


This workshop is being offered by request only. 

If you would like to book this workshop for your organization, please complete our Request a Workshop form.

Are you already familiar with Safe Handling techniques, but want to share your knowledge and expertise with others at your workplace? Are you looking to train your staff in a cost-effective and efficient manner?

 Musculoskeletal injuries are the leading type of injury for continuing care workers. These types of injuries are frequently caused by overexertion, whether that be from sustained or awkward posture, pushing and/or pulling of equipment, or during care.

Organizations can help keep their staff and residents safe by having peer coaches who are trained to provide the latest safe handling education to your staff.

SafeCare BC’s Safe Handling Train-the-Trainer workshop will give participants a comprehensive overview of the leading safe handling practices and techniques. In this two-day session, peer coaches will also learn coaching principles, which will give them the tools and knowledge to successfully teach others on safe handling and musculoskeletal injury prevention.


Having in-house training experts is invaluable. There are several benefits to investing in your staff to be trained as Safe Handling Peer Facilitators, including:

In-house training without having to pay for external trainers
Timely access to training that meets your organization’s scheduling needs
Efficient use of resources
Empowering for staff
Develop a robust training program for new and current staff
Tailor the training to short sessions, or the on-the-spot instruction
Reduce the impact of MSI-related injuries including costs associated with injury, re-training, and employee shortages
This education is a 2-day, 8-hour a day instructor-led workshop. You must complete the online modules (Part 1) prior to attending your in-person workshop (2-3 hours). 

  • Q: How long is this workshop?
    A: This is a mixed delivery workshop which means that participants must complete a set of online modules (2-3 hours) and then attend an in-person, instructor-led session over the course of two, 8-hour days.
  • Q: What are the steps to becoming a peer coach?
    A: During the instructor-led session, participants will complete a mentorship where they are asked to demonstrate their facilitation skills and safe handling knowledge. After passing mentorship, participants will sign a peer coach agreement and track their continuing education.
  • Q: What are the benefits of being trained as a peer coach?
    A: Individual benefits include: 1) Expand your skill-set - becoming a Peer Facilitator is an excellent opportunity for personal and professional growth by increasing your knowledge and helping you gain valuable facilitation skills. 2) Make an even bigger impact - as a peer coach you will directly improve the health and safety of your colleagues in the sector.
  • Q: What are the organizational benefits of having a peer coach on staff?
    A: Organizational benefits include: 1) Having an in-house expert - you’ll have someone to provide regular, relevant, and timely support to all your staff. 2) Saving money - instead of paying for each of your staff to attend a health and safety workshop, pay for one to become a Peer Facilitator, who can then train everyone. 3) More flexibility - it’s difficult to send staff to an all-day off-site workshop. With your own Peer Facilitator, you can train staff when and where you want.
  • Q: How do I request a private workshop?
    A: Email with the following information: 1) the requested workshop, 2) how many potential participants and, 3) three potential workshop dates (ideally 4-6 weeks out from the request date).