OEA/OWA: Who We Are and What We Do
Darlene Wright, Employer Specialist Office of the Employer Adviser (OEA)
Marc Barbeau, Worker Adviser Office of the Worker Adviser (OWA)
Join us for an overview and open discussion on how the OWA and OEA can help you. They provide workers and employers with free and confidential advice, representation and education on all workers’ compensation issues under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, and on unlawful reprisal issues under Section 50 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. They represent workers and employers at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), the Workplace Safety and Insurance Tribunal (WSIAT) and the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB). Alternative dispute resolution is also used to resolve cases when possible.
Where's the Supervisor? Who's Running the Show?
Trevor Beauchamp Territory Manager - Northern Ontario, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
A good Supervisor wears many hats; coach, mentor, employee and employer advocate, production coordinator, HR liaison, and Health and Safety specialist. It's a big job requiring this "super human" to be in all places at the same time, so who is really running the show? This session will help you to understand the daily challenges of this role, and help you become a more effective supervisor.
Help Wanted! Implementing an Ergonomic Plan
Cindy De Piero, BSc (ES), CEES, CHEES, Ergonomic & Wellness Consultant, Sault Area Hospital (SAH)
Most leaders have a general understanding of ergonomics. You've heard the word ergonomics in reference to floor mats, adjustable workstations, office chairs and industrial equipment. Is your experience and understanding limited to the basic ergonomic terminology? You want to establish proactive leadership for presenting the business case for developing an ergonomics process, but you simply have no idea where to start? From a business perspective, applying ergonomic principles helps boost productivity among employees. It also may assist with reducing employee turnover rates and minimizing your WSIB rates. This session will provide practical processes utilized to implement an in-depth successful ergonomic plan. This will be an interactive session.
CAN/CSA-B354.1-04 (R2016): Portable Elevating Work Platforms
Kevin Kelly, Safety Trainer, Equipment World
Changes to ANSI A92 and CSA B354 standards are coming; and expected to go into effect in late 2017. There are many significant changes, but the more significant ones will be the addition of platform load sense, guidelines for the safe use of platforms, and training requirements for Operators, Passengers and Supervisors, as well as Maintenance Technician Training. With so much changing in the updated ANSI/CSA standards, it is important to call attention to one key item that every user (identified in the standards as employers) needs to be aware of - risk assessment. Attend this session to learn more about the changes coming your way!
Mental Health Accommodations
Chris Lloyd, Partner, Daniels Lloyd LLP
What do you do when you think someone who reports to you has a mental health issue? This session will help participants understand their duties as a manager when accommodating employees with mental health issues. It will help you determine how to recognize it and talk about it, the steps to take when accommodating, the return-to work discussion and the interplay between mental health and harassment.