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Sessions & Workshops

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am

Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash

Professor Timothy Caulfield, LL.B., LL.M., Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy; Trudeau Fellow; Professor, Faculty of Law and School Public Health and Research Director, Health Law Institute

Location: TBD

Celebrities are everywhere! This matters. Seriously. Research shows that popular culture has a profound influence on people’s health and that our ideals of beauty and success are framed by a celebrity-dominated worldview. In this fun and provocative presentation, Professor Timothy Caulfield will examine what science tells us about the influence of popular culture. He will also debunk common health myths and provide practical, evidence-based, recommendations relevant to both healthcare professionals and to individuals seeking to live a healthy lifestyle.

The What and Why of Functional Safety: Basic Concepts

Michael Wilson, B.E.Sc., P. Eng., CMSE®, CRSP, Technical Consultant, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

Location: TBD

The current CSA standards for robot safety (Z434-14) and Safeguarding of Machinery (recently revised to Z432-16) both recognize functional safety as part of the design requirements. But what is Functional Safety? When a worker opens an interlocked door on a machine and the hazards are controlled – this is functional safety. But Functional Safety extends beyond the electrical safety circuit, and focuses on the performance of the entire control system – including hydraulic, pneumatic and electronic systems. This awareness session will introduce the basic concepts and considerations around Functional Safety including identification, required risk-reduction, and confirmation that the Safety Function performs as intended.

Excel-Erate Your OHS Program

Stephanie Smith, Health and Safety Coordinator Maple Stamping

Location: TBD

In this session we will explore one company’s journey on how they were able to combine their use of Excel and lean principles to create, analyze, communicate and visualize HS statistics, inspections and other templates to the production floor and to management to create a successful health and safety culture at their workplace.

Anatomy of a Fall: Accident Reconstruction & Lessons Learned

Dennis Turriff, PhD P.Eng Sr Engineer Product and Property Groups, MEA Forensic Engineers

Ben Elkin, PhD P.Eng, Biomechanical Engineer, MEA Forensic Engineers

Location: TBD

This session will provide information about investigation methods, fall protection systems, component failure analysis, and current standards. The speakers will also discuss the importance of injury biomechanics in the investigation of falls. The types of injuries incurred can tell us a lot about what the person was doing when they fell, or how they fell.

Mental Health Accommodations: Supporting Employee Success

Mary Ann Baynton, Program Director Great West Life and Executive Director of Mindful Employer Canada

Sarah Jenner, National Manager, Mindful Employer Canada

Location: TBD

Canadian occupational health professionals recently developed an accommodation tool that articulates strategies to support both the productivity and the psychological well-being of workers with mental illnesses. Join this session for a step-by-step walkthrough on how to use the new tool, called Supporting Employee Success. Find out how you can facilitate a conversation that identifies solutions for enabling your employees to do their job, even while they may be experiencing an illness like depression or anxiety.

Legitimate Work Refusal or Labour Relations Complaint?

Madeleine Loewenberg, Sr. Partner, Loewenberg Psarris Workplace Law LLP

Location: TBD

The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) allows most workers to refuse work they believe to be unsafe to themselves or another worker. This includes a right to refuse unsafe work because of a threat of workplace violence. The OHSA sets out what conditions may lead to a work refusal and the procedure to follow when refusal takes place. While disputes about the processes and procedures to be followed do arise, a significant problem is less capable of definition. Simply put, how can an employer know if a work refusal is legitimate or actually a labour relations complaint disguised as a safety concern? This session will explore this issue and will provide you with a better understanding of the roles of the workplace parties to a work refusal; the proper procedure to follow when a work refusal arises; what constitutes a labour relations matter clothed as a work refusal and how to manage improper work refusals.

Revitalize Your JHSC

Marie-Louise De Boyrie, CHRL, Consultant, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

Location: TBD

This session will discuss how the work of the Joint Health and Safety Committee can be more interesting and purposeful by injecting some self-reflection with stories from the trenches, practical tools, tips and resources to help promote, inspire and revitalize your JHSC!

OH&S Management: An Update on ISO 45001

Dave Shanahan, Project Manager, CSA Group

Location: TBD

ISO is developing a new standard, ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems – that will help organizations reduce the burden of occupational injuries and disease by providing a framework to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions, all over the world. It will take into account other international standards such as OHSAS 18001, and the International Labour Organization’s ILO-OSH Guidelines, and various national standards such as CSA Z1000. Join the CSA Project Manager to learn more about this new standard and how you can benefit from using it in your workplace.

Ministry of Labour Priorities for 2017-2018

Peter Augruso, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Labour (MOL)

Location: TBD

This session will familiarize you with the Ministry of Labour’s role I workplace safety and the Safe At Work Ontario compliance strategy. Attend this session to hear more about the Ministry’s priorities for 2017-18, the dates for upcoming enforcement blitzes and highlights from Ministry sector plans.

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 10:00am - 12:30pm (Workshop)

Mental Health: Why is it Important to Increase Knowledge in the Workplace?

Don Langlois, Occupational Health Lead, DMC Mining

Tony Hughes, Claims Manager, DMC Mining

Location: TBD

Learn more about common Mental Health Disorders, explore Stigma, and identify their association in the workplace. Attendees are expected to gain a new perspective by reflecting on their previous thoughts and behaviors toward Mental Health. Let’s use a more effective approach to facing situations related to Mental Health at home and in the workplace.

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm

Productivity and Collaboration in the Age of Digital Distraction

Jesse Brown, Digital Media Expert, Disruptive Journalist, Futurist

Location: TBD

Has technology actually made us more productive, or does it just distract us with endless diversion? In this interactive presentation, Jesse Brown explains how the world’s most progressive organizations are rethinking productivity and tapping into the collaborative social dynamics of the transparent, networked workplace.

Everyone Has Liability in Workplace Situations

Cynthia Sefton, Partner, Occupational Health & Safety, Aird & Berlis LLP

David Reiter, Partner, Occupational Health & Safety, Aird & Berlis LLP

Location: TBD

No matter what your role is or what industry you work in, you have specific obligations for ensuring that everyone goes home at the end of the work day and that no one is exposed to roles or tasks without the proper health and safety training and measures in place. Failure to understand roles and responsibilities could result in accidents and injuries, as well as exposure to liability, civil lawsuits and even prosecution.

Lockdown, Hold and Secure, Shelter in Place… Which is it?

Staff Sergeant Jeff Simpkins, Community Safety Services, OPP

Location: TBD

The presentation will explain the terminology of Lockdown, Hold and Secure, Shelter in Place and provide a clear understanding on the use and activation of these 3 distinctly different situations. The purpose will be to eliminate ambiguity and emphasize the need to have policies in place. An explanation of police responses to each will be combined with scenario based examples to help understand the principles.

Safety Leadership for the Safety Professional

David Johnston, Director Environment, Health, and Safety, Toronto Hydro

Location: TBD

Much has been written about the importance of leadership in creating a culture with a high value on safety however these articles focus almost solely on those in the C-Suite. What about the safety professional and the role they play in leading an organization to safety excellence? As a safety leader, David Johnston has taken many operations from “worst to first” in safety performance. In this presentation he will share his experiences of what works and what doesn’t for the safety professional who wants positive change.

We Sit and Stand Every Day: The Relationship to MSD’s, Injury and Death

Dr. Jack Callaghan, PhD, CCPE, FCSB, Director, the Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD)

Location: TBD

Sitting has been made out as a major health concern, garnering extensive media attention lately, leading to workers with seated jobs negotiating for the right to stand, while workers required to stand have been appealing for the right to sit. As Ergonomists and Health & Safety people know, there are negative outcomes for both prolonged standing, and sitting. This session will cover ways to integrate sitting and standing at work, as well as an examination of the background behind the negative health aspects of sitting.

What Do Ontario Employers Spend to Prevent Work-Related Injury and Illness

Dr. Cameron Mustard, A.B., Sc.D., President and Senior Scientist, Institute for Work and Health (IWH)

Location: TBD

Ontario employers invest time and resources to protect the health and safety of their employees. But many employers do not have an accurate estimate of the scale of this investment. In this presentation, we’ll summarize findings from an ongoing study of Ontario employers that is estimating OHS expenditures on management and supervision, training, personal protective equipment and OHS professional services. We think you’ll be surprised at the results!

Concussions: Causes, Symptoms, Return to Work and Prevention

Dr. Stacy Irvine, BSc. Kin, M.Sc., D.C., CSCS, Founder and Co-owner, Totum Life Science

Location: TBD

Concussions are considered the “invisible” injury, since they do not show up on medical imaging tests, such as x-rays or CT scans, and because their effects are often misunderstood. Dr. Irvine will speak to the prevention of concussions, symptoms of a concussion, the effects of a concussion, when to return to activity, and how employers can work with employees on return to work initiatives.

Is Your Organization Psychologically Safe?

Kevin Waldbillig, Corporate Director and Mental Health Specialist, Employee Wellness Solutions Network

Location: TBD

Think about situations where you thought that “someone really had your back.” At work we speak to leaders who positively impact their teams because they put workers’ psychological health and safety, front and centre. These leaders recognize mental health affects everyone. They proactively look for hazards in the workplace, control the risks and grow a culture that promotes psychological health. Strategies around communication, accommodation, resources and education will be the focus of this session.

Critical Injury Investigations

Lori Nicholas, Territory Manager, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

Location: TBD

Join us for this interactive session to learn first-hand about your JHSC responsibility for critical injury investigations. You will receive tools on “what, why and how” to collect information, then conduct an analysis and complete the report for the MOL. This will all take place in a fun way and engage your JHSC members to understand their roles and responsibilities.

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Canada’s Safest Employers

Moderator: Amanda Silliker, Editor, COS Magazine

David Johnston, Director Environment, Health, and Safety, Toronto Hydro

Ruth Mello, Director, Environment, Health and Safety, GSK

Location: TBD

What does it take to become one of Canada’s Safest Employers? Attendees will have an opportunity to interact with executives from some of the safest companies in Canada. Presenters will share their insights on safety leadership and their journey towards achieving success in their workplace and with their people.

WHMIS 2015 and GHS

Chemical Services Division, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)

Location: TBD

Join the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) as they help you understand how WHMIS 2015 has changed. From the latest regulations, to how the new rules will affect hazard classes, Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), and labels – CCOHS will share solutions to the most frequently asked questions about WHMIS 2015.

What’s New in Office Ergonomics? Outlining the New Z412 Office Ergonomics Standard

Lucy Hart, M.Sc., CCPE, Certified Ergonomist, Global Furniture Group

Location: TBD

CSA Z412-17 Office Ergonomics – An application standard for workplace ergonomics, has undergone a major overhaul since the last edition was published in 2000. The new edition is a Standard (previously the “Guideline on Office Ergonomics”) and contains normative requirements for the ergonomics process and application of ergonomics in the context of CSA Z1004 Workplace Ergonomics, as well as detailed requirements for the office workspace including working postures and workstation principles – furniture, accessories, equipment, and layout; environmental considerations; manual materials handling; and psychosocial workplace factors.

Prison Stripes, Corporate Probation, Injunctions, Bankruptcy: New Consequences for OHS Noncompliance

Cheryl Edwards, Partner, Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP

Jeremy Warning, Partner, Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP

Location: TBD

The consequences of being convicted or penalized for an OHS contravention continue to escalate. Prosecutors are seeking to jail supervisors, managers and corporate officials more frequently. For companies, an OHS fine or administrative penalty can range from the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to more than a million dollars. Such significant penalties can result in dire consequences for individuals and even threaten the viability of the organization. OHS legislation across Canada is increasingly providing for broad stop work orders, injunctions and corporate probation that stand to significantly alter the landscape of enforcement. Two former OHS prosecutors will discuss these potential consequences by examining recent developments, current approaches, and possible trends in the evolution of OHS enforcement.

Responding to a Crisis

Ron Arends, President and CEO, Canadian Bank Note

Location: TBD

On June 25, 2016, Canadian Bank Note experienced a three-alarm fire in its Ottawa location that started with one of the presses used to print passports and other types of identification. Thankfully, no employees were injured in the blaze. However, the fire presented serious challenges for the CBN team. In this session, you'll learn how Ron and his team managed this crisis and the organization's recovery since the fire.

Who Would You Hire?

Vera Asanin, President and Publisher, Your Workplace

Location: TBD

Let’s face it. Finding and training skilled manufacturing talent is expensive, but hiring the wrong person is even more costly. Mistakes on the job don’t just cost you in terms of equipment damage and inventory, they can have a negative impact on the safety of your team. The good news? Hiring the wrong fit is easily avoidable. Learn about emerging trends, the impact of culture for fit, and perhaps most important – how to keep the good ones once you’ve got them.

Building a Leading Indicator Program Within Your Workplace To Improve OHS Performance

Dr. Benjamin C. Amick III, Senior Scientist, Ph.D, Social Epidemiology, Institute for Work & Health (IWH)

Illia Tchernikov, Business Manager, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

Location: TBD

In this presentation we discuss how to start, build and sustain a leading indicator program in your organization. We present a series of tools that support conversations that are necessary to motivate change from the current views about OHS performance and to support continuous improvement. This presentation will address thinking about the right information at the right time for the right decisions. It will provide a step-by-step approach to building a leading indicator program within your organization.

A Practical Approach to OHS Programs: From the Paper to the Floor

Sam Altobello, CRSP, CHSC, Health and Safety Manager, Brampton Plant, Montreal DC and Brampton DC, Sofina Foods

Location: TBD

Are you sitting in your office or walking on the shop floor trying to figure out how to get front line supervisors and your JHSC more engaged? Are you trying to create a better safety culture? Are you asking yourself how to improve morale? Trying to wrap your head around how much training you have completed for employees and supervisors, but still struggling to achieve a ”best in class” safety program and system? Attend this session to hear how we have taken safety from “paper to the floor”.

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 2:00pm - 5:00pm (Workshop)

Being Wrong, Managing Conflict and Solving Problems

Dayna Firth, Dispute Resolution Services, Ministry of Labour (MOL)

Greg Long, Dispute Resolution Services, Ministry of Labour (MOL)

Location: TBD

In this workshop with expert mediators, you will understand how and why conflict can escalate, and how attitudes and perceptions can obstruct insight, hinder learning, undermine meaningful discussion, and learn how notions of “rightness and wrongness” can impede our understanding and undermine effective communication. You will consider the biases that can hamper our thinking, and explore and practice approaches and strategies that can create the potential for more constructive dialogue.

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm

Workplace Fatality: Is There More than OHS Charges? The WSIB Fatal Premium Penalty and Other Related Issues

Laura Russell, B.Sc., CRSP, Paralegal, Compclaim

Sara Malkin, Associate Lawyer, Compclaim

Consulting Practice of Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP

Location: TBD

This session will provide an overview of the Ontario law, policy and process, with particular attention to the precedent WSIAT appeal and current political climate on this issue. The status of this type of issue in other jurisdictions in Canada will also be covered. The presenters will provide their insight into the process and how to navigate concurrent information requests, responses and potential litigation.

The Changing Role of the Supervisor

Paul Hartford, Consultant, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

Location: TBD

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 “superhuman” to be in all places at the same time. This session will cover how the role of the supervisor is continually evolving, and what challenges this can bring.

Falls Prevention: From Mining and Industry to Your Own Backyard

Shannan Boston, GSC, CHSO, Account Manager and Consultant, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

Location: TBD

Gravity doesn’t take a coffee break, and it always works on the weekends! It’s not always about traditional roles such as miners and construction workers. Window washers and roofers put themselves at risk every day to earn a living. This session will provide an overview of the new Working at Heights standards in Ontario, including how they will affect workers and employers and why the changes are happening. You will also learn more about what your obligations to report are, as a citizen in your own neighbourhood.

Beyond the Sparks and Flames: Protecting You From What You Can’t See

Dan Curts, CIH, ROH, CRSP, Lead Application Development Specialist, 3M Canada

Location: TBD

While you or your workers might be trained exactly how to keep safe from heat and sparks, what about the microscopic and potentially toxic airborne elements that cling to your lungs with time? Perhaps you already know that there are potential risks in inhaling weld fumes for example, but do you truly know what you’re up against? This session will outline health concerns and controls that can be implemented to minimize workers exposures.

Clarifying the JHSC’s Role in Workplace Mental Health

Elizabeth Rankin-Horvath, B.A.Sc. (Hons), CRSP, President, Hale Health and Safety Solutions Ltd.

Location: TBD

The National Standard of Canada on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace requires that organizations engage the JHSC to define their involvement in workplace mental health. Many JHSCs are ill-equipped to take on an active role, and are struggling with concerns about issues regarding mental illness, workplace conflict, and peer support. Participants will be introduced to practical tools to equip them in making a fully informed decision on defining their JHSC’s level of involvement and related activities.

When Technology Hurts

Melissa Statham, B.Ed., MHK, CCPE, Ergonomist, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)

Location: TBD

A look into how the use of new technology has impacted the workplace, our homes and how we learn. With the increased use of laptops, tablets and cellphones there has been rise in musculoskeletal disorders. This presentation looks into how technology has changed over the last several decades; the musculoskeletal disorders associated with the use of these new products and what you can do in order to decrease your risk of developing MSDs associated with the use of new technology.

Ontario Noise Regulations

Marc Cousineau, Industrial Hygienist, Ministry of Labour (MOL) Wagish Yajaman, CIH, CRSP, Technical Services Supervisor, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

Location: TBD

Noise induced hearing loss is one of the fastest growing occupational diseases in Ontario with claims exceeding $50 million a year. As of July 1, 2016, a new regulation, Regulation 381/15: Noise, extends the noise protection requirements to all workplaces under the OHSA. This interactive session will help you understand the new regulation and its impact in your workplace. Our industry expert will guide you through the regulation and provide some tools to create an action plan back at your workplace.

Prescription Opioid Use in Safety Sensitive Environments: How to Mitigate Risk

Dr. Andrea Furlan, MD, Ph.D. Scientist, Institute for Work and Health (IWH), and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Associate Professor, Physiatry, University of Toronto

Location: TBD

The emergence of synthetic opioids has seen a surge in prescription usage to treat chronic and acute pain in the last 10 to 15 years. In that time, addiction to opioids has become more prevalent. Not surprisingly, opioid use in the work place can cause some concerns, especially for employees operating machinery and performing other safety sensitive work. In Canada, it is estimated that 23 people out of every 1000 have a prescription for opioids, and those 23 people are at a significantly greater risk of having an accident while performing safety sensitive functions. Others working in their vicinity are, no doubt, also at risk. This session will review the Canadian Guideline for Safe and effective Use of Opioids, and discuss ways you can reduce your risk factors at the workplace.

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 9:30am – 12:00pm

Ministry of Labour Mock Trial

Jeremy Warning, Partner, Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP

Catherine Glaister, Crown Counsel, Ministry of Labour

His worship, Donald Dudar, Justice of the Peace

Location: TBD

Have you ever wondered what could happen if you had a serious injury or fatality at your workplace and the Ministry laid charges? What would it take to defend yourself and your company’s actions? This is your opportunity to see it first-hand. A Judge, Crown Prosecutor, Defense Lawyers and supporting cast will actually stage a full trial. Come and see what due diligence really is and what it means in the courtroom.

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am

Creating a Mentally Healthy Workplace: GE Canada’s Journey

Sandra Neale, Services Excellence Leader, GE Canada Diana McNiven, Manager, Compensation & Benefits, GE Canada

Location: TBD

In 2013, GE launched a Canada-wide mental-health strategy. In this session, you will hear about how GE implemented this strategy through measures such as mandatory manager training, employee surveys, organizational assessments, focus groups, implementing a mental health ally program, providing communication and online resources, and aligning benefit offerings with a focus on mental health, and more. Hear about the early results and obtain practical takeaways for how you can improve mental health in your workforce.

Asbestos: No Safe Use

Panel Presentation

Location: TBD

Canada will ban asbestos use by 2018. This decision brings Canada in line with more than 50 other countries that have banned the known carcinogen. The federal government’s move is aimed at eventually reducing the rate of asbestos-related diseases. The hard work lies ahead, though, as the country deals with the deadly legacy of asbestos that exists in everything from homes and hospitals to elementary schools and universities. This session will discuss next steps such as addressing issues concerning assistance in the safe removal of asbestos from people’s homes, exposure assessments for workers, and creating a registry for all buildings that contain asbestos.

Working at Heights in Warehouses and Distribution Centres

Jamie Trull, Health & Safety Consultant, Infrastructure Health & Safety Association (IHSA)

Location: TBD

This one hour presentation will recognize common fall hazards in warehouses and DC’s, assess the impact of the fall hazards, identify controls to eliminate/minimize the fall hazards, and evaluate the effectiveness of the controls used. A portion of the laws and regulation related to working at heights will be highlighted as well.

How Do I Get Rid of This Stuff? Setting Your Sights on Zero Waste Facilities

Ben Jarrett, North American Sustainability Leader, Kimberly-Clark Professional*

Jennifer Shaffer, Industrial Marketing Leader, Kimberly-Clark Professional*

Location: TBD

In manufacturing, working smarter covers every aspect of everything you do, including waste reduction from manufacturing inputs and disposable PPE items that you have to pay for twice – to both use and dispose of. Our best facilities are diverting over 95% of manufacturing waste from landfill but it’s not just about diverting waste. We’re now generating nearly twice as much revenue from the sale of material that was previously considered waste than we spend on disposal. In this session, we’ll share some industry and regulatory trends and some of our best practices that are reducing our environmental footprint - without compromising safety or productivity KPIs. We’ll also give you some practical tips on how you can get started today with your disposable PPE like nitrile gloves and apparel - even your hand towels.

Incident Investigation: An Overview of CSA Z1005

Troy Winters, Senior Health and Safety Officer, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Peter Sturm, BA, CHSC, CRSP, President, Sturm Consulting Inc.

Location: TBD

Move beyond safety compliance to being a leader prepared for the first national incident investigation and prevention standard in the world. To be truly effective in today’s changing business and safety environment, you need to understand and implement the investigation standard so that it enhances and integrates with your prevention initiatives and safety management system. The Chair and Vice-Chair of this standard’s technical committee will bring an interactive and easy to understand approach to this session. You will understand what the new incident investigation standard is; how prevention fits into an incident investigation; and how this investigation tool will impact your company’s safety performance.

High-Performing Committees

Speaker TBC

Location: TBD

Most members of high-performing teams report that it’s fun and satisfying work, because they are asked to contribute at their highest potential, and they learn a lot along the way. In the long run, teams with a clear purpose and good chemistry drive results. This session will review the top characteristics of high-performing teams, and show how your JHSC – or other team – can achieve success in a fun and dynamic way.

Death by Powerpoint? Make Your Next Training Day Fun and Effective

Drew Douglas, Health and Safety Supervisor, Chippewas of Rama First Nation

Location: TBD

Do any of your presentations evoke the “death by PowerPoint” phrase? In this session, learn about strategies to avoid this using newer, less conventional approaches and find out how Drew has made Health and Safety training fun at his organization. Many techniques exist that ensure that everyone can be an expert in presentation design. You will be provided with resources, tips and tools that will make your next presentation and/or training program fun, engaging and effective so that it is a hit!

Preventing Occupational Disease Worldwide

Marianne Levitsky, MES, CIH, ROH, FAIHA, President, Workplace Health Without Borders

Location: TBD

Work-related disease kills 2 million people a year around the world – more than HIV/AIDS, armed conflict and automobile crashes. The International Labour Organization estimates that occupational injury and disease cost the world $3.7 trillion (CAD) every year. Founded in Canada and incorporated as a charity since 2011, WHWB has a network of more than 500 people around the world, including occupational hygienists, physicians and others concerned about workplace health. Attend this session to learn more about this amazing organization!

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm

Data Driving Action: How to Use Data to Implement Safety Programs

Scott Saint, P.Eng., MBA, C. Dir, Chief Public Safety Officer and Vice-President, Regulatory & Safety Programs, Electrical Safety Authority (ESA)

Location: TBD

You have a safety challenge and some data… but what’s next? Fifteen years of electrical safety data-driven insights have guided ESA’s design and implementation of initiatives that minimize electrical harms for all Ontarians. ESA has launched safety campaigns for Ontarians at risk from overhead powerline contact, electrical harm on-the-job and electrical fires in the home. Scott Saint, ESA’s Chief Public Safety Officer and Vice-President of Regulatory and Safety Programs will discuss these real life examples to help you tie the bow on the safety initiatives at your organization.

WSIB Rate Framework Modernization: An Update

Jean-Serge Bidal, Executive Director, Strategy Revenue Policy, Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB)

Location: TBD

Over the last few years, the WSIB has undertaken a comprehensive review of its classification structure, premium rate setting process and experience rating programs. After extensive consultation with stakeholders, the WSIB’s Board of Directors approved the rate framework. Starting in 2017, the WSIB will undertake further education and outreach efforts, including further discussion on the promotion of occupational health and safety, to ensure a broader understanding of the new approach. Attend this session to learn more about the process so far, how you might provide input, and ultimately, how and when the final Framework will be implemented.

Should we Say Something? Managing Hidden Disabilities in the Workplace

Natasha Savoline, Lawyer & HR advisor, Bernardi HR Law

Location: TBD

We’ve all had those times when we’re just not sure whether one of our employees is struggling with a disability or if they simply have performance issues. Do you say something or just wait until they bring it up. And if you do say something, how should you approach it without violating their privacy? This session will help you navigate those tricky situations.

PPE, AODA and Human Rights: Intersecting Legislation

Neena Gupta, Partner, Gowlings WLG

Location: TBD

When one right appears to conflict with another, what do we do? In this session, you will learn how to identify when rights are competing, and how to analyze and resolve this conflict. You’ll learn about the Policy on competing human rights, and how to apply this framework to your own scenario.

Peer to Peer Ergonomics Champions: The Foundation of a Participatory Ergonomics Program

Dave Catello, CRSP, CHSO, CLA, Corporate Ergonomist and Safety Leader, Honda of Canada Mfg.

Matt Clarke, B.Sc., CRSP, Plant Safety Coordinator, Honda of Canada Mfg.

Location: TBD

Through establishing a peer to peer approach to providing support for ergonomics, Honda of Canada Mfg. has been able to achieve significant risk reduction and a cultural shift that has positively impacted other aspects of our business. This session will explore Honda’s journey to success, and how this team has become instrumental in driving improvements in 3 main aspects of the ergonomics program: Training, Support and Control Activities.

A Study of Leading Indicators for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems in Healthcare

Dr. Joan Almost, RN, PhD, Assistant Professor, Associate Director (Graduate Nursing Programs), School of Nursing, Queen’s University

Louise Caicco Tett, RN, BScN, MPH (in progress) President, Health and Safety Professionals Inc.

Location: TBD

Approximately $2.5B is spent yearly on occupational injuries in the healthcare sector. Despite an increased focus on improving Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety System, injury statistics are not improving significantly. One of the keys to changing this trend is the utilization of leading indicators within current systems. In partnership with the Public Services Health and Safety Association, the aim of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of this intervention. Study results will be also be presented.

Getting from Good to Great… to Awesome Safety Performance

Corrie Pitzer, CEO, SafeMap

Location: TBD

Safety performances in most organizations have reach the limits and a serious question arises: is this the best we can and will ever do in safety, or are we able to break through to the levels of ultra-safe – as achieved by aviation? The naysayers are branded as deniers and skeptics, as defeatist and negative. For the yaysayers, there must always be hope and aspiration, and surely there cannot be any other goal than the nirvana of zero. Can we really improve our safety performance, ongoing and incrementally?

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm

Hot Topics on OHS Law

Jeremy Warning, Partner, Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP

Catherine Caldwell, Associate, Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP

Location: TBD

In this session, experienced OHS lawyers, including a former Ministry of Labour prosecutor, will comment on recent occupational health and safety developments arising from the courts, adjudicators and legislation. This quick-paced discussion will provide practical commentary on a variety of issues and developments including; protecting privilege over workplace investigations, the scope of the workplace under the Canada Labour Code, and the intersection of health and safety and the Criminal Code. In addition to hearing about recent legal developments, this session will also feature a question period for attendees to have their OHS law questions addressed.

A “Fair and Just” Culture

David Allen, Business Line Manager, Parts and Service, Sandvik

Location: TBD

Whether they are known as Golden Rules, Cardinal Rules or Rules to Live By, cornerstone rules which govern safe behaviour are imperative to your business. In this session, you will hear how Sandvik has implemented their “Fair and Just” Culture, what they learned along the way, and how you too, can initiate a similar program in your own workplace.

Beyond Prequalification & Training: How to Build Lasting Partnership with Contractors?

DAnne-Sophie Tétreault, Eng., Lean Master, Sr. Expert, HSSEQ Compliance and Risk Management Processed, Cognibox
Louis Cyrenne, Vice-President, Iron Ore Company (Rio Tinto)

Location: TBD

“Zero accidents” is the ultimate goal of organizations when it comes to health and safety. Contractors often perform riskier tasks than a company’s employees, but often lack knowledge of on-site-specific risks. Meanwhile, federal and provincial regulations are becoming tougher on companies who “outsource” risk. Learn more about how the right combination of leadership, expertize and technology can lead to efficient management of outsourced tasks, including performance management and on-going feedback with contractors.

Coroner’s Inquests: Recommendations and How They Change Legislation

Dr. David Eden, Regional Supervising Coroner for Inquests, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services

Location: TBD

Ever wonder what an inquest is? What’s the purpose, and do they make a difference? Inquests are a tool used for public safety. Like any tool, they are effective when used for the right case, and ineffective (and even harmful) when used for the wrong case. Inquests are a collaborative, forward-looking process used to improve public safety, and can also provide an avenue for recommendations to affect OHS legislation. Hear about some of the cases that have changed the way we work, live and play.

NEW! A344-17: User’s Guide for Steel Storage Racks

Chuck Leon, CRSP, P.MM, Technical Warehouse Materials Handling Specialist, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

Location: TBD

Storage racks are used extensively in industry, but are commonly neglected. Damage from forklift strikes and heavy loads is cumulative and can lead to racking collapse if it is not identified and fixed in time, resulting in serious injuries and fatalities involving employees and/or customers, damage to property and products, and disruption to business. This session will review the new User’s Guide for Steel Storage Racks that replaces the A344-1 Guideline and the A344-2 Standard.

Always Connected, Always On: Fatigue in the Workplace

Dr. Sandra Dorman, Ph.D., B.Sc., Director, Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH)

Location: TBD

“[I’m] Not sure if I work at home, or live at work.” (Futurama Fry) - In this day and age, we are always “on” and because of this, many of us are trying to cope with work-related anxiety and fatigue. What key habits contribute to these feelings? And how do we prioritize and change our behaviour to reduce fatigue? In this session, we will discuss key health behaviours related to acute and chronic fatigue in the workplace. In addition, we will learn some strategies to changing behaviour to achieve your personal goals.

Competent Supervisors: A Program You Can Implement

Mark Tranter, Corporate Health and Safety Coordinator, Atlantic Packaging

Jerry Traer, CRSP, Program/Training Specialist, Workplace Safety North (WSN)

Location: TBD

With more emphasis on supervisor responsibilities and accountabilities by the Ministry of Labour and an increase in prosecution of supervisors, it would be prudent for employers to ensure their supervisors are trained to be competent. This presentation will focus on Atlantic Packaging, not only training all of their 150+ supervisors, but also evaluating the supervisor’s months later to ensure they were incorporating the concepts discussed in the training. Further discussion as well will look at some of the recommendations/opportunities for improvement that came out as well as the benefit the organization saw going through this process.