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Tuesday May 1

Tue 10:00 AM
10:00 am - 11:00 am
A Primer on Workplace Violence Prevention
Maja McGuire, B.Sc., MLT, CIC, Director, Infection Prevention and OHS Wellness, North York General Hospital

Historically, workplace violence in the hospital setting was viewed as a workplace hazard and part of the job. Addressing workplace violence is about much more than focusing on physical safety or preventing injury to staff, it is about strategies and attitudes that foster the development of a healthy workplace and creating environments that are calming rather than agitating. Learn more about successful approaches to addressing and reducing workplace violence, that require creating a culture that thoughtfully promotes and supports safety.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Back to Life
Peter Tucker, Constable, OPP Officer, Niagara Detachment

Learn about the harrowing motorcycle crash Peter Tucker experienced in 2014 that severed his left leg above the knee and put him in a coma for three weeks. Peter talks about finding his strength and leaning on the unwavering support of those around him. Playing with the cards you are dealt can be challenging. This session explains his struggle to create a new ?normal? in life and striving to reach his pre-accident self.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Brain-Centered Hazards: Risks and Remedies
David Musgrave, Vice President, Brain-Centric Reliability™ System, Dekra Insight

Despite human factors research progress, human performance errors in the workplace continue to commonly occur, increasing operational risk, causing loss of process control and, all too often, injury. Essentially, organizations are one misaligned action away from serious injury or public catastrophe leaving many safety professionals and other operations leaders wondering how to reduce exposure to human performance error? This session arms participants with recent developments in applied neuroscience and explains why human performance errors occur. Gain an understanding of what 'internal hazards' leave us susceptible to error and related results, and develop a plan to address the significant exposure and related risk that the Human-Centered Hazards™ Matrix presents in the workplace. "It's time to take control of human performance error using a systemic approach to inoculate against unplanned events."

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Contractor Safety Management: Aligning Strategy and Culture
Shawn Galloway, President and Chief Operating Officer, ProAct Safety

Contractor safety management has evolved significantly; yet, it still has a long way to go, specifically with aligning safety expectations, programs, cultures and strategies between contractors and the client organizations that engage them. If the strategies conflict, they are useless. Join Shawn Galloway, an icon in the industry, as he helps you explore the next steps in contractor safety management.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
CSA Safeguarding of Machinery: Updates and Need to Knows
Michael Wilson, B.E.Sc., P. Eng., CMSE®, CRSP, Technical Consultant, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services

This awareness session will review several of the updates made in CSA Z432-16 Safeguarding of Machinery. One of the additions includes the concept of functional safety. Functional safety focuses on the performance of the entire control system - including hydraulic, pneumatic and electronic systems. The proper execution of safety functions is critical for controlling many machine related hazards. This session will also review the basic concepts and considerations around functional safety including identifying safety functions.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Effective Inspections: Longo's Road to Implementation
Simon Kaplansky, MBA CHRL, Occupational Health and Safety Leader, Longo's & Grocery Gateway
Tony Volpato, CRSP, Consultant, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

Injuries and illnesses are costly to employers and employees alike. For employers, there are not only direct costs (such as Ministry of Labour fines or WSIB surcharges), but also indirect costs such as paying substitute workers and loss of production. This session will highlight Longo's implementation plan, challenges along the way and the success they are now sharing.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Risk Assessment Redefined: Going Beyond the Traditional Safety Toolbox
Jorge Mitre, P.Eng., APEGGA, Industrial Director, Tenaris

Complexity in workplace dynamics and risk assessment are growing continuously, bringing new challenges to companies and employees every day. Increasing safety performance requires us to look for more complex and sophisticated tools, due to limitations of traditional approaches. Enriching our toolbox can allow us to become more efficient in designing safer work environments.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Visual Literacy: How 'Learning to See' Benefits OHS
John Dony, Director, EHS & Sustainability National Safety Council
Joy Inouye, Research Associate, Campbell Institute National Safety Council

Visual literacy has gained traction in the workplace as a skill/tool to identify hazards that could lead to safety incidents. This presentation will provide background and preliminary results of a research collaboration between the Campbell Institute and the Toledo Museum of Art to demonstrate how visual literacy relates to OSH.

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Legal Access to Marijuana: The Workplace Impact, Why it Matters and How to Manage It
Dr. Bruce Demers, Medical Director and Chief Medical Review Officer, CannAmm
Dan Demers, Senior Manager, Strategic Business Development, CannAmm
Ryan Conlin, Partner, Stringer LLP
Megan MacRae, Executive Director, Human Resources, Toronto Transit Commission
Ken Stuebing, Partner, CaleyWray Lawyers

The topic of marijuana access and its use is sensitive, complex, and highly polarized with issues and implications for health and safety. Employers have questions about how to respond to this new landscape. What changes will have to be made to existing policies and procedures? What if employees' recreational use off-duty affects workplace performance? The panel discussion will help employers to understand the changes, the legal impact, and the implications to health and safety, and will provide guidance on how to manage these challenges in safety sensitive industries.

10:00 am - 12:30 pm
A Day in the Life of a Supervisor in 2018
Mike LaSelva, National Account Manager, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Jennifer Threndyle, AODA Specialist, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

It is not easy being a supervisor today in Ontario. With all the demands of the job, do you have the knowledge and time to meet your legislative requirements? In this workshop, we will discuss what a "Competent" supervisor should know and what they should be doing daily to protect their workers and themselves. Learn more about your responsibilities under the AODA, and what role you play with specific legislation such Violence and Harassment policies. We will have some tips and tricks to help you survive the daily issues that may arise. This interactive workshop promises to be educational AND fun, with stories from the trenches and case studies. Carswell is even donating supervisor log books for each participant!

10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Managing Addictions: Stress & Mental Wellbeing
Allan Kehler, B. Ed., B. Ph. Ed, Author and Mental Health Advocate

Do you have the ability to effectively recognize when someone is experiencing personal hardships? Having the tools to respond and proactively address these situations when they arise is essential and the positive ripple effect can be seen in the workplace as a whole. Life will naturally bring us challenges and stress?the key is moving forward so that it doesn't impact other areas of our lives. Through a fun and interactive quiz, Allan ensures that all participants walk away with an increased understanding of these prevalent issues.

Tue 11:30 AM
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Are Canadian Workers Really Better Off? Understanding U.S. Health & Safety (OSHA) and Workers Compensation Requirements
Rita Grikinis, BSc (Hons), CRSP, CRM Assistant Vice President, Casualty Risk Control Canada
Jeet Tulshi, MBA, PMP, CRSP, Service Director, Casualty Risk Control Canada

Don?t miss this session if you are an employee of a Canadian company with operations in the US, a Canadian subsidiary of a US company, or a Canadian company which aspires to expand operations in the US. There are key differences between the Canadian and US health, safety and compensation systems. Learn more about the 'prescriptive' US requirements vs Performance Based Canadian rules. You will also hear about External responsibility in the US vs internal responsibility in Canada, and what you need to know about US workers' compensation.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Canada's Safest Employers
Amanda Silliker, Editor, COS Magazine
Chloe Ferguson, Health and Safety Specialist, Voyageur Transportation
David Irwin, Safety Manager, Walsh Canada

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.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Essentials for a Successful Hearing Conservation Program
Karen Vye, Audiologist & Hearing Conservation, Program Specialist, Workplace Medical Corporation

According to the World Health Organization, noise Induced hearing loss (NIHL) is the most common permanent and preventable occupational injury in the world but it doesn't have to be. An effective hearing conservation program (HCP) can virtually eliminate this condition. This session will provide an overview of the six key elements and best practices of a successful program.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Lift Truck Managed Systems: What Do They Look Like
David Mustard, Consultant, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

Material handling equipment used in today's warehousing operations are not your basic lift trucks any more. Yes, their primary function is still to move material from A to B, but we have seen many technical advances that are helping to make the industry more productive. In the not too distant future, lift truck systems will look quite different. The equipment will likely be connected, automated and programmable. Regardless of how technically advanced we become, the implementation of a lift truck safety program will continue to be a critical component of the operation. Attend this session to learn about the ins and outs of a properly managed system.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Nanotechnology: The Next Big Thing is Really Small
Wagish Yajaman, MHSc., CIH, CRSP, Technical Services Supervisor, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

Nano scale engineered materials are found in food, clothing, paints and other novel innovations being developed in the lab. But what are the known effects and more importantly the unknown effects on employees, the public and the environment? This session provides insight into these areas and increases your awareness of the Nano world of the future.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Psychosocial Ergonomics
Melissa Statham, B.Ed., MHK, CCPE, Ergonomist, ACE, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers Inc. (OHCOW)

With recent changes to legislation and standards, the importance of incorporating psychosocial hazards into a comprehensive health and safety program is becoming a focus of employers. This session will introduce the audience to what psychosocial ergonomics is and how these hazards can contribute to musculoskeletal injuries. Literature and statistics will be presented along with ways to assess psychosocial hazards and perform effective workplace interventions.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stand Up To Stigma
Big Daddy Tazz , Comedian and Mental Illness, Stigma Fighter

They say that laughter is the best medicine. Often described as "one of the most talented comics in the business," Big Daddy Tazz is part comedian and part motivator, who likes to enlighten, educate and inspire. While he cracks jokes at his own struggles with mental illness, he will be the first to tell you about the importance of having compassion. With his newest endeavour, "Stand Up Against Stigma", Tazz believes that it is time to educate, embrace and empower so that we can all stand tall and give stigma a bad name.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
WSIB 'Claims Suppression': New Compliance Issues and Employer Penalties: What You Need to Know and Why
Laura Russell, B.Sc., CRSP, Paralegal, CompClaim A Consulting Practice of Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP
Julie Weller, Associate Lawyer, Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP

More than a year has passed since the WSIB legislated compliance provisions regarding 'claims suppression', but do you know what it is and whether your workplace is demonstrating symptoms of it? In addition to potential charges against the employer (provincial offenses), the administrative penalty provisions came into effect January 1, 2018. As a result, the WSIB has developed and piloted its Administrative Penalty program. Workplace parties may unknowingly be participating in practices that breach these provisions. In light of the changing legal landscape and increasing focus on claims suppression, it is imperative that employers, workers, and unions understand how to navigate WSIB claim reporting in a manner that avoids even a perception of suppressing WSIB claims.

Tue 2:30 PM
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Human Factors in Pedestrian Safety
Don Patten, BHK, RKin, CCPE, CRSP, Ergonomics Specialist, Technical Services, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Brian McInnes, CPE, Provincial Ergonomist, Ministry of Labour (MOL)

Human Factors is the study of how humans behave physically and psychologically in relation to particular environments, products, or services. Learn an integrated approach that is constantly assessing the interactions between people, equipment and procedures, in order to understand how people interact with facilities and equipment. This session will review the human factors involved in pedestrian safety, using Line of Sight Methodologies, and 3D imaging technology.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Ministry of Labour Priorities for 2018-2019
Peter Augruso, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Labour (MOL)

This session will familiarize you with the Ministry of Labour's role in workplace safety and the Safe At Work Ontario compliance strategy. Attend this session to hear more about the Ministry's priorities for 2018-19, the dates for upcoming enforcement blitzes and highlights from Ministry sector plans.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
NEW: PTSD Guidelines and Strategies for Your Workplace
Dr. Ash Bender, MD, FRCP(C), Occupational Psychiatrist and Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Kim Slade, Director, Emerging Markets and Commercialization, Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA)

This session will provide an overview the PTSD prevention framework utilized in the First Responder First initiative, www.firstrespondersfirst.ca and its applicability to other sectors. The framework was required to submit PTSD prevention plans to the Ministry of Labour under the Supporting Ontario's First Responders Act, 2016. Employer experiences will be discussed. Learn how you can overcome barriers and challenges to the implementation of a PTSD prevention plan. Join us to understand how PTSD might present itself in your workplace and steps to develop a PTSD prevention plan.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Rate Framework: Transforming the WSIB's Premium Rate Setting Model
Sean Baird, Vice President, Employer Services Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)

The WSIB is transforming the way premium rates are set for almost 300,000 businesses all across Ontario. Our new premium rate setting model will increase fairness, boost transparency, and be more reflective of individual employer claims experience. As we get closer to implementation in 2020, we're here to support you and ensure you're prepared for our new model.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Orlando Bowen, Game Changer & Motivational Speaker

Ten years ago, Orlando thought he was about to die. Pinned to the ground and enduring a savage beating, the then-CFL linebacker had been jumped by two plainclothes police officers, an injustice which was the first of many laid against him at the hands of the police force. "In that moment, knowing my life was about to end, I'm thinking, I didn't give everything I had to make a difference." Later completely exonerated of any wrong doing, Orlando incredibly has publicly forgiven his perpetrators and has dedicated his life to inspiring others to pursue excellence in all they do. He spent five seasons in the Canadian Football League with the Argos and Hamilton Tiger-Cats, before the concussion he suffered at the hands of the police forced him to quit the sport. Orlando is now the founder and executive Director of One Voice One Team Youth Leadership, which empowers youth to utilize leadership skills and talents to better themselves and their community. He has been repeatedly recognized for his incredible work. He was bestowed with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013; and was the national 2014 Harry Jerome Award winner for community service.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Sitting On the Job Or Standing? Which Is Best?
Marnie Downey, R.Kin., M.Sc., CCPE, President/ Ergonomist, Ergo Inc.
Dr. Peter Smith, Senior Scientist/Research Chair in Gender, Work and Health, Institute for Work and Health (IWH)
Dr. Aviroop Biswas, Mustard postdoctoral fellow, Institute for Work and Health (IWH)

This session will review the most up to date research and help us better explain what really is going on with sitting and standing at work. We will discuss what employers are doing to solve the issue of prolonged sitting at work and how to determine if a sit stand workstation is the solution. The types of sit stand options, including all-in-ones and fully adjustable work surfaces will be evaluated so your organization can make informative decisions. Lastly, an accommodation case study will be presented so we can apply our knowledge to a real workplace situation and learn about the complications that can arise and be prepared to address them appropriately.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Stop Falls Before They Stop You: What it Takes to Work Safely at Heights
Sean Hooper, I.R.A.T.A./S.P.R.A.T rope access technician and N.F.P.A certified Rescue Technician/Trainer, Health and Safety Trainer for High Risk Activity, Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA)

Falls are a major cause of injury and death in Ontario workplaces. The vast majority of these accidents are falls from heights,even though the height may be no more than two or three metres. This informative session will focus on the rights and responsibilities of workplace parties to work safely at heights.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
The Future of Safety Excellence: Partnering to ZERO
Sean Scott, Senior District Health, Safety and Environment Manager, PCL Constructors Canada Inc.

By working as partners, and not just individual companies, we fully believe that together we will achieve our industry's vision of ensuring that everyone returns home safely, every day. Through case studies and interactive discussion, this session will touch on; trials, tribulations and lessons learned on the path to achieving safety excellence, the culture of zero and the barriers to achieving this, construction smarts and lifesaving absolutes, the changing role of technology in the field and data analytics, and the importance for all organizations to get on board with COR™.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
What Rocks and What Sucks with Employee Recognition
Vera Asanin, President and Publisher, Your Workplace (sponsored by Kimberly Clark Professional)

Making people feel valued is cheaper and easier than you might think. Giving someone a watch for sticking around for 30 years seems like an outdated practice in this day and age. Especially given the fact that the majority of employees won't stay at an organization for five years, let alone 30. Recent research shows that 69% of the organizations surveyed cited increasing employee engagement as their top objective. However, when you look at what actually drives engagement, it's being appreciated, having your manager recognize you've done a good job and feeling that your organization appreciates you-things that are all better achieved through manager-to-employee or peer-to-peer recognition than long-service rewards. Why is it that some organizations continue to suck at recognition while other totally rock? Learn more at this session.

2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
EHS Management in the Era of Digital Enterprise
Maxime Ouellet, Eng., Chief Technology Officer, ConformIt

In the past few years, a wind of change is transforming markets and organizations: that of digitalization. What do these changes signify and more importantly, what will be their impact on EHS leaders? Attend this innovative EHS digitalization workshop where you will discover how the role of EHS managers evolves in the era of the digital enterprise and how new technologies can assist you in your daily tasks in the field. Learn more about the concepts of BigData, AI, IOT, Cloud, Analytics, and AR with EHS processes Management.

2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Introduction to Process Safety Management and CAN/CSA Z-767-17
Graeme Norval, Ph.D., P.Eng., Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto
Amanda Sistilli, P.Eng., Process Safety Specialist, ERCO Worldwide
Parnian Jadidian, Candidate for MASc Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto

Process Safety Management (PSM) is a management system that manages the hazards associated with chemicals during the manufacturing, processing, storage, transportation and use in the workplace. In 2017, CAN/CSA Z-767-17 Process Safety Management was developed by members of the Canadian Society of Chemical Engineers (CSChE) PSM Division who acted on the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Technical Committee. This principles-based standard is meant to bridge the gap in legislation by offering guidance on how PSM can be implemented across industries where chemicals are handled or stored. In this workshop we will discuss the basic principles of process safety management and then review the key points of CAN/CSA Z-767-17. The goal is to share and discuss ways in which PSM can complement an established OHS management system to enhance safe operations in the workplace.

Tue 4:00 PM
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
All Shook Up: Occupational Vibration Exposure: Health Risks and Interventions
Dr. Tammy Eger, Associate Professor, Laurentian University; Director, Centre for Research in Occupational Safety & Health (CROSH)

Learn more about vibration exposure risks associated with operating heavy industrial equipment and powered tools. The effectiveness of control strategies evaluated by the research team including seating, road maintenance, "anti-vibration" tools, and personal protective equipment will also be discussed. Learn more about a low cost application to measure and monitor exposure to WBV with the benefits of the Vibration Toolkit intervention.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Conveyor Safety Requirements in the Workplace
Doug Critch, Automation & Solution Safety Specialist, Proax Technologies

Is your conveyor system compliant with current CSA safety regulations? This session will highlight some basics of the CSA regulations for different conveyor types. Doug will also demonstrate from former work projects a number of safety options for you as a manufacturer or integrator. With an open Q&A at the end of the session, make sure you bring any questions you might have about safeguarding your conveyor with products such as fencing, light curtains, sensors, PLCs, and much more.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cumulative Trauma: Physiological Effects, Prevention Strategies & Stories from the Trenches
Steve Redmond, President, Code 4

We have all heard about PTSD, cumulative stress, secondary trauma/compassion fatigue, and addictions, but how can we prevent these issues? Steve will relate his own stories as a first responder, and describe the negative impact these challenges have on our lives, careers, and families. Learn about methods in which we can prevent these issues and the negative impacts they have, with awareness and good self-care. A review of treatment options for an individual or family will also be discussed. We need to change the culture of "dismissing" mental health issues when we see a co-worker, friend, or family member in crisis. "If you see something, say something."

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Development of the new MSD Prevention Guideline for Ontario
Dr. Richard Wells, Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo, CRE-MSD
Dr. Amin Yazdani, PhD. Kin. MSc. BSc., Research Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo

The Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD) is leading a multi-stakeholder initiative to develop a new MSD Prevention Guideline. Progress on the project will be described and the presenters will share a draft version of the Guideline with attendees.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Manganese and Welding
David Gruber, Ch. Eng., Sales Export Manager, Lincoln Electric Co. of Canada

Finding ways to address welding fume to ensure compliance with local jurisdictions and regulatory bodies has been a challenge across Canada. Particularly; the American Council of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) has recently released new recommendations for Manganese welding fume exposure. This presentation focuses on the variety of process and solutions available to address welding fume and manganese in the short term as well as long term planning.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
NEW: Guideline for Working Around Overhead Wires
George Minow, Health Safety and Wellness Manager, Kitchener Wilmot Hydro

The highest incidents of electrical fatalities are by far from contact with overhead equipment. With an increase in electrical contacts by non-electrical workers, education is needed to keep workers safe around electricity. There is a lot of legislation around this, but little training for those who work outside of the electrical sector. If you work in outdoor construction or maintenance this session will provide you with initial training to recognize hazards and assess if more measures need to be taken.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Putting Due Diligence into Action
Scott Hood , CET, CRSP, BASc, Manager, Consulting Services, GTA West, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Dr. David Eden, Regional Supervising Coroner, Ministry of Community Services

We have all heard the term 'due diligence', but what does it really mean? How can you prove it? This session will explore how due diligence is critical, and how it can be an important piece of the puzzle during a Trial or Coroner's Inquest. Hear first-hand from a Coroner, how due diligence is explained to juries, why it's important, and how you can determine if your company is on the right track. Real case studies from actual inquests will also be discussed.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Workplace Harassment: Managing Evolving Enforcement and Obligations
Jeremy Warning, Partner, Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP
Deanah I. Shelly, Associate, Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP

Workplace harassment obligations in the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act expanded in September 2016 with prescribed requirements for program development, investigations, and the reporting of investigation outcomes. However, there was not an immediate evolution in enforcement measures by the Ministry of Labour. That has now changed and Ministry Inspectors are conducting active enforcement that can create challenges for employers. This can include requiring employers to produce the entirety of their investigation and to detail the discipline imposed on a perpetrator when reporting to the complainant. In this session, experienced occupational health and safety lawyers, including a former Ministry of Labour prosecutor, will discuss these developing and challenging enforcement practices and provide practical tips and practices to respond to them. The session will also discuss best practices for conducting an investigation that is appropriate in the circumstances.

Wednesday May 2

Wed 10:00 AM
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Active Shooter: Planning and Response Strategies
Jim Rovers, Senior Vice President, AFIMAC Global

This session will give your organization suggestions to help you minimize an active shooter situation. We begin with what is the most critical element of the plan?effective and timely communication to local public emergency services and all facility/property occupants. We will then outline the deployment guidelines for on-site security forces and their co-operation with public emergency service personnel, the establishment of a command post to co-ordinate the lock down procedures, the apprehension of the shooter, and finally the incident documentation and evaluation.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Apps for Noise: Just a Screening Tool or is it More Than That?
Warren Clements, Occupational Hygiene Specialist, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

In this day and age it isn?t surprising to see that there are now apps that are trying to replace a traditional measuring tool for noise, a Sound Level Meter (SLM). The attraction is that these apps are either free or low cost, making them accessible to anyone, but are they accurate? What about standards providing guidance to measure noise? Who might use the app and why? If you do use an app, should considerations be made to make it more accurate? Together we will explore a few of these issues and compare the use of an app against measurements taken with a SLM.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
High Risk Management for Your Own Employees AND Contractors: Not Totally There Yet?
Anne-Sophie Tétreault, Eng., Lean Master, Cognibox

Significant progress has been made over the last decade in reducing injury and illness of contractors. But fatalities and severe incidents have not followed the same rate of decrease. Why? Large corporations in high risk industries are tackling the problem for their own employees, with success. But this is where the challenge lies: good practices that worked for internal staff need adaptation to the reality of entities and individuals that are outside a corporation's internal channels of communications and systems.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Managing Depression in the Workplace: Bridging Research and Practice
Morgane Le Pouésard, M.A., B.Sc. (hon), Research Associate and Project Coordinator, Institute for Work & Health (IWH)

Workers with depression lose more health-related productive time, have higher rates of absenteeism and short-term disability, and experience higher rates of job turnover than those without depression. To help workplace parties support employees, researchers from the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) collaborated with workplaces and health practitioners to create an easy-to-use free resource to aid in supporting employees with depression in the workplace. Learn more about this valuable tool, and actionable steps you can utilize to better support your employees.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
OH&S Management System for High Risk Work - COR™
Paul Casey, Vice President, Programs & Strategic Development, Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA)

Workplace buyers and users of construction, and other high risk work, are turning to the Certificate of Recognition (COR?) program to manage OH&S risks on their jobsites. Learn more about Ontario?s COR? offered by the IHSA, hear about the growing list of buyers which require COR?, as well as how COR? drives positive workplace outcomes.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Research Responding to Workplace Needs
Marie-Hélène Poirier, Knowledge Transfer Advisor, Institut de recherche RobertSauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST)

There has been considerable research on nursing staff; however, much of the knowledge gained from these studies has never been transferred to nurses themselves. To this end, a practical tool was developed to give nurses and managers strategies for the application of preventive practices. Further research with adolescents with learning disabilities shows they are particularly vulnerable in terms of OHS because they have manual jobs and are inexperienced, making it harder to learn about OHS. Under the WOTP program, the instructors ensure that risks present during the training do not compromise the learning process and health of students and help them develop OHS skills.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Safety is Personal: Moving from Compliance to Commitment
Lindsay Conley, CRSP, Corporate Health & Safety, Bruce Power L.P
Randy Taylor, CRSP, Safety & Technical Training, Bruce Power L.P

How can we build an emotional link with employees leading to better safety and operating performance? The Bruce Power team will tell you how they do it. This session will share branding methods designed to inspire and motivate workers to make safer decisions while on the job.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
The Safety Training Logic: Reducing Risk Through Competency Mapping
Dave Cooper, Operations Chief, Training and Compliance Services, Safety Skills

Managers responsible for safety training assignments face many problems in assigning accurate and relevant training and making sure it is done in a timely manner. Training is commonly incorrectly assigned, whether that be over-assigned, under-assigned or missed entirely. The session will discuss the reasons for this and demonstrate examples whereby training assignments are sometimes not optimal for either individuals or organizations.

10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Construction Project? Yes or No?
Lou Terpstra, Consultant, Infrastructure Health & Safety Association
Steve Hinds, Health and Safety Manager, Arcelor-Mittal Dofasco
Betty Lofthouse, Consultant, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Jennifer MacFarlane, Key Account Manager, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

An interactive session with a lively panel of experts? have you ever wondered if your project is a Construction Project or Maintenance Project? While employers can contract out work, they cannot contract out their legal responsibilities for health and safety. What are some tips on handling third party providers? Get answers to these questions and more. Ask our panel of industry experts from the construction and industrial sectors including IHSA, WSPS, MOL and Arcelor-Mittal Dofasco.

10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment
Daryl Upton, Senior Consulting Services Development Lead, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Sujoy Dey, Ph.D, CRM, Corporate Risk Officer, Ministry of Labour (MOL)

Part 1 - Risk Assessment @ the System Level : How MOL and CPO office are Successfully Engaging Major Industry Sectors, and More Importantly, Why? Over the past 3 years the Ontario Ministry of Labour have worked collectively with engaged stakeholders representing industry and labour. Participants will learn how the Prevention Office is consulting with stakeholders to identify major hazards and adverse events using facilitated risk assessment workshops. Participants will also learn how this knowledge is providing new insights that enable risk- based prevention efforts. Learn more about the process taken, perspectives and experiences gained.

Part 2 - Hazard Identification and Preliminary Risk Analysis @ The Employer Level Nothing can be more important than knowing the hazards and risks that go with the job, and how they are being controlled. Health and Safety Managed Systems around the world require employers to conduct Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment, resulting in inventories that live and breathe with healthy businesses and organizations. This interactive workshop will take participants through the steps that many employers are taking to develop effective risk registries. In alignment to CSA Z1002, participants will walk through a qualitative Hazard Identification and preliminary Risk Analysis exercise.

10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Ministry of Labour Mock Trial
Jeremy Warning, Partner, Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP
Indira Stewart, Crown Counsel, Ministry of Labour
His Worship Donald Dudar, Justice of the Peace

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.

Wed 11:30 AM
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Blitz-Proof Your Workplace: How to Survive and Thrive During an Inspection
Cynthia Sefton, Partner, Aird & Berlis LLP
David Reiter, Partner, Aird & Berlis LLP

Each year, the Ontario Ministry of Labour visits various workplaces without warning as part of its Occupational Health and Safety Act enforcement strategy, issuing orders and laying charges in its wake. Is your workplace prepared for an unannounced inspection? Tap into the expertise of two skilled occupational health and safety law specialists as they share tips on how to effectively prepare your workplace for an inspection, offer advice on interacting with the inspector during the site visit, and discuss your rights as an employer as well as your options for challenging orders and charges.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Complex Return to Work Cases: Accommodating Cognitive and Physical Impairments
Rachel Mitchell, MSc Human Factors, RKin, CCPE, Ergonomist, Ergo Inc.

This session will outline the challenges associated with achieving successful Return to Work outcomes when dealing with complex physical and cognitive impairments, as well as some common missteps that occur throughout the Return to Work process. Using case studies of concussions and chronic pain, participants will be provided with methods for avoiding common pitfalls, determining whether a job match exists, and how to implement ergonomic strategies to improve the odds of a safe and sustainable Return to Work.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Diesel Exhaust: What Do We Know and Why We Should Pay Attention
Victoria Arrandale, B.Sc. M.Sc., Ph.D, Occupational Cancer Research Centre, OCRC
Jozef Stachulak, PhD., P.Eng, Manager, Strategic Ventilation and Diesel Research, Mirarco Mining Innovation
Kate Jardine, B.Sc. M.Sc., Research Associate, Occupational Cancer Research Centre, OCRC

There has been mounting concern about the cancer-causing potential of diesel exhaust, particularly based on findings in epidemiological studies of workers exposed in various settings. Results show that approximately 560 lung cancers and 200 suspected bladder cancers are attributed to occupational exposure to diesel engine exhaust each year in Canada, based on 2011 cancer statistics. Attend this session to learn more about the learn more about the Burden of Cancer report as it relates to diesel and what the Ontario Prevention system is doing to help.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Human Centric Design: How to Choose PPE That Can Boost Compliance AND Your Key Performance Indicators
Kim MacDougall, Global R&D Kimberly-Clark Professional

Choices for Personal Protective Equipment can hinder your productivity and performance. That’s because PPE decisions are often made in a silo to deliver solely on safety compliance and regulatory needs. Come learn how research in Human Centric Design can help you to start asking better questions when choosing PPE. This interactive session will give you a chance to get hands on experience to learn how choosing the right PPE that is designed for your tasks can boost your compliance AND your KPIs (key performance indicators).

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Human Physiology, Performance and Safety: Engineering Our Workforce
Mike Wahl, Ph.D, Senior Director, Wellness Services Horizon Occupational Health Solutions, division of Medisys

Employers today face complex challenges that impact the health and well-being of our workers; such as the remote nature of our working environments, shift work and fatigue, mental health challenges, and a rise in automation leading to sedentary jobs. These factors may predispose workers to becoming susceptible to long term disability, injury or incident. This presentation will highlight case studies and scientific research, from heavy industry, illustrating the role of lifestyle intervention, injury prevention education and worker physical capacity assessment as an effective means of reducing the risk of illness and injury and their associated costs to organizations both financially and operationally.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Measuring Stress in the Workplace
John Oudyk, CiH, ROH, Occupational Hygienist, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)

Now that the WSIB will be recognizing disablements due to chronic stress, it is important for workplaces to know what kinds of stress are present in the workplace. OHCOW and CCOHS have developed a tool for measuring workplace stress called StressAssess. This presentation will review the research that went into developing the tool and show you how it can be used to improve the psychological health and safety in your workplace. There will also be a chance to try out the tool yourself.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Non-occupational Electrical Injuries
Dr. Joel Moody, Director, Safety Risk, Policy and Innovation, Electrical Safety Authority

Electrical injuries can be associated with significant morbidity and mortality. In children, the injuries tend to occur in non-occupational settings such as homes, but they can also occur in occupational settings such as schools or day care settings. This presentation will describe the epidemiological findings related to electrical injury in children, and present strategies that have been developed to prevent and to reduce the incidence of these injuries in children.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
What You Know Can Hurt You: Risk Assessment for Equipment
Michael Wilson, B.E.Sc., P. Eng., CMSE®, CRSP, Technical Consultant, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services

Estimating risk is one thing ? a comprehensive risk assessment is another. Before installing, modifying or even building a machine, it is a good practice to carefully review potential hazards and the related risk. Your advantage: Identifying measures for risk reduction can be incorporated early in the design phases ? doing away with cost-intensive and laborious rework on machinery. Learn more about good practices and common elements of a sound risk assessment approach This session will outline hazard identification, an overview of a risk assessment methodology, apply the hierarchy of controls and discuss good practice approaches that can be found across CSA, ANSI, ISO standards related to machine safety.

Wed 2:45 PM
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
7 Key Elements to Assess JHSC Effectiveness
Yvonne O'Reilly, CRSP, Owner, O'Reilly Health and Safety Consulting

One of the keys to evolving your safety culture and achieving continuous improvement is an effective Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC). Your internal responsibility system (IRS) is strengthened by a knowledgeable, motivated and supported committee. This interactive presentation will allow you to self-assess your committee based on 7 key aspects including structure, goals, and feedback. New or established committees will both take away tips to create an action plan to improve their effectiveness and benefit the safety culture at their workplace.

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Addressing Mental Health in a Workplace Context
Amy Fogarty, Business Development Officer, Mental Health First Aid and Opening Minds
Drew Douglas, Health and Safety Coordinator, Chippewas of Rama First Nation

If or when a situation pertaining to mental health arises in the workplace, do you think your employees would feel confident to respond? You can prepare your workplace by building a culture of psychological health and safety through training programs offered by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Hear from Amy Fogarty, Business Development Officer, about how The Working Mind and Mental Health First Aid can help better equip your employees, managers and executives to feel more comfortable interacting about mental health, promote mental well-being at work while fostering a supportive work environment.

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Chronic Mental Stress

Good mental health is key to having healthy and productive workplaces in Ontario. Effective January 1, 2018 people with work-related chronic mental stress may be eligible for WSIB benefits. Officials from the WSIB will describe the recent legislative and policy changes related to chronic mental stress, as well as the WSIB?s service delivery approach.

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Confined Space Programs: Understanding and Applying the Legislation
Gene Prezio, Foreman/ Management, Highland Equipment Inc

Legislation can be daunting, and sometimes difficult to communicate. This session will discuss how you can engage workers into understanding the legislation is easy to apply. Learn more about developing policies that are clear and concise from the perspective of a constructor, and the entrant. Ownership of responsibility by both directors and supervisors, as well entrants will also be reviewed, along with stories from the trenches ? how healthy program.

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Death By Powerpoint?

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 and presentations 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!

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Hot Topics in OHS Law
Jeremy Warning, Partner, Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP
Deanah I. Shelly, Associate, Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP

In this session, experienced occupational health and safety 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: the relationship between the general duty clause and the regulations, historic changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act, sentencing developments, the scope of the workplace under the Canada Labour Code, and due diligence. In addition to hearing about recent legal developments, this session will feature a question period for attendees to have their occupational health and safety law questions addressed.

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Safety in Practice: Applying Behavior-Based Safety to Serious Injury and Fatality
Teg Matthews, Vice President, Dekra Insight

This presentation explores ways to adapt a behavior-based safety (BBS) process to address serious injuries and fatalities (SIF). A typical BBS observation doesn?t probe deep enough to discover and document SIF exposures. But this process can be modified to identify the precursors, pre-conditions, and exposures that lead to SIF incidents.

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Too Much of a Good Thing: Can You Go Overboard with Operational Discipline?
Alfonsius Ariawan, Global Implementation Architect, DuPont Sustainable Solutions

Typically, doing things the ?right way? is often interpreted synonymously with adhering to procedures. While adhering to procedures is certainly an important characteristic of an Operationally Disciplined culture, it is not the only one. Often neglected is the characteristic of being ?risk sensitive?. Over-reliance to procedures without being risk aware have been shown to contribute to the problem of blind trust. It erodes an organizations confidence with the belief it has built a disciplined culture. In this presentation, we share our experience in combating such problems by relying on simple tools and engagement strategies to build a culture that is truly operationally disciplined.


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