Prevention System Updates

Workplace safety can relieve pressure on an overburdened health care system

Release Date:  Apr 22, 2013

April 22, 2013 – Mississauga, ON – Canadians are paying more than ever for a health care system that is under strain and in need of transformation. Glen Hodgson, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist with the Conference Board of Canada, will speak to the need for change and the critical role that workplace prevention programs can play in the transformation of Canada’s ailing health care system – on Tuesday, April 30 at 2 p.m. as part of the Partners in Prevention 2013 Health & Safety Conference and Trade Show, at the International Centre, Mississauga, ON.

Workplace injuries and illnesses burden the health care system, not only in the initial stages of treatment, but for years after. Evidence shows that workplace injuries and illness affect the physical and emotional wellbeing of workers and can extend use of the health care system beyond what is covered by the Workers Compensation Boards1.

The Conference Board of Canada’s Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care (CASHC) has recommended five priority areas for transformation, including improving the overall health of Canadians, and identified employers as significant contributors to this priority area.

In his session, Hodgson will share early findings of the CASHC and will talk about the business benefits that employers can realize by contributing to this transformation.

“Employers need to accept that they have a role to play in transforming our health care system. They have people for 30 to 40 hours a week. They need to think of the benefits of investing in their wellbeing. A successful workplace prevention program can help them attract and retain employees, enhance engagement, and boost profitability and productivity,” says Hodgson.

Elizabeth Mills, President and CEO of Workplace Safety & Prevention Services says,“We work with our customers to help them realize the numerous business benefits that can be gained by creating a culture of health and safety. Studies have shown that in Canada, employers see a return on investment of between $1.50 and $6.00 for every dollar invested in workplace health and safety.”

Partners in Prevention 2013 is Canada’s largest health and safety event for business success, bringing together over 4,500 professionals for networking, education and knowledge sharing. It is hosted by Ontario’s Prevention System partners and is the flagship of the Partners in Prevention conference series.  For more information or to register, visit www.PartnersinPreventionConference.com or contact the Customer Care Department: Toll-free: 1-877-494-9777 or customercare@wsps.ca

1 Healthcare use before and after a workplace injury in British Columbia, Canada, Institute for Work and Health, 2007

Media contact: 
Jana Manolakos
Manager, Corporate Reputation
(905) 614-2148 or 1-877-494-9777 (2148)
jana.manolakos@wsps.ca