Northeastern Ontario Health and Safety Symposium

New Event for 2017!

SteelWorkers' Union Hall & Conference Center
66 Brady St, Sudbury, Ontario
October 12, 2017

Mock Coroner's Inquest

Mock Coroner's Inquest

Morning Workshop: Mock Coroner's Inquest

Afternoon Workshop

Afternoon Workshop

Being Wrong, Managing Conflict and Solving Problems - Presented by the Dispute Resolution Services Division of the MOL.

Conference Schedule

Kevin RempelKevin Rempel

2014 Sochi Paralympic Bronze Medalist & Author

Still Standing: Managing Change and the 10 Commandments of Resiliency

Kevin Rempel has faced unimaginable adversity at a young age. Paralyzed after a motocross crash in 2006, Kevin had to face unsurmountable odds while learning to walk again at the age of 23. One year later Kevin's father Gerry, who was paraplegic after a workplace accident, took his own life. That following year, "Remps" as he likes to be called by his friends, found sledge hockey and set his sights on making Team Canada and playing in the Paralympics. Since then he has travelled the world, inspired thousands of people, and has published his biography titled "Still Standing - When You Have Every Reason To Give Up, Keep Going". Kevin's story has been featured around the world on TSN, BBC Sport, and CTV. Kevin is an ambassador for RBC, Wings For Life, and Movember. To this day Kevin still loves to ride his motorcycle and is focused on helping grow the sport of sledge hockey through his newest venture, the Sledge Hockey Experience.

Mock Coroner's Inquest

Dr. David Cameron, Regional Supervising Coroner, Ryan Conlin, Partner, Stringer LLP
Scott Hood, Consulting Services Manager, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

Workplace fatalities are tragic. They affect everyone: families and co-workers, as well as the community at large. In certain circumstances, a Coroner's Inquest is called into a workplace death. The Inquest is a public hearing into the events that led to the tragedy and a jury is charged to come up with recommendations to prevent similar deaths in the future. Learn what a Coroner's Inquest seeks to discover in a workplace fatality, through this mock scenario, complete with witnesses, jury members and legal counsel. The regional coroner will also be on hand to explain the Inquest process.

Lunch and Networking 12:00 - 12:45 pm

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)

In this workshop you will learn how and why conflict can escalate. Understand 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.

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

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

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. Addiction to opioids has become more prevalent and opioid use in the workplace 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, putting themselves and others at risk of having an accident in the workplace. 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.

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)

"[I'm] Not sure if I work at home, or live at work." - Fry, Futurama

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? Learn key health behaviours related to acute and chronic fatigue in the workplace and strategies to changing habits to achieve your personal goals.

There's An App for That!

Elisha Malette, Account Manager, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Don’t miss the only session of the day where it is encouraged to sneak a peek at your phone! In this day and age it isn't surprising to see that there are now apps that replace our measuring tools including: levels, noise and light meters, whole body vibration and even ergonomic apps. The majority of these are either free or low cost, making them accessible to anyone. Together we will explore a number of these health, safety and productivity apps to strengthen your safety system and communication. Need a reminder for this session? There's an App for that too...

Ontario Noise Regulations

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

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.

Everyone Has Liability in Workplace Situations

Cynthia Sefton and David Reiter, Partners, Occupational Health & Safety, Aird & Berlis LLP
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.

Mindfulness and Resiliency - How to Bounce Back after Adversity

Lisa Lounsbury, Co-founder, New Day Wellness
Often companies are looking for new innovative ways to train staff to be more resilient and remain highly productive in a stressful environment. By learning and understanding the concept of mindfulness and resiliency, workers can quickly be equipped with enhanced concentration, memory and learning abilities, improved leadership skills and team work. Mindfulness builds resiliency which allows for the ability to "bounce back" after adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or other personal problems. Want to learn new tools that has been proven to be effective and life-changing? Learn more about the Mindfulness Movement and get resilient.

Registration Rates

Regular Rate
After September 15, 2016
$199 + HST

Volume Discounts

Registrations Discount
6 to 9 5%
10 to 15 10%
16 to 20 15%
21 or more 20%
Registration Rates include continental breakfast, keynote speakers, lunch, conference sessions and admission to trade show. The early bird rate cannot be combined with any other discount or special offer. Volunteer, safety group, volume discounts and any other discounts or special offers cannot be combined.

We reserve the right to make venue and date changes with notice, speaker changes without notice and to cancel an event due to low registrations. No refunds or cancellations accepted after October 5, 2017. Substitutions welcome.

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