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...