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 hunting accident, took his own life. That following year, Kevin found solace in sledge hockey and set his sights on playing in the Paralympics for Team Canada. 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. He 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
Workplace fatalities 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.

Melissa CutlerMelissa Cutler

Mental Health Advocate and Project Semi-Colon Coordinator

The Invisible Fight

The lives of people with mental health conditions are often plagued by stigma as well as discrimination. Stigma is a reality for many people with a mental illness, and how others judge them is one of their greatest barriers to a complete and satisfying life. Melissa Cutler copes with mental health issues every day. Some days are good, others are not. But talking about the stigma that surrounds people with mental illnesses, and her own personal battle with many different forms of mental illnesses is her passion. Learn about how you can support someone who is struggling, and how you can help to end stigma!

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.

Beyond Coffee and Donuts: Legal Requirements and Effectiveness of Joint H&S Committees (JHSC)

Mike LaSelva, National Accounts Manager, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Few people understand what the JHSC "role" looks like on a daily basis in the workplace. What do you do if you have multiple committees, or committees that are dying a slow death? This session demonstrates the various activities a committee member can actively play throughout the year and how they not only fulfill your legal obligations, but actually help to make your workplace a safer one. You will also learn more about accreditation, and how this can affect your workplace.

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 have been proven to be effective and life-changing? Learn more about the Mindfulness Movement and get resilient!

All Shook up: Occupational Vibration Exposure Health Risk and Interventions

Tammy Eger and Mallorie Leduc, Laurentian University
Learn more about vibration exposure risks associated with operating heavy industrial equipment and powered tools common in mining, forestry and construction. We will also review the effectiveness of control strategies evaluated by the research team including seating, road maintenance, "anti-vibration" tools, and personal protective equipment. A low cost application to measure and monitor exposure to WBV will also be discussed along with the benefits of the CROSH developed Vibration Toolkit intervention.

Ontario Noise Regulations

Warren Clements, Occupational Hygiene Specialist, 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. This session expert will guide you through the regulation and provide some tools to create an action plan 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.

Always Connected, Always On: Fatigue in the Workplace

Dr. Sandra Dorman, Ph.D., B.Sc., Director, Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health
"[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? 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.

Conference Brochure

PIP Northeastern 2017
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Registration Rates

Regular Rate $199 + HST
Student Rate
(with proof of Student ID #)
$49 + HST
Student rate: Available to full time students on proof of Student ID#. Limited spaces available! Early bird discounts do not apply. Must provide student ID number at time of registration, and valid student ID card on-site. Please contact our Customer Care Department at 905-614-1400 or 1-877-494-WSPS (9777) to register and for more information.

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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