Chronic Mental Stress
Bev Glenn-Graham and Melissa Brown, Managers, Complex Claims and Sharon Willems, Manager, RTW, Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB)
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 Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (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.
Guideline for Working Around Overhead Wires
George Minow, Health Safety and Wellness Manager, Kitchener Wilmot Hydro
Workplace dynamics and complexity are growing continuously, bringing new challenges to the companies and employees every day. Traditional approaches based on training, signing, etc. are extensively in use, but bringing only marginal improvements. The industry’s commitment to permanently increase safety performance requires us to look for more complex and sophisticated tools. In looking at the late findings in behavior economics, we can see the limitations of our traditional approach as well as find new opportunities to enrich our toolbox and become more efficient in designing safer work environments.
Cyber Security, Fraud, Theft and Altered Documents Internally
Jason Murray, Detective, Waterloo Regional Police
Constable Jason Murray is a detective with the Waterloo Regional Police Service and is currently assigned to the Fraud Branch. His presentation will provide participants with information on current fraud trends in our region, strategies for staying safe, and what to do in the event you or someone you know has been victimized by fraud.
The Impact of a High Participation Safety Culture
Josh LeBrun, President and Chief Operating Officer, eCompliance
How do you define a strong Safety Culture? Josh LeBrun, President and COO of eCompliance will share findings from a Stanford research study that shows "increased workforce participation leads to reduced injury rates." He'll take you up the ladder as he discusses the five steps to building a high participation safety culture for your organization.
Communication Awareness in the Workplace and Understanding the Impact
Valerie Harrison, President, Centric Dynamix
Everyone has a communication skill set that is developed over time through education and experiences, however, we tend not to apply that skill set as effectively as we would like. Unpopular information, difficult personalities and stress all have a role in making communication difficult or ineffective. This interactive discussion introduces the mechanics behind communication focusing on direct, appropriate communication. Leaders can explore their individual skill set to understand how their communication impacts others, have a clearer insight into dealing effectively with difficult people and divert negative attitudes and behaviours into positive, more productive ones.
Human Factors in Pedestrian Safety
Don Patten, BHK, RKin, CCPE, CRSP, Ergonomist 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 interaction 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.
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.