Occupational Vibration Exposure: What are the Characteristics & Health Risk Prevention Strategies
Tammy Eger, Associate Professor, Laurentian University, School of Human Kinetics and Director of the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety & Health (CROSH)
Occupational exposure to vibration can lead to health problems and is typically classified as whole-body vibration (WBV), hand-arm vibration (HAV), or foot transmitted vibration (FTV). We will discuss exposure risks associated with operating heavy industrial equipment and power tools common in mining, forestry and construction. Learn more about the effectiveness of control strategies, including seating, isolation platforms, “antivibration” drills, cab interventions, road maintenance, and personal protective equipment.
Accommodating Employees Involved in Harassment Cases
Chris Lloyd, Partner, Daniels Lloyd LLP
It is well known that employers have duties to maintain a harassment-free workplace. But navigating those duties is challenging and involves consideration not only of the rights of those alleging harassment, but also those who are the claimed harassers. The situation is made even more complex when, overlaying a potential harassment scenario, the duty to accommodate under human rights legislation or workers’ compensation legislation may be involved. In addition to a review of the legal principles, a number of case studies will be considered in an interactive discussion with attendees.
Shift Work Like Clockwork
Alison Dutkiewicz, Public Health Nurse, and Lisa O’Brien, Public Health Dietician, Algoma Public Health
About 25% of the Canadian workforce is shift workers. Much of the literature that exists suggests that individuals who are working shift work experience health challenges. This presentation will provide healthy tips for coping with the stresses of shift work. A public health nurse will talk about circadian rhythms (our body’s internal clock), the stages of sleep and tips to stay healthy and safe. A public health dietitian will provide suggestions for eating well while working shift work.
Safety Practitioner to Safety Professional: The Value of CRSP
Tom Welton, Director Industrial, Workplace Safety North (WSN)
The Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP)R/ Professionnel en securite agree du Canada (PSAC)R certification is designed specifically for OHS professionals. Obtaining your CRSP designation demonstrates your professional expertise and commitment to occupational health and safety. Join us at this session to find out: why you should become a CRSP, the value of a certification process, what you need to qualify, how the process works, fees, examination deadlines, what it means to be a CRSP and how to maintain it.
Trauma Sensitive Yoga
Angela Koppens, Yoga Instructor
Trauma sensitive yoga is a grounded, safe, flowing yoga practice that allows the body to move in a way that will assist in the release of trauma trapped within the body. Originally used with military personnel dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, with very successful results, it is now being considered a form of treatment for other types of trauma. Emphasis is on breathing techniques and a focus on the present moment to relieve stress.