Healthy Workplaces

Healthy WorkplaceWhat is a healthy workplace?

A workplace can only be considered healthy if three key elements/avenues of influence are addressed:

  1. The Physical Environment:
    Addressing "traditional" health and safety legislation requirements
  2. Personal Health Resources:
    Supporting healthy lifestyle practices
  3. The Organizational Culture:
    Creating the right psychosocial work environment

These three elements of a healthy workplace influence/impact one another. For a workplace health strategy to be effective, each avenue of influence must be addressed in an integrated, comprehensive manner. Health and safety measures, lifestyle-related programs, and a positive culture that supports these initiatives and employees' psychosocial needs are imperative to a healthy workplace.

What the law says

The Occupational Health and Safety Act, which gives the Government of Ontario broad powers to make regulations, sets out general principles and duties for the workplace parties. The regulations set out in detail how these duties are to be carried out. Many regulations have been made under the Act. For example, there are four separate safety regulations that apply to industrial establishments, construction sites, mines, and health care facilities.

Employers, supervisors, owners and constructors, among others, have an obligation to know and comply with the regulations that apply to their workplaces. Contact your health and safety provider for the specifics on the regulations that cover your workplace.

How having a healthy workplace program can help your business

There is data linking healthy workplace strategies to:

Decreased:

  • Absenteeism and turnover
  • Litigation
  • Accidents, illness, levels of stress and depression
  • Insurance claims and costs
  • Use of short- and long-term disability

Increased:

  • Health and safety performance
  • Employee satisfaction
  • Employee engagement
  • Productivity
  • Profit

Three things are clear:

  • Unhealthy, unsafe and stressful workplaces are costing Canadian employers billions of dollars annually
  • Workplace interventions can make significant improvements and save at least 20% of these costs
  • Comprehensive, healthy workplace interventions cost far less than they are likely to save the company, returning between $1.15 and $8 for every dollar spent on developing healthy workplaces. Some effective interventions are virtually free.

Source: Creating Healthy Workplaces, 2006

What you can do

  1. "Gain commitment" from your management and other key stakeholders
  2. "Do a needs assessment" by identifying health and safety performance issues, compiling a list of existing organizational activities that support a healthy workplace approach, conduct interviews and/or focus groups, and administer a needs assessment survey with employees
  3. "Analyze the results" of the needs assessment and develop a summary of recommendations
  4. "Develop a workplace health plan" that clarifies your healthy workplace goals and objectives for the next three to five years; identify success/evaluation criteria, and develop a healthy workplace policy/standard
  5. "Develop program action plan" that help guide the planning and implementation of culture change activities; provide supervisor and employee training
  6. "Review and evaluate" your plan and tools, and identify opportunities for improvement and celebration/recognition

Downloads

Slips, Trips and Falls Initiative Webinar Presentation

Slips, Trips and Falls Initiative Webinar Presentation

Slips, Trips and Falls Initiative Webinar Presentation
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Consulting Services

General Consulting Services

General Consulting Services

Integrating health and safety into your workplace is good business.  WSPS’ consultants employ a results-based approach to health, safety and environment, focused on building self-reliance,  and enabling your organization to implement, manage and continually improve your health and safety programs.

Training

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) (2 days)

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) (2 days)

NEW! Train your employees to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental disorders and provide appropriate assistance.
11 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$250.00

Workplace Mental Health - Raising Awareness

Workplace Mental Health - Raising Awareness

Workplace Mental Health: Awareness Session, is a two- hour, general consulting solution that focuses on reducing the stigma of workplace mental health and discussing how we can begin to work towards creating both physically and mentally safe and healthy workplaces.

  • On-site
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Workplace Mental Health: How Managers Should Respond (1/2 day)

Workplace Mental Health: How Managers Should Respond (1/2 day)

NEW! This half‐day training solution is designed to improve mental health literacy and provide managers with practical tools and resources to be able to manage mental health issues in the workplace. Disponible en français.

3 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$179.00

Workplace Mental Health: What Health and Safety Committees Should Know

Workplace Mental Health: What Health and Safety Committees Should Know

NEW Workplace Mental Health: What Health and Safety Committees Should Know is a one-day instructor-led training solution that is designed to help health and safety committee members evolve traditional ways of thinking of Occupational Health and Safety to include a more holistic approach that is inclusive of overall health and safety: physical, mental and social.

  • Classroom
  • On-site
$249.00

E-Courses

Business Case for Workplace Wellness (English) (1/2 hour)

Business Case for Workplace Wellness (English) (1/2 hour)

This course provides an introduction to establishing a successful workplace wellness program, and the business case for investing in workplace health.

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$0.00

Developing an Occupational Health and Safety Program (English) (1 hour)

Developing an Occupational Health and Safety Program (English) (1 hour)

Organizations of all sizes can learn how to build an effective program.

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$64.00

Ensemble de cours en ligne sur la santé mentale (français)

Ensemble de cours en ligne sur la santé mentale (français)

Favorisez la compréhension de la santé mentale en milieu de travail grâce à cette série de cours en ligne.

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$169.00

Fire Safety: The Basics (English) (1 hour)

Fire Safety: The Basics (English) (1 hour)

Discover what workplace fire hazards are and the safe use of fire extinguishers.

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$49.00

Impairment and Cannabis in the Workplace (English) (1 hour)

Impairment and Cannabis in the Workplace (English) (1 hour)

Gain an understanding of your role in addressing impairment in the workplace, using cannabis as an example.

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$49.00

La santé mentale : milieux de travail sains sur le plan psychologique (français) (1 heure)

La santé mentale : milieux de travail sains sur le plan psychologique (français) (1 heure)

Favorisez la santé mentale des employés en créant un milieu de travail sain sur le plan psychologique.

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$49.00

La santé mentale : signes, symptômes et solutions (français) (1 heure)

La santé mentale : signes, symptômes et solutions (français) (1 heure)

Reconnaissez les signes de la maladie mentale au travail et apprenez à élaborer des solutions.

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$49.00

La santé mentale : stratégies de communication (français) (1 heure)

La santé mentale : stratégies de communication (français) (1 heure)

Renseignez-vous sur les stratégies qui vous permettront de communiquer efficacement sur des questions de santé mentale en milieu de travail.

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$49.00

La santé mentale : stratégies en matière de santé et de mieux-être (français) (1 heure)

La santé mentale : stratégies en matière de santé et de mieux-être (français) (1 heure)

Prenez des mesures pour améliorer votre force mentale en milieu de travail.

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$49.00

La sécurité-incendie : les rudiments (français) (1 heure)

La sécurité-incendie : les rudiments (français) (1 heure)

Ce cours permet aux participants d'acquérir des notions de base en matière de sécurité incendie afin de reconnaître les risques d'incendie et d'agir de façon sécuritaire.

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$49.00

L'analyse de rentabilisation sur le mieux-être au travail (français) (1.5 heure)

L'analyse de rentabilisation sur le mieux-être au travail (français) (1.5 heure)

Ce cours présente une introduction à l'établissement d'un programme fructueux de mieux être au travail ainsi que l'analyse de la rentabilité des investissements dans la santé au travail.

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$0.00

L'établissement d'un programme de santé et de sécurité au travail (français) (1 heure)

L'établissement d'un programme de santé et de sécurité au travail (français) (1 heure)

Apprenez les rudiments de l'élaboration d'un programme de santé et de sécurité au travail fructueux.

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$64.00

Mental Health: Communication Strategies (English) (1 hour)

Mental Health: Communication Strategies (English) (1 hour)

Learn strategies to communicate effectively about mental health in workplace.

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$49.00

Mental Health: e-Course Package (English)

Mental Health: e-Course Package (English)

Promote understanding of mental health in the workplace by taking this series of e-courses.

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$169.00

Mental Health: Health and Wellness Strategies (English) (1 hour)

Mental Health: Health and Wellness Strategies (English) (1 hour)

Take steps to improve your mental fitness in the workplace.

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$49.00

Mental Health: Psychologically Healthy Workplaces (English) (1 hour)

Mental Health: Psychologically Healthy Workplaces (English) (1 hour)

Promote the mental health of employees by developing a psychologically healthy workplace.

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$49.00

Respect Au Travail (1.5 heure)

Respect Au Travail (1.5 heure)

Nouveau! Respect au Travail a été développé pour fournir aux organisations de toutes tailles un outil unique permettant à votre équipe d'acquérir les compétences nécessaires pour prévenir l’intimidation, l’abus, le harcèlement et la discrimination.

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$36.00

Respect in the Workplace (90 minutes)

Respect in the Workplace (90 minutes)

Respect in the Workplace was developed to provide organizations, of all sizes, in any industry, with a standard tool for all employees to combat bullying, abuse, harassment, discrimination, and incivility.
NOTE: Licenses cannot be purchased on an individual basis. Organizational pricing only available on request, with a discount available to WSPS members.

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$36.00

Stress en milieu de travail (français) (1 heure)

Stress en milieu de travail (français) (1 heure)

Ce cours initie les participants au problème complexe du stress dans le milieu de travail.

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$49.00

Stress in the Workplace (English) (1 hour)

Stress in the Workplace (English) (1 hour)

This course introduces participants to the complex issue of stress in the workplace.
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$49.00

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Videos

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