Providing an energizing forum where health and safety professionals can connect, exchange ideas and share best practices in health and safety.
Our new WSPS Safety Connection events are hosted at various locations across the province and showcase timely topics in health and safety, such as Workplace Mental Health, Occupational Hygiene (Noise), Accreditation, Falls from Heights, the Future of Robotics, and many others.
Join us, and together, we'll turn ideas into actions that will take health and safety in your workplace to the next level.
The level of stress in our work and home lives is increasing and our response to these stressors is very different than how our cavemen ancestors reacted. Join WSPS in exploring what stress really is and how it may impact the workplace, the effects of stress on the body and why some people are more resilient to stressors than others. Through an open exchange of ideas and experiences, participants will discuss how stress impacts mental health, how workplace characteristics can be a source of stress, and how we can prevent mental harm. Participants will consider what triggers their own stress response, and the importance of self-care in creating resilience, as well as share internal and external resources that can provide support at work.
The legalization of recreational cannabis that came into effect on October 17, 2018 requires Ontario employers to prepare for a new regulatory landscape. Join us for this informative and interactive session that includes an overview of the new cannabis legislation, implications and risks involved, as well as next steps for employers to consider in their workplaces.
Our focus in this session is to explore ergonomics and human behaviour, not only as a part of MSD prevention, but as a crucial component to the success of implementing other health and safety programs in the workplace.
Now that you have recognized all the hazards in your workplace you need to determine which hazards need to be controlled, what's the control priority and what controls will be most effective. This session will walk you through how to prioritize hazards based on their determined level of risk. Once the risk level is determined you are able to decide what hazards need controlling first. This session will also describe what controls may be the most appropriate to the hazard and risk level based on the hierarchy of control.
Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD) are the number one type of work-related lost-time claims reported to the WSIB in Ontario. They are costly to Ontario employers and cause pain and suffering for thousands of workers every year. It is the employers responsibility through the "General Duty Clause", to identify and control these types of hazards, but this can be a challenging endeavor. Join this session to explore methodology for brainstorming, and implementing controls that effectively address MSD's. Controls for common MSD challenges will be also be discussed and you will have the opportunity to share best practices, success stories, and past failures with other professionals in your region.
In this lively and informative discussion we will tackle the topic of civility in the workplace. What is incivility? What are the impacts of incivility on people and the organization? And most importantly, what can we do? Join us for this interactive session specifically aimed at Federal Government Workplaces.
Environmental sensitivities have become an increasing health problem for many, causing adverse physical health effects from exposure to environmental agents at concentrations well below those that might affect the "average person". Organizations are now looking for ways to effectively manage this issue. Join WSPS consultant, Tova Larsen, in a lively and informative discussion on the issue of Scents and Sensitivities in the Workplace. What are an employers' legal obligations? What are common triggers for those that are scent sensitive? How can you effectively address concerns about scent sensitivity in your workplace? How can you be a Proactive Scent-Free Citizen in your workplace? The session is offered at no-cost and offers an energizing forum where professionals can connect, exchange ideas and share best practices in workplace health and safety.
Have you completed your Federal Workplace Violence Risk Assessment? This session will bring you up to speed on the various changes in legislation and standards concerning federal work place violence risk assessments. A discussion of recent changes, available tools and resources, and best practices will be facilitated. The session will also address common mistakes that employers make in regard to their violence assessments and the development of their violence policies and procedures as part of the hazard prevention program. Not part of the federal world, many of the learnings will still apply!
WSIB will be launching its new Health & Safety Excellence program in 2020. The new program will be a WSIB performance-based rewards program integrating the strengths of the previous WSIB Small Business, Safety Groups and Workwell programs. This new model provides a clear road map for Ontario businesses to improve workplace health and safety. Join us for this interactive session to get more information from the WSIB and find out how WSPS can help you on your journey. Whether you are just getting started or want to optimize systems and processes you already have in place, the Excellence program can help you reach your goals.
Managers have the responsibility to create productive and safe work environments, free from injuries, illnesses and fatalities that affect the work place. In this interactive session, we will discuss work place training your organization needs to fulfill its health and safety responsibilities. Participants will also discuss challenges and learn from others some of the best practices for keeping their managers educated, motivated and engaged to apply their health and safety training on the job, as well as transfer this knowledge to their employees. Participants will be given the opportunity to evaluate their current state, so they have a greater understanding of any gaps in health and safety training of managers in their work place and are able to identify action steps to take moving forward.
Over the past five years, several changes to Ontario regulations that focus on occupational hygiene hazards have been in the spotlight. These include the adoption of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) into WHMIS, introduction of the Noise Regulation 381, and recent changes to chemical regulations (O. Reg. 833 and 490) including a requirement for Respiratory Protection Programs. Come prepared to discuss the changes and what they mean for your workplace. This informative and interactive session is intended for all workplaces and knowledge levels; you are bound to leave with some next steps to achieve success.
This session will explore the topic of Managing Risk given our new legislative landscape (WSIB Rate, HSEP Programs, Accreditation), discuss how companies can navigate these changes, what this means for their organization and how can they best prepare.
The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development launched its new Supporting Ontario's Safe Employers (SOSE) program. The long-anticipated program will formally recognize employers for excellence in occupational health and safety. The program is open to any employer in Ontario, regardless of size or sector. Led by the Office of the Chief Prevention Officer, the program was developed based on feedback from labour, employers and other stakeholders. Join us for an interactive and informative session with the Prevention Office to learn more about ministry initiatives and the SOSE program.
Do you know your health and safety responsibilities? Join us for an interactive session that will introduce Simple Safety Solutions for the hospitality industry. This session will focus on:
The manager is instrumental in creating a psychologically safe environment at work; however, not all mangers are clear on what that role entails. Join WSPS in exploring what is meant by a psychologically safe work environment, what is part of the manager's role and what is not. Through an open exchange of ideas and experiences, participants will discuss the importance of being proactive in promoting a mentally supportive workplace and preventing mental harm, the duty to accommodate, how to stay connected with those on mental health leave and how to facilitate a smooth return to work. Managers will share internal and external resources that can provide support at work and reflect on their own self-care needs so that they can help others.
How do you ensure pedestrian safety inside and outside your workplace? Preventing pedestrian incidents by physically separating them from lift truck and truck traffic is the best approach. However, this is not always possible as work duties may require pedestrians to walk and work around vehicle traffic.
Join us for this interactive session and together we will explore the risks associated with pedestrians walking amongst vehicles, ways to minimize these risks and share strategies for managing the flow of pedestrian and industrial vehicle traffic in your work environment.
These events are suitable for all WSPS members and customers within any industry who wish to expand their health and safety knowledge, share best practices and network with their peers.
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