WSPS Safety Connection (2 hours)

Providing an energizing forum where health and safety professionals can connect, exchange ideas and share best practices in health and safety.

WSPS Safety Connection (2 hours)
Item #:  20097
WSPS Safety Connection events for March will be rescheduled. If you are interested in April or May events, please check back at a later date. Find out how WSPS is responding to COVID-19 and the impact to our services.

Learn. Share. Discover.

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.

Why should you attend?

  • Stay up-to-date on legislative updates, new and emerging hazards, and trending topics in health & safety.
  • Engage in forward thinking discussions, gain knowledge and discover new approaches from industry colleagues.
  • Network with like minded professionals.


Plus…it's available to Health & Safety Professionals at no charge!

Session descriptions

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.

  • Look for Mental Health in schedule below.

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.

  • Look for Cannabis in schedule below.

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.

  • Look for Ergonomics in schedule below.

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.

  • Look for Hazard Control in schedule below.

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.

  • Look for Reduce MSDs in schedule below.

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.

  • Look for FederalCivility in schedule below.

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.

  • Look for Federal-Scents in schedule below.

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!

  • Look for FederalViolence in schedule below.

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.

  • Look for HSE Programs in schedule below.

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.

  • Look for Managers in schedule below.

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.

  • Look for Occ Hygiene in schedule below in schedule below.

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.

  • Look for Managing Risk in schedule below.

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.

  • Look for MLTSD HotTopics in schedule below.

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:

  • A starting point for information where you can access complimentary Health & Safety resources/tools to assist you with improving your small business (health & safety policy, safety checklist, etc.)
  • Showcasing a few example of the different sections that reflect legal requirements.
  • Take way resources to use as reference in your workplace.
  • Look for Roadmap in schedule below.

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.

  • Look for Role of Managers in schedule below.

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.

  • Look for Pedestrian H&S in schedule below.
WSPS Safety Connection events for March will be rescheduled. If you are interested in April or May events, please check back at a later date. Find out how WSPS is responding to COVID-19 and the impact to our services.

Event Information:

  • Refreshments (Coffee/Tea/Water) & Registration: 30 minutes prior to meeting
  • Facilitated presentation - 2 hours in length with 15 minute break
  • Encourages an open exchange with Q&As, scenarios and table groups discussions
  • This event is not a training session

Recommended for:

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.

  • Health & Safety Professionals
  • Supervisors
  • Managers
  • Health & Safety Representatives
  • H&S Coordinators
  • HR Professionals
  • Operational Leaders
  • Joint Health & Safety Committee Members

Select a Scheduled Location and Date

17 scheduled date(s)
Location Function No. Date Time Notes Price
Barrie - Hampton Inn and Suites 214256 Apr 16, 2020 09:30:00 AM Sold Out $0.00
Brantford - Best Western 214252 Apr 07, 2020 09:30:00 AM Cancelled $0.00
Cambridge - Hilton Garden Inn Cambridge 214263 May 21, 2020 09:30:00 AM FederalViolence $0.00
Cornwall - Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre 214255 Apr 15, 2020 09:30:00 AM Mental Health $0.00
Gravenhurst - Taboo Muskoka Resort & Golf 214991 Apr 23, 2020 11:00:00 AM Roadmap $0.00
Grimsby - Casablanca Winery Inn 214253 Apr 08, 2020 09:30:00 AM Cancelled $0.00
Kitchener - Holiday Inn Kitchener-Cambridge Conf Ctr 214257 May 05, 2020 09:30:00 AM Reduce MSDs $0.00
London - Best Western Plus Lamplighter Inn 214261 May 07, 2020 09:30:00 AM Reduce MSDs $0.00
Milton - Best Western Plus Milton 214258 May 05, 2020 09:30:00 AM Pedestrian H&S $0.00
North Bay - Hampton Inn By Hilton 214266 Jun 11, 2020 09:30:00 AM Pedestrian H&S $0.00
Oshawa - Travelodge Oshawa Whitby 214251 Apr 07, 2020 09:30:00 AM Cancelled $0.00
Ottawa - WSPS Training Facility (Ottawa) 214262 May 12, 2020 09:30:00 AM Managing Risk $0.00
Peterborough - Holiday Inn Peterborough Waterfront 214259 May 06, 2020 09:30:00 AM Role of Manager $0.00
Scarborough - Best Western Plus 214260 May 07, 2020 09:30:00 AM MLTSD HotTopics $0.00
Sudbury - TownePlace Suites Sudbury 214254 Apr 15, 2020 01:00:00 PM Mental Health $0.00
Vaughan - Courtyard by Marriott 214264 May 28, 2020 09:30:00 AM MLTSD HotTopics $0.00
Windsor - Windsor Airport 214265 Jun 03, 2020 09:00:00 AM Reduce MSDs $0.00