Effective Safety Governance - The Secret Sauce to Sustainability
Rick Smith, Senior Vice President, Strategic Accounts, DEKRA Organizational Safety and Reliability
Safety governance seems like a straightforward concept. Yes, we have committees, we involve people from different levels, they meet regularly and talk about safety. However, when observing these committee's in action, there is a tendency towards a "check the box" approach. No meaningful improvement results from the time and effort spent together. This presentation will make the connections between structure, critical team behaviors and meaningful actions that will drive long term safety continuous improvement. These highlight the "what" of governance. The secret sauce is the "how" of governance. How an organization builds culture, engagement and vision into their governance.
This presentation provides insights and best practices that drive world class governance. Using governance to build a workforce of engaged safety champions has additional benefits. The first improvement is in safety, but the ability to move the lessons learned to other performance measures is just as important.
OHS Law, Vaccinations and the Workplace: What Employers Need to Know
Norm Keith, LLM, CRSP, Partner, Fasken
As news of the COVID vaccine will eventually allow workers back to workplaces, it also carries plenty of questions and challenges. What are the legal implications around a "proof of vaccinations for return to the workplace policy"? May employers require or only just recommend that their employees get vaccinated? What is the position of medical experts, public health, occupational health & safety, and human rights regulators regarding proof of vaccination policies in the workplace? What is the best practice for employers to follow in analyzing their workplace to assess what their COVID-19 Vaccine Policy should cover? Join Norm Keith, Canada's leading OHS lawyer, for this important and timely discussion as he addresses the tough questions and provides clear answers for employers on COVID-19 vaccines. This is a must attend session.
SurTHRIVal of the Fittest
Sylvia Maruak, Founder, MindBody Works
Sonia Funk, Founder, The Whole Avocado, Registered Nutritional Therapist
Stress happens in the body. That means that the emotional, mental and physical impact of stress, also happen in the body. Safely navigating recovery and moving from surviving to thriving, requires hope, and a map. Sylvia and Sonia call this map, and its navigation, "SurTHRIVal of the Fittest."
You are worried about your people. Even some of those that were thriving before, no longer are. The chain reaction of events ignited by 2020, is impacting our lives and our bodies right now. The damage is surfacing as increased struggles with mental health, fatigue, brain fog, unexplained symptoms, and illness. If we do not intervene, this dangerous chain of events will reach a point of no return. The safety implications and the financial nightmare that this will create is not hard to imagine. Intervention just became the new prevention. In this presentation you will be given:
- A unique and valuable understanding of how stress effects the mind AND body.
- A series of exercises designed to create a profound awareness of what it feels like to be in charge of your own wellbeing.
- The "SurTHRIVal of the Fittest" map, accompanied by expert insights, tools and strategies for successful navigation.
Psychologically Safe Leadership - Keeping the Mental Health of Workers In Check
Kristy Cork, Health & Safety Consultant, Mental Health, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
There is no question that the global pandemic has left many feeling stressed, anxious, isolated and lonely. For those who are experiencing these emotions for the first time, trying to perform at a high level while working through these feelings can be stressful in itself. Productivity is declining, employee engagement and retention is diminishing, and coping with a dispersed workplace is affecting morale. Employers today have a difficult task of protecting the psychological safety of not only their employees but for themselves too while ensuring business performance and productivity continues to flourish. What strategies can be put into practice that can help employers better support their teams during difficult times? This session will aim to deal with the reality the pandemic has had on the mental health of workers and provide an outlook of what employers can expect in the months ahead. Attendees will learn useful tips and solutions in managing anxiety and building resiliency to help assist their workers, and themselves, during these difficult times.