Whether you are currently operating as an essential business or looking to re-open, WSPS' trusted advisors and industry experts will lead sessions that discuss practical approaches and address best practices to keep workplace safety top of mind. Gain key insights, valuable tools and resources to assist you as you navigate this brave new world. Attend one or all of the PIP Virtual Series webinars.
- Program subject to change.
- Each webinar must meet a minimum number of participants in order to run.
Occupational Hygiene Webinar Series
June 3, 10 & 17, 2021
Who Should Attend?
- Health & Safety Managers and Supervisors
- Plant Managers and Supervisors
- Operation Managers and Supervisors
- HR Professionals
- JHSC Members
- Webinars will take place June 3, 10 and 17, 2021 and will be 90 minutes in length.
- Registration for each webinar is required.
- Cost per webinar is $25 + HST
Thursday June 3, 2021 | 10:00 - 11:30 am
Assess, Detect, Prevent: Understanding and Managing Heat Stress in the Workplace
Speaker: André Gauvin BSc, MHK, CCPE, CIH, Occupational Hygienist, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)
Moderator: Angela Cameron, Consulting Services Manager, Western Ontario, Workplace Safety & Prevention (WSPS)
Heat stress always a concern and a significant physical hazard in the many different occupations that deal with either local or environmental heat sources. The sources of heat stress are both physiological and environmental, with an added effect when personal protective equipment (PPE) is involved. An understanding of how to detect for indicators of heat stress become paramount. Please join us for a review of heat stress, physiological responses, assessment and detection of risk factors, and heat related illnesses. How can employers implement timely and proper controls to prevent heat stress in the workplace? This presentation will provide both employers and workers increased understanding of heat stress and how to prevent its occurrence.
What you will learn:
- What is heat stress?
- How your body regulates temperature (Thermoregulation)
- Physiological responses of working in the heat
- Heat related illnesses/strains from heat stress
- Detection and evaluating heat stress
- Prevention measures
Thursday June 10, 2021 | 10:00 - 11:30 am
Working Through a Designated Substances Assessment - A Practical Guidance for Employers
Speaker: Warren Clements, Specialized Services Lead (Occupational Hygiene), Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Sara Lovell, Senior Health and Safety Consultant, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Moderator: Craig Fairclough, Senior Health and Safety Consultant, Consulting Services, Central and Northern Ontario, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
The Ontario Designated Substances Regulation has been considerably revised since it was first introduced in the 1980s. Yet some employers are still finding it difficult to interpret the regulation, initiate and complete a designated substances assessment, and apply this approach to assessing other chemical hazards in the workplace. Join us for this informative session as we cut through the confusion and explore both new and existing applications of designated substances in industry today. Learn about practical tools and approaches that can assist you in completing an assessment and control chemical hazards at your workplace.
Thursday June 17, 2021 | 10:00 - 11:30am
Masks vs Respirators: Benefits and Risks?
Speaker: Paul Bozek, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Division of Occupational & Environmental Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Moderator: Kelly Fernandes, Specialized Consultant (Occupational Hygiene), Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Masks are in wide use during the COVID-19 pandemic as a source control, and disposable respirators such as KN-95's are becoming more popular due to the protective benefits to the wearer as well. But what do we really know about the effectiveness of masks and respirators available to non-healthcare workplaces? Are we getting the advertised benefits of respirator products sold in Canada? And what issues for the wearer exist when wearing a tight-fitting respirator that might impact some persons, such as heat stress or laboured breathing. These issues will be explored in context of what we know scientifically to help employers and users make informed decisions about the limitations of masks and respirators.
Please note: An e-mail with instructions on how to access the webcast will be sent to you prior to course start date.