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>January 2012

Get (or stay) on track in 2012 with resources from CCOHS, including webinars, e-courses, and podcasts. We've also launched a new blog and are now taking registrations for our Forum IV national health and safety conference. Plus take our annual reader survey for a chance to win an iPod Shuffle and a $25 iTunes Card.

Going Global: GHS, Labels and You

Prepare for the new GHS label requirements

CANLabel page

The Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) is closer than ever to becoming a reality. The exact date is not known but with regulations for implementing GHS drawing closer, you can begin to prepare for the changes now.

Learn about the new GHS label requirements and get tips for transitioning to the new system while still complying with current WHMIS and OSHA label rules for both Canada and the United States, in a free webinar from CCOHS, Going Global - GHS and LabellingExternal link to webinar's registration form - opens in a new window, on January 31, 2012, from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST.

Join CCOHS specialists Lorraine Davison and Jessie Callaghan as they provide insights into preparing labels for GHS while meeting current requirements. Using CANLabel, CCOHS' new label-making software, they will review OSHA, WHMIS and GHS labels.

Register for this complimentary 90-minute webinarExternal link to webinar's registration form - opens in a new window

All webinar attendees will receive a one-month subscription to CANLabel (a $100 value).

Learn more about CANLabel

A National Discussion on Complete Worker Health

Register now for Forum IV - early bird rates in effect

Discuss current issues, help stimulate creative solutions, and connect with hundreds of health and safety professionals from across the country. CCOHS' fourth national conference on health and safety is now open for early-bird registration.

Forum IV: Better Together takes place on October 29 and 30, 2012, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Featuring speaker sessions, panel discussions, group workshops, and an innovation and best practices showcase, Forum IV is an opportunity for participants to collaborate on integrated, comprehensive approaches to total health and wellness at work.

There is a connection between the mental, physical, and psychosocial aspects of both the work and non-work environments. Injuries, illnesses, high stress levels, chronic absenteeism, low morale and dissatisfaction - all can have a devastating effect on workers, families, and organizations.

Through the key discussion topics of mental health, psychosocial work factors and musculoskeletal disorders, harassment and bullying, and integrated workplace health and safety, participants will work together towards solutions for the total health of workers, in vibrant, engaged and balanced workplaces.

Confirmed presenters include Barbara Coloroso, an international bestselling author and acclaimed speaker who will address the dangerous combination of the bully, the bullied, and the bystander, and how we can work together to break the cycle of violence in workplaces.

Visit the Forum IV website for the latest information on all the topics and speakers. Register now and save $100. Special rates for CCOHS Members and full-time students are also available.

Win an iPod Prize Pack

It's time for our annual reader surveyopen in a new window. This is when we invite you to tell us what you like about this newsletter, and what we can improve. How can we make Liaison more useful to you?

Respond online for a chance to win an iPod Shuffle and a $25 iTunes card. Simply complete the survey by February 23, 2012 in order to be eligible to win.

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Learning WHMIS on the Go

Holland College taps into the flexibility of online WHMIS education

Steffen Hood,
departmental IT/Lab Assistant at Holland College

The Health and Community Studies department of Holland College, a community college with campuses throughout Prince Edward Island, is home to approximately 400 learners. These students are enrolled in programs ranging from practical nursing to dental assisting to paramedicine, and as part of their graduation and industry requirements, each must complete WHMIS Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) certification.

Trying to schedule classroom training that works for all is a logistical headache, time-consuming, and costly. In order to accommodate students' schedules while staying on budget, Holland College relies on the flexibility and value of the WHMIS for Workers e-course from CCOHS.

"Our biggest challenge within our department and the programs therein is time. The learners in our programs have to adhere to very busy schedules, as well as fulfilling many on-the-job training sessions and clinical placements," says Steffen Hood, departmental IT/Lab Assistant at Holland College. He facilitates the WHMIS for Workers e-course for all the programs in the department.

Learners have scheduled computer lab time to study and complete the e-course throughout their first year within their program of choice. "Having the flexibility of a web-based certification program where the learners can not only use the scheduled lab time, but also have the ability to complete the course from their homes (as in the case of our Paramedicine distance learning program) proves invaluable to their ability to effectively schedule their time while studying," adds Hood.

The e-course format also saves money. "Online learning avoids the extra cost and scheduling concerns associated with trying to secure outside training from an independent contractor."

As the administrator, Hood appreciates the ease of setup and use. "Creating learner accounts and facilitating the exam is a breeze. It's very well laid out and easy for learners to navigate, even if they do not possess a high level of computer proficiency."

Hood recommends CCOHS e-courses to any business, institution, or organization that requires flexible, easy to use, and comprehensive workplace safety information. "Having used them for the past three years with no problems whatsoever, the implementation of the CCOHS e-courses has been a worthwhile endeavor for not only our learners but for our department as a whole."


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Breathe Easier at Work

Register for our free webinars on work-related asthma

Work-related Asthma (WRA) is the most common occupational respiratory disorder in industrialized countries. Early and accurate diagnosis, plus changes in the workplace, can make a difference to the well-being of patients and their co-workers.

To help reduce the high financial and human health costs of WRA, the Ontario Lung Association in collaboration with Ontario Thoracic Society Provider Education Program, McMaster University, the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers, and Health & Safety Ontario are providing workers, employers and primary care healthcare providers with up-to-date guideline-based education on work-related asthma through a two-part webinar series.

Each part is 90 minutes long. The entire webinar series is 3.0 hours in length.

Part 1 focuses on recognition and management of WRA in the worker/patient.

  • Awareness of WRA, including identifying characteristics and workplace agents
  • Management of symptoms
  • How to seek support for affected workers

Part 2 focuses on recognition and management of WRA in the workplace.

  • Identification, reduction or prevention of workplace exposures
  • Return-to-work issues and case studies

Case studies will highlight key points and allow participants to apply lessons learned. Access to numerous free resources is also provided.

This webinar series was developed as part of the Asthma Plan of Action, by the Ontario Lung Association, in cooperation with CCOHS and funded by the Government of Ontario. Attendance at these webinars qualify for continuing education points.

Learn more about these webinars and register

Stay Compliant with NLOR and Save

An essential resource for federally-regulated organizations in Canada

National Labour Operations Resources (NLOR) product page

National Labour Operations Resources (NLOR), developed by CCOHS in collaboration with Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), is a customized bilingual collection of full-text documents used by HRSDC officers. It is also an essential resource for Canadian federally-regulated organizations to stay compliant with the Canada Labour Code and related legislation.

Available online, NLOR includes the complete text of all documents and the full text of CSA and CGSB standards when referenced in the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations.

Tina Mooers, Senior Manager of Occupational Health and Safety at Greyhound Canada, frequently accesses the information in NLOR. "I use NLOR as a one-stop source of information for federal regulations, acts and codes. Being able to access the Canada Labor Code by searchable words has come in very handy when producing policies specific to the code or regulations."

"NLOR is a great online service that allows me to find information without exhaustive, time-consuming searches on the Web."

SPECIAL OFFER: Save 30% on any new annual subscription to NLOR. Enter Promo Code NLOR30 during online checkout, or contact Client Services to place your order. This offer expires February 17, 2012.

Introducing the CCOHS Blog

Written by CCOHS President Steve Horvath


In addition to social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, we're pleased to introduce a new way for you to connect with us.

Our new Workplace Health and Safety Matters blog is written by CCOHS President and CEO Steve Horvath, and his goals are to share with you his perspectives on workplace health and safety, as well as his insights as to what we are building towards here at CCOHS.

Check out his latest posts, including his reflections on 2011 and what lies ahead in the New Year, and feel free to leave a comment.


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