This report is an outcome from a tripartite national event, hosted by CCOHS, which explored changing workplaces and their impact on Canadian workers’ health and safety. Forum07: Emerging Health and Safety Issues from Changing Workplaces took place September 17 & 18, 2007, in Vancouver, BC.
Research shows that Canadians are very concerned with how the health and safety of workers are impacted by the changes they are facing today. The workforce is aging and is increasingly more diverse. And the “nature” of the workplace is also changing with the growth of contract, seasonal and part-time employment and outsourcing. All of these present new issues such as gaps in worker protection, accountability and responsibility for occupational health and safety in the changing workplace.
The two-day event brought together subject experts, workers, employers and governments to share their knowledge and experience around this pan-Canadian issue, and to discuss problems and solutions.
Forum07 provided a unique opportunity for participants to explore and better understand how these particular challenges impact the health and safety needs of workers. Delegates took part in an interactive, informative workshop in addition to attending plenary sessions by leading Canadian and international experts.
The four themes of the program focused on:
- The evolving workplace
- Emerging technologies and processes
- Gaps in protection, accountability and responsibility for OH&S in the changing workplace
- Why organizations need to focus on employee well-being
This report summarizes the discussion arising from each of these four components, and following the Forum, CCOHS invited Canadians to weigh in on changing workplaces via an online survey. The results from the survey are also included in this report.