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In less than two months, experts, employers, workers, and representatives from labour and government will come together to discuss The Changing World of Work and what it means for our collective health and safety.
The stage is set in Vancouver on February 29 - March 1, where CCOHS' 5th national forum will deliver two full days of inspiration, innovations and discussion featuring an exciting roster of world class speakers and topics:
Globally recognized humanitarian advocate and former international president of Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders James Orbinski will deliver a keynote on his extensive work in the field that will enlighten and inspire
Human and organization performance expert, Dr. Todd Conklin will focus on operational learning for safety and will explore a fresh approach to safety management based on new principles - beyond behaviour as a cause, errors and strict compliance
Acclaimed work-life balance researcher, writer, and speaker Dr. Linda Duxbury offers insights on dealing with the tsunami of demographic change that's taking place in the workforce
In 2014, EU-OSHA interviewed almost 50,000 establishments in 36 countries. Xabier Irastorza provides an overview of the study and the findings from the European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER-2)
What changes, why and who's driving the change in firms that make large improvements in workplace health and safety? Dr. Lynda Robson discusses the implications of "breakthrough change"
Troy Winters, Senior Health and Safety Officer with CUPE, examines a broader perspective on participatory ergonomics that includes the concepts of the policy and workplace committees, union participation, and the benefits of involving all levels of the organization throughout the process York University Professor Dr. Carla Lipsig-Mummé discusses the challenge that global warming poses to the chain of processes that comprise work, employment and training in key Canadian industries and professions
Theresa Shaw shares how the Calgary Police Service became the first police agency in Canada to adopt the Road to Mental Readiness program (R2MR), an initiative to help their members better understand mental health and stay well
Krystle van Hoof of the Institute of Gender and Health will talk about sex and gender, and why they matter when it comes to health and safety in the workplace
If you want to effect positive changes in worker health, safety and well-being, you need to join us at the Forum.
The conference fee includes two full days of sessions, a networking reception, light refreshments, and lunches. Stay at the conference hotel and be close to all the action in the heart of downtown Vancouver. The special room rate for delegates expires January 31.
Thank you to our sponsors WorkSafeBC, Working on Wellness (WoW), CUPE, and Unifor for their generous support.
Infographic: The Aging Workforce in Canada
The number of older workers in Canada is on the rise. In five years, nearly one in four workers could be aged 55 years or over. What does this demographic trend mean for organizations that want to keep their workers healthy and safe?
This infographic illustrates why older workers can be beneficial to an organization, and what workplaces can do to ensure that they stay health and safe on the job, keeping in mind that a well-designed, well-organized workplace benefits everyone, regardless of age.
Although every WHMIS 2015 SDS must provide a date of last revision, manufacturers are no longer required to change the date of their SDSs after review every three years. A "CCOHS Last Checked Date" will be added to an SDS when we have verified that it is the newest one available.
Access to WHMIS 1988 MSDSs
During the transition period ending December 1, 2018, you may receive hazardous products with either a WHMIS 1988 or WHMIS 2015 label. WHMIS requires that you have the MSDS or SDS that matches the hazardous product used in your workplace - so products with WHMIS 2015 labels must have the matching SDS, while those with WHMIS 1988 labels must have the matching MSDS. This may be challenging as inventory changes over the next few years. By default, we provide you with the most recent versions of your SDSs. To keep you compliant with both WHMIS 1988 and WHMIS 2015 during this transition period, we have unlocked old WHMIS 1988 MSDSs so that you can match the product labels in use at your workplace. To access an old SDS, go to the most recent data sheet's summary page and click on the "Other Data Sheet Versions for this Product" link. From there you can print out these sheets as required. Note that they are not included as part of your batch prints.
Spread the Mental Health Message
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Workplace support is key to maintaining positive mental health. These are two powerful messages that CCOHS has highlighted in new posters to help organizations foster a healthy workplace.
Focus on Safety to Win
Got a high school student in your life? Let them know about the Focus on Safety Youth Video contest, and they could win great prizes, just for creating a short video that illustrates the importance of working safely on the job.
Each province and territory will hold its own contest with their own entry deadline. Winners then move onto the Canadian finals for a chance at $2,000 and a trip to the NAOSH Week ceremonies in Ottawa in May.
The Canada Labour Code, Part II ("the Code") governs the health and safety of employees in the federal jurisdiction. Managers and supervisors represent the employer in the workplace and are responsible to carry out the duties of the employer in the work areas that they manage.
This course will give you the basic understanding of the requirements of the Code and how it is applied.
Get all the health, safety and environmental legislation you need in one convenient online location. Plus standards from the CSA Group and the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) referenced in the legislation are just a click away for fast, easy reference.
As a CCOHS Member, you receive a discount on our products and services, valuable health and safety resources, and the opportunity to demonstrate your organization's commitment to workplace wellness, health and safety.
For construction workers, roofers, window cleaners, painters, arborists and firefighters, working at heights is a part of their daily work experience. Avoiding the risk of falling from ladders, scaffolds, lifts, buckets, mast climbers, roofs, balconies and trees requires safety diligence by both worker and employer. Listen in for tips on how to work safely when working at heights.
If you know someone who's currently studying occupational health and safety at a Canadian post-secondary institution, make sure to tell them about the Dick Martin Scholarship Award.
To apply for the award, students are invited to submit a 1000 -1200 word essay on one of two topics related to occupational health and safety.
Two scholarships worth $3000 each will be awarded to one university student and one college student, plus $500 awards will be given to the winning students' academic institutions.
Download a free template that provides the minimum information elements for a safety data sheet (SDS) required by Schedule 1 of the Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR). Developed to assist small businesses authoring WHMIS 2015 compliant SDSs, this template is a resource for anyone with a need to write SDSs, train staff, or run a WHMIS compliance program.