In today’s fast-paced, multi-tasking society, workers can face enormous demands and stress on a daily basis. Over time, this constant pressure, worry and tension can affect both our mental and physical health. These problems, in turn, affect work performance and behaviour. In more severe cases, work may no longer be possible.
Share this infographic outlining some of the workplace factors that have the potential to cause psychological and physical harm, and what employers can do to address and prevent workplace stress, and develop a healthy organizational culture.
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Educate Online, Anytime with Video Courses
Enhance learning at your organization with immersive online video courses from CCOHS. The high quality interactive content features real workplaces with re-enactments of real scenarios, along with slides, quizzes and links to resources, to engage learners’ attention.
Participants can convert information to knowledge at their own pace, in manageable units, and review material that is new to them. Certificates of completion are available for printing upon successful completion of a course. Buy 100 sessions and gain access to a learning management system for the online administration, tracking, and reporting of your video course sessions.
Managing Pain from Physical and Psychosocial Work Demands
All pain is real. For some, it is a debilitating part of their everyday experience in the workplace. One in five people experience ongoing pain, from low back pain to carpal tunnel syndrome to migraines. Understanding more about workplace demands and why things hurt can help treat pain, while adjusting daily lifestyle practices can have a significant impact on improving pain levels, health, and performance.
This course explores the physical and psychosocial demands common to the modern workplace and the influence they have on musculoskeletal disorders and the experience of pain.
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Legislation Service Updates
Ontario French Legislation Added
CCOHS’ Canadian enviroOSH Legislation Service has recently added more than 15 select core occupational health and safety legislation documents in French, for the Ontario jurisdiction. You can access these new documents from the Legislation Service main page by selecting Français under the Ontario heading.
Legislation Monthly Report
Need a way to keep track of the changes occurring across Canadian health, safety and environmental legislation? Compiled by legislative specialists using credible sources, the Legislation Monthly
Report is published during the first week of each month and for each jurisdiction includes:
Legislation in progress/proposed - For Acts: updates on the status of current federal, provincial and territorial bills. For Regulations: new regulations or proposed amendments to current regulations.
Amendments - Summarizes recent amendments that have been incorporated that month, with links so you can easily review the changes.
Repealed legislation - Lists documents that have been repealed and removed from the service.
New documents - Highlights new legislation that has been added to the Service.
Standards information - Includes new, amended, reaffirmed, and withdrawn CSA Group standards and Canadian General Standards Board standards that are referenced in the Service.
You can easily access the report here or by selecting the Monthly Report tab on the Legislation Service main page. Missed a report? An archive of past reports is available through a link in the current report.
This month marks the five year anniversary of the National Standard of Canada on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. Significant progress has been made in raising awareness of workplace mental health and the importance of developing a comprehensive health and safety program that includes all forms of health.
Here are some free practical resources for organizations looking to implement the Standard in their workplace:
This online survey tool enables individuals and organizations to assess and take action on psychosocial hazards in the workplace.
Attention Students: Last Call to Win
The deadline is approaching – January 31 to be exact – but there’s still time to get your entry in for the Dick Martin Scholarship Award.
Students enrolled in a Canadian occupational health and safety course or program in an accredited college or university are eligible to win. 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.
To apply for the award, students need to submit a 1000 -1200 word essay on one of two topics related to workplace health and safety.
Jan Chappel, Senior Technical Specialist at CCOHS, addresses workplace impairment - what it is, why workplaces need to be concerned about it, and what employers can do right now to prepare before the sale and use of recreational cannabis becomes legal in Canada.