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Day 1 - Monday, September 17, 2007
Opening and Welcome
The Evolving Workplace - Changes in the workforce and their impacts
on worker health and safety - including both changes in workforce composition
(aging, increased participation of women, diversity) and the
effects of an increasing number of precarious employment arrangements
(contract, seasonal and part-time workers, etc.).
Presenter: Michael Quinlan
Emerging Technologies and Processes - What is "in" the workplace is changing; identifying new and emerging risks; controlling the hazards
and the benefits derived (case studies)
Presenter: Catherine Burns
Gaps in Protection, Accountability and Responsibility for OH&S in
the Changing Workplace - How do our existing laws and traditional
definitions apply to contingent work arrangements including increasing
self-employment, multiple worksite employers; are there solutions to
Presenter: Katherine Lippel
Standing Still is Not An Option: Why Organizations Need to Focus on Employee Wellbeing
Topics covered in this talk include issues associated with workloads and office technology, the link between employee wellbeing and recruitment, retention and succession planning, and cultural change within organizations.
Presenter: Linda Duxbury
Concurrent Workshops. (Choose One)
The Evolving Workplace - (Choose A or B)
Workshop participants will discuss good practices for ensuring that
workers are protected from injury or ill health in light of:
Changes to workforce composition such as increased ethnic
diversity, an aging work force and other factors; or
Increases in "precarious" employment, such as contract, seasonal
and part-time work.
Emerging Technologies and Processes
This workshop addresses two aspects of new technologies.
Are there better ways to ensure we understand new technologies and their potential hazards and ensure workers are protected?
Can we use new technologies and approaches to improve health and safety? Are there
lessons learned or success stories to apply to workplaces?
Work Organization and Stress
Work stress affects not only the individual, but the organization's effectiveness.
This workshop will look at how changes in the workplace can
be the cause of stress and how they have an impact on the job, and the
health and well-being of workers. We will focus on solutions including
prevention strategies, policies, and the role the organization can play in
managing both change and the process.
Gaps in Protection...
Workshop participants will discuss how existing oh&s legislation aiming
at traditional, stable working conditions applies to contingent work
arrangements. Participants will also discuss good practices for protecting
workers including oh&s training and education.