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The Forum's Title: Emerging Health And safety Issues
Day 1 - Monday, September 17, 2007
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Opening and Welcome
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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
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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
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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 protecting workers?
Presenter: Katherine Lippel
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Panel Discussion

Panel: Wayne De L'Orme, Denis St-Jean, Wallace Baer

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Close of Day 1
Day 2 - Tuesday, September 18, 2007
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Welcome Back - review today's proceedings
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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

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    Concurrent Workshops. (Choose One)
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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:
  A) Changes to workforce composition such as increased ethnic diversity, an aging work force and other factors; or
  B) Increases in "precarious" employment, such as contract, seasonal and part-time work.
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Emerging Technologies and Processes
This workshop addresses two aspects of new technologies.
  1. Are there better ways to ensure we understand new technologies and their potential hazards and ensure workers are protected?
  2. Can we use new technologies and approaches to improve health and safety? Are there lessons learned or success stories to apply to workplaces?
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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.
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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.
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Workshop Reporting
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Closing Remarks
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