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The Forum's Title: Emerging Health And safety Issues
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The Evolving Workplace

The workplace is changing with a growing number of workers in Canada being part-time, temporary, working on contract, holding multiple jobs or self-employed. And the workforce is also changing due to aging, increase in women working, and ethnic diversity. What are the effects of increasingly more precarious employment? How do these changes impact the health and safety of workers?

Presenter: Michael QuinlanTo top

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, temporary workers and multiple worksite employers? The changing workplace presents gaps in worker protection and raises the question of who is accountable and responsible for health and safety in the workplace. Do workers with part-time, seasonal or temporary employment have access to the same OH&S Standards as permanent employees? Does the OH&S Legislation fully protect them?

Presenter: Katherine LippelTo top

Standing Still is Not An Option: Why Organizations Need to Focus on Employee Wellbeing

In 1991 Duxbury and Higgins surveyed 37,000 employed Canadians. A second survey of 33,000 Canadians was done in 2001. This talk uses data from these surveys to address the following questions: What is the current status with respect to workplace health and wellbeing in Canada? Why should organizations care about employee wellbeing? Why is it particularly important at this point in time? How can interested employers address these issues? What can employees themselves do? 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 DuxburyTo top

Emerging Technologies and Processes

What is "in" the workplace is changing. Rapidly changing technologies and increasing complexity and inter-relatedness of systems are having impacts on workplaces and the risks of injuries. What are the new and emerging risks? What strategies in equipment design and workplace systems and processes can be deployed to control the hazards and increase the safety of workers?

Presenter: Catherine BurnsTo top
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