Plenary Schedule

Plenaries (seminars) usually run from 11:00 a.m. to noon and are held at: Institute for Work & Health, 481 University Avenue, Suite 800, Toronto (Directions). To confirm your attendance, please RSVP to Albana Canga (acanga@iwh.on.ca or 416-927-2027 ext. 2160).

If you're unable to attend a plenary/seminar in person, you may be able to watch and listen via a live stream. For information on how to access a live stream, please e-mail Albana Canga (acanga@iwh.on.ca).

To view a slidecast of a past plenary/seminar, where available, go to the Archive page for the year in which it was held, or visit the IWH YouTube channel.

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Topics and speakers are subject to change. Please check back for more information.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Dr. Ron House , Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael's Hospital

Hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) is a common occupational disease, which in advanced cases may be associated with significant upper extremity disability and reduced quality of life. However, HAVS is under-recognized and under-reported in Ontario and other Canadian provinces. Moreover, there is currently no  legislation in Ontario  for hand-arm vibration exposure. In this plenary, Dr. Ron House shares his HAVS research at St. Michael's Hospital and the Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease (CREOD). He describes HAVS and its components, outlines its clinical assessment and management, and reviews the legislation for hand-arm vibration exposure and compensation experience for HAVS in Canada. He also highlights recent efforts to raise awareness of HAVS and increase focus on preventing this occupational exposure.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Dr. Ron Saunders, Siobhan Cardoso, Morgane Le Pou├ęsard , Institute for Work & Health

Can an occupational health and safety (OHS) training program be improved by modifying it to address gaps in essential skills? In a recent study, a research team led by Dr. Ron Saunders modified a hoisting and rigging training program offered by the LIUNA Local 506 training centre. The changes were made to address trainees’ skills gaps in numeracy and document use that were related to the job. In this plenary, the team share findings regarding the effect of modifying the curriculum on trainee learning and discuss suggestions for improving training efforts within the construction sector.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Dr. Allison William , McMaster University