The 33rd annual scientific conference of the Occupational and Environmental Medical Association of Canada (OEMAC) is taking place September 28-29 in Toronto. The scope of the 2015 conference will span mechanisms of occupational disease, epidemiology, exposure assessment, regulatory issues, clinical best practices, and environmental impacts of industrial activity. Topics include an update on the use of medical marijuana, mental health in the workplace, occupational asthma, infectious disease exposures, the protection and post-exposure management of health-care workers, reproductive health and corporate wellness initiatives.
You can catch Institute for Work & Health President and Senior Scientist Dr. Cam Mustard at the OEMAC conference. He is holding a breakout session on the Monday afternoon (September 29 at 1:55 p.m.) on diverging trends in the incidence of occupational and non-occupational injury in Ontario. The session will allow participants to learn about the quality of injury surveillance information in Ontario and discuss the potential population health impacts of injury prevention strategies.
To learn more about, and register for, the conference, go to: http://oemac.org/annual-conference/2015-toronto/
The Ontario Occupational Health Nurses Association (OOHNA) is hosting a special three-part webinar series titled "Medical Marijuana in the Workplace." The lunch-time webinars take place on October 1, October 7 and October 15, 2015, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.
The webinars cover the following topics:
Thursday, October 1—The Green Rush: Coming to a Worksite Near You
In this first session, Aaron Spodek, president and CEO of Vector Medical Corporation, discusses what many are calling the “green rush”—the explosion of interest, research and monetary investment in Canada’s medical marijuana industry—and what this phenomenon may mean for occupational health practitioners.
Wednesday, October 7—Fact and Fiction: The Benefits and Risks of Medical Marijuana
In this second session, Dr. Ilan Nachim, one of Canada’s leading physicians in cannabinoid medicine and medical director of Vector Medical Corporation, elucidates upon the complexities of cannabinoid therapies and outlines how marijuana should and should not be used to treat various health conditions.
Thursday, October 15—So You Want to Operate a Forklift? Safety vs. Accommodation Considerations
In this last session, Dr. Mick Markus, occupational medicine specialist, addiction medicine expert and chief medical officer of Vector Medical Corporation, teams up with Brian Greenspan, employment law expert and chief legal consultant at Vector Medical Corporation, to provide practical tips and strategies for dealing with workers with prescriptions for medical marijuana.
To register for webinars or for more information, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Taking place October 6-7 in Richmond Hill, Ontario (just north of Toronto), the theme of the 2015 conference of Ontario's Schedule 2 Employers' Group is "Mindful @Work." To that end, the program features a number of sessions focusing on mental health in the workplace. It also offers sessions on a wide range of other issues, including working at heights, workers' compensation practices, the Globally Harmonized System, employment law, accident causation, return to work and more.
The conference includes a breakout session on the second day of the conference (October 7 at 1:45 p.m.) by Institute for Work & Health President and Senior Scientist Dr. Cam Mustard, who will talk about the diverging trends in work-related and non-work-related injury in Ontario. The presentation will suggest opportunities for the Schedule 2 employer community (and other employer communities) to partner with community initiatives to reduce the burden of injury in Ontario.
Not just for "Schedule 2" employers, this annual conference is designed for all Ontario employers and stakeholders interested in trends and issues in wellness, health and safety and disability management. Click here for more information or to register.
The 44th annual and scientific meeting of the Canadian Association of Gerontology (CAG) takes place October 23-25 in Calgary, Alberta. The theme of the 2015 conference is "From possibility to practice in aging: Shaping a future for all." This multidisciplinary conference is designed for people interested in individual and populating aging, and it explores how research, policy and practice shapes aging in Canada.
Institute for Work & Health (IWH) Research Associate Dr. Kim Cullen is presenting two papers at the conference: one on the determinants of work participation among older workers and another on interventions to promote their work participation. Cullen coordinated the research team that conducted the IWH systematic review upon which these papers are based. The review was led by IWH Associate Scientist Dr. Ivan Steenstra. Cullen's presentations are part of a CAG2015 symposium taking place on the Saturday (October 24 beginning at 2:00 p.m.) titled "Promoting Work Participation in Older Workers."
To learn more about the conference, go to: http://cag2015.ca/