April 28 marks the National Day of Mourning to commemorate workers who have been killed or injured on the job, or who have fallen ill as a result of their work.
The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board allows you to light a virtual candle in memory of someone who lost his or her life or became disabled as a result of a workplace injury.
The Workers Health and Safety Centre offers a listing of events that are taking place in communities across Ontario on April 28. Some workplaces observe a moment of silence at 11 a.m.
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has posters, pins and stickers available to help mark the day.
The Day of Mourning began more than 20 years ago when the Canadian Labour Congress declared April 28 as a day of remembrance for those who had died or been injured on the job. It was officially recognized by the federal government in 1991, and has spread to about 80 countries around the world.
The Partners in Prevention 2014 Health & Safety Conference & Trade Show, taking place April 29 - 30 in Mississauga, Ontario, is Canada’s largest health and safety event. It brings together 4,500-plus health and safety professionals for networking, education and knowledge sharing.
The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) will be at the trade show. Drop by our booth (#625) to learn more about our evidence-based tools and resources for preventing workplace injury and disability.
You can enter our draw for an iPad mini and, if you're not already getting IWH News, you'll be signed up to receive our monthly e-alerts.
You can also pick up the latest issue of At Work, hot off the presses, as well as our latest handout called "5 things we think you should know"—a great item for your next staff safety or joint health and safety committee meeting.
At the sessions, you'll also have a chance to learn about the Institute's Ontario Leading Indicators Project (OLIP) in action. Dr. Ben Amick, a senior scientist at the Institute, will be joined by Kiran Kapoor of Workplace Safety and Prevention Services and Miranda Goldberg of Brookfield Lepage Johnson Controls as the three talk about the use of the Institute's leading indicators research from three perspectives: from that of a research organization,a health and safety association, and an employer. This session is scheduled for Tuesday, April 29 from 10.00 to 11.00 a.m.
Hope to see you there.
North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, taking place this year from May 5 to 11, is your chance to focus on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace. The NAOSH Week website has ideas, resources and products to help you stage a NAOSH week event in your own organization, as well as a list of events already taking place in your region.
The Institute for Work & Health also has information and tools that can help you focus on evidence-based injury and disability prevention practices during NAOSH Week, including newsletters and guidelines addressing ergonomics, return to work, OHS planning and more.
NAOSH Week is led by the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), and Threads of Life, in concert with the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and partners in Mexico.
A great way to kick off NAOSH Week? Take part in the Steps for Life annual walk-a-thon on May 4, 2014, sponsored by Threads for Life.
Discussion – debate – action: this is the focus of the 20th World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, taking place August 24-27, 2014, in Frankfurt, Germany.
Over 4,000 people from around the world—including experts in safety and health, representatives of companies and employees, decision-makers from government and public authorities, and representatives of community organizations and social partners—will come together at this global forum to discuss the latest developments and trends in occupational health and safety. Under the theme "Sharing a vision for sustainable prevention," the conference is focusing on three main topics: (1) prevention culture and strategies, (2) challenges in occupational health, and (3) diversity in the work of work.
Institute for Work & Health President Dr. Cam Mustard will be giving one of four keynote addresses at the congress, talking about challenges in occupational health. He is also coordinating the symposium on strengthening workability in an aging workforce.
German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) is the national organizer of the 2014 World Congress, working jointly with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Social Security Association (ISSA).
For information on registration, the conference program and social events, visit the conference's website: www.safety2014germany.com
The Institute for Work & Health is co-hosting WDPI (Work Disability Prevention and Integration) 2014, being held September 29 to October 1, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. This is the third international scientific conference on research aimed at preventing work disability and promoting safe and sustained return to work across a range of conditions. The theme of the 2014 conference is "Implementing work disability prevention knowledge."
The conference will feature presentations from internationally recognized scientists and experts, and include keynote presentations, topical seminars, and oral and poster presentations. Please visit the conference website for details. To join the WDPI 2014 e-mail list, send an e-mail with WDPI 2014 in the subject line to Sandra.email@example.com.
The Institute is hosting the conference with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ontario Institute for Technology.
This conference is mandated and supported by the Work Disability Prevention and Integration Scientific Committee of the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH).