Addressing essential skills gaps in an OHS training program: a pilot study

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Institute for Work & Health
481 University Avenue, Suite 800
Toronto, Ontario

Ron Saunders
Institute for Work & Health Siobhan Cardoso
Institute for Work & Health Morgane Le Pouésard
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.

About presenter

Dr. Ron Saunders is the KTE director and a senior scientist at the Institute for Work & Health. A policy expert specializing in labour issues, Saunders was previously the vice-president of research at the Canadian Policy Research Network (CPRN). He currently holds an appointment as associate professor in the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto.

About presenter

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Siobhan Cardoso is the research operations manager responsible for planning and reporting, as well as a knowledge exchange associate, at the Institute for Work and Health.

Since joining the Institute, she has worked on several qualitative studies, focusing on organizational change and knowledge use in occupational health and safety. As part of the Institute's Knowledge Transfer and Exchange Department, she has also been involved in knowledge transfer activities, particularly as lead coordinator of Institute conferences and other stakeholder outreach events.

About presenter

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Morgane Le Pouésard is a research associate and project coordinator at the Institute for Work & Health. She is currently working on two projects related to musculoskeletal disorders with Dr. Dwayne Van Eerd, Emma Irvin and Dr. Kim Cullen. She is also working on another project with Dr. Ron Saunders on embedding essential skills into health and safety training.

Prior to joining the Institute in 2017, Le Pouésard worked as a researcher at Ryerson University’s Faculty of Community Services.

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