Leading researcher in construction health and safety to share evidence-based tools to promote safety culture and leadership in high-hazard industries

September 20, 2017 (Toronto, Ontario)—An expert in the safety culture and climate of construction workplaces is this year’s invited speaker at the Institute for Work & Health (IWH)’s annual Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture, taking place November 1 in Toronto.

Dr. Linda M. Goldenhar, Director of Research and Evaluation at CPWR—The Center for Construction Research and Training in Silver Spring, Maryland, will share findings from her extensive research in the U.S. construction sector. She will also highlight the practical tools that have been developed based on this research to improve safety and health outcomes through improved safety culture, climate and leadership.

The lecture is timely. Targeting high-hazard sectors is one of the strategic workplace health and safety priorities of the Ontario Ministry of Labour. One of those sectors is construction, which accounts for about 30 per cent of all occupational injury and disease fatalities in the province while accounting for about seven per cent of the province’s employment.

The lecture and reception is open to all, but registration is required. To learn more about the lecture and to register, go to: www.iwh.on.ca/nachemson-lecture

Media are welcome to attend the event. Please contact Cindy Moser or Uyen Vu (see contact information below).

Full details for online and publication event listings are included below:

2017 Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture
High-hazard industries: Addressing safety culture, climate and leadership to improve outcomes

By Dr. Linda M. Goldenhar, Director of Research and Evaluation, CPWR—The Centre for Construction Research and Training, Silver Spring, Maryland

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Design Exchange, 2nd Floor
234 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario
Doors open – 4:30 p.m.
Lecture – 5:00 p.m.
Reception – 6:00 p.m.

Event is free. Please register at: www.iwh.on.ca/nachemson-lecture

About the Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture

The annual Alf Nachemson Lecture was established by IWH in 2002 to honour the significant contribution of Dr. Alf Nachemson to the use of research evidence in clinical decision-making. Nachemson was a distinguished orthopaedic surgeon and researcher from Sweden, as well as a founding member of the Institute’s Scientific Advisory Committee. When he passed away in 2006, the lecture was renamed the Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture. The annual lecture has become one of the most important and popular networking events of the year in Ontario for policy-makers, researchers, professionals, advocates and other stakeholders in the field of work injury and disability prevention.

About the Institute for Work & Health

IWH is an independent, not-for-profit research organization that aims to protect and improve the health of working people. Recognized as one of the top five occupational health and safety research centres in the world, the Institute provides practical and relevant findings on the prevention of work injury and disability to policy-makers, workers, employers, clinicians, and health, safety and disability management professionals.

Media contacts

Cindy Moser 
Communications Director
Institute for Work & Health
416-927-2027, ext. 2183
705-872-1939 (cell)

Uyen Vu
Senior Communications Associate
Institute for Work & Health
613-979-7742 (cell)