Upcoming Events

Other events associated with IWH may be listed under Plenaries, Workshops or the Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Lancaster House, in association with the Institute for Work & Health and the University of Toronto's Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources, is offering the Health and Safety Conference at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

Panel and workshop topics include: major caselaw and legislative update, workplace strategies for preventing post-traumatic stress disorder, lessons from a seasoned accident investigator, dealing with domestic violence in the workplace, ending sexual harassment as required by Bill 132, effective anti-harassment programs and investigations, and winning cases at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal.

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Lancaster House, in association with the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) and the University of Toronto's Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources, is hosting the Workplace Safety and Insurance Conference at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

The one-day conference features a keynote address by IWH Scientist Dr. Agnieszka Kosny, who's also a member of the conference advisory committee. Her address is entitled, "The role of health-care providers in the workers' compensation system and the return-to-work process."

Other topics include: the year's key compensation cases, how the WSIB and WSIAT assess pain, navigating the WSIB system and suitable modified work.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Plenary by Brian McInnes, Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL)

During Global Ergonomics Month, get the inside scoop on what Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) ergonomists do. Brian McInnes, provincial ergonomist at MOL, walks the audience through a day in the life of MOL ergonomists. He discusses the types of ergonomics analyses they perform, the different components of their ergonomics-related field visits, and the options they have for enforcement. A few case studies are shared.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Design Exchange, 2nd Floor
234 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario

Doors open 4.30 pm.
Lecture 5.00 p.m.
Reception 6.00 p.m.

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High-hazard industries: Addressing safety culture, climate and leadership to improve outcomes

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

Photo of Linda M. GoldenharTargeting high-hazard sectors is one of the key priorities in the Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL)’s occupational health and safety (OHS) strategy. One of those sectors is construction. Although the construction sector makes up only 6.7 per cent of Ontario’s employment, it accounts for about 30 per cent of all work-related traumatic fatalities and occupational disease fatality claims in the province.

To address the sector’s high fatality and injury rate, the MOL released its Construction Health and Safety Action Plan in May of this year. The first recommendation in that plan is to create a culture and climate of safety within construction to promote the importance of OHS.

Dr. Linda M. Goldenhar, Director of Research and Evaluation at CPWR—The Center for Construction Research and Training in Silver Spring, Maryland, is an expert in the safety culture and climate of construction workplaces. Her extensive research in the U.S. construction sector has culminated in practical tools to improve safety outcomes through improved safety culture, climate and leadership.

What can we learn here in Ontario from this research? Come find out at this year’s annual Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture, hosted by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH). Dr. Goldenhar, this year’s invited speaker, will talk about the research that led her team to develop, first, a workbook to help strengthen jobsite safety climate by improving performance in eight areas identified as leading indicators of health and safety outcomes and, more recently an online tool that assesses a workplace’s safety climate maturity. Dr. Goldenhar will also share preliminary evaluation findings of a program that she and her team developed to improve jobsite supervisory leadership—one of the eight safety climate leading indicators identified as critical by construction stakeholders.

Join us at 5.00 p.m. on November 1 at the Design Centre in downtown Toronto for an evening of learning and discussion as Dr. Goldenhar explores the exciting prospect of improving outcomes in high-hazard industries such as construction by improving safety climate and safety leadership. You won’t want to miss this annual lecture, one of the most important networking events of the year in Ontario for policy-makers, researchers, employers, workplace representatives and other stakeholders in the field of work injury and disability prevention. 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Plenary by Dr. Ron Saunders, Institute for Work & Health

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Plenary by Dr. Allison William, McMaster University

Sunday, October 4, 2020 to Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Canada to host global workplace health and safety congress in 2020

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) and the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) are proud to announce that Canada has been selected to host the XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, to be held in Toronto in the fall of 2020. The World Congress, sponsored by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Social Security Association (ISSA), is the world’s largest event for the international occupational health and safety community and will draw more than 3,500 delegates from more than 150 countries.

The selection of Canada as the host for the 2020 World Congress was officially announced at the close of the XXI World Congress in Singapore on September 6, 2017. At the Singapore meeting, Dr. Cameron Mustard of IWH and Gareth Jones of CCOHS introduced the theme for the Canadian Congress: Prevention in the Connected Age. They also shared a formal welcome to the delegates from the Honourable Patricia Hajdu, Canada’s Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.   

“We look forward to hosting the global community of government representatives, labour organizations, employer groups and prevention experts to exchange information and share perspectives on the world-wide effort to create safe and healthy workplaces in the connected age,” said Dr. Mustard to the delegates attending the closing ceremony in Singapore.

“This event will be a unique opportunity to engage with, and gain valuable insights from, others around the world who share our passion for preventing workplace injuries and illnesses and are committed improving the lives of workers everywhere,” said Gareth Jones of CCOHS.

More information on the 2020 World Congress on Safety and Health at Work can be found at: safety2020Canada.com.