Hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) is a common occupational disease, which in advanced cases may be associated with significant upper extremity disability and reduced quality of life. However, HAVS is under-recognized and under-reported in Ontario and other Canadian provinces. Moreover, there is currently no legislation in Ontario for hand-arm vibration exposure. In this plenary, Dr. Ron House shares his HAVS research at St. Michael's Hospital and the Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease (CREOD). He describes HAVS and its components, outlines its clinical assessment and management, and reviews the legislation for hand-arm vibration exposure and compensation experience for HAVS in Canada. He also highlights recent efforts to raise awareness of HAVS and increase focus on preventing this occupational exposure.
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, Siobhan Cardoso, 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.
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.