Challenging the Changing World of Work
Dialogue was plentiful, ideas were shared, connections were made. Another Forum is in the books, and the fifth edition of this national conversation on workplace health and safety was the most successful yet.
The Changing World of Work brought together a wide spectrum of experts, employers, workers, labour and government representatives to Vancouver on February 29 and March 1 to learn about emerging issues, share best practices and brainstorm solutions.
Click on the infographic below to see highlights from Forum, and look for another update in the coming months on how CCOHS will be continuing the conversation and expanding the outcomes.
Last Chance to Take Free WHMIS 2015 e-Course
Time is running out. Learn about WHMIS after its alignment with GHS, an internationally consistent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information through labels and safety data sheets, in an e-course from CCOHS and the Workplace Hazardous Materials Bureau of Health Canada.
Until March 31, 2016, you can take the WHMIS 2015 for Workers e-course for free. As of April 1 there will be a $10 fee.
The course educates workers on the new WHMIS system and how it will be used in workplaces, helping to protect themselves and their co-workers from hazardous products. It is suitable for workers in organizations of all sizes, in industries and occupations where hazardous products are found.
Employers who want to track that their workers have successfully completed the e-course can purchase a multi-user account with automated tracking.
Fast Facts Cards Quickly Get the Message Out
CCOHS has developed two new fast fact cards to help you get the message about health and safety out even faster. These information cards are printed double-sided, with English on one side and French on the other, on sturdy card stock with a UV coating for added durability.
The Canadian workforce is aging. In five years, nearly one in four workers could be aged 55 years or over. Share these cards illustrating what workplaces can do to ensure that aging workers stay healthy and safe on the job - keeping in mind that a well-designed, well-organized workplace benefits everyone, regardless of age.
A hazard control program can protect workers and reduce the occurrence of accidents, illnesses and injuries. It can also help to demonstrate due diligence, improve employee morale, and reduce overall operational costs. Share this card that illustrates the elements of a hazard control program, the hierarchy of controls, and the importance of monitoring and reviewing control systems to protect and keep workers safe.
Clearance Sale on Posters
Get the word out about important health and safety messages by displaying eye-catching, full-colour CCOHS posters throughout your workplace. For a limited time, enjoy 60% off a great selection of some of our most popular posters. Sale ends April 29, 2016 or while supplies last.
Free Webinar on Emotional Intelligence
Ramp up your Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week plans with a free webinar on emotional intelligence Tuesday, May 3 at 1:00 PM EDT.
From a definition by Dr. Reuven Bar-On, emotional intelligence is "an array of non-cognitive capabilities, competencies, and skills that influence our ability to succeed in coping with environmental demands and pressures." Through practical examples, certified experiential psychotherapist and emotional intelligence coach Sue Freeman outlines what emotional intelligence means for personal and professional growth, developing successful teams, and satisfying clients.
Can't make it to the live session? Register anyway so you can be e-mailed a link to the recorded session that you can watch on-demand at a later time.
April 28 is the National Day of Mourning
The numbers reflect why this day is still needed. 919 workplace deaths were recorded in the country in 2014, up from 902 the previous year. This represents more than 2.5 deaths every single day. In the 20 year period from 1995 to 2014, 18,039* people lost their lives due to work-related causes (an average of 918 deaths per year).
Officially recognized by the federal government in 1991, the National Day of Mourning sees the flag on Parliament Hill flying at half mast. Meanwhile, we will pause, remember those who have lost their lives or been injured in the workplace and resolve to prevent future tragedies.
Organizations can show their support by displaying a Day of Mourning poster and distributing stickers and commemorative pins. We encourage you to place your order by March 31 to ensure that you receive your materials on time.
You can also show your support online, by adding in a Day of Mourning cover photo to your Facebook page or profile.
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