Registration and virtual orientation
Opening panel: Addressing risks within remote and hybrid working models
An employer’s duty of care towards workers also covers those that work-from-home. Ensuring workplace safety in private homes and other environments outside of the physical office raises issues previously considered to be outside the scope of occupational health and safety. What are the employer’s responsibilities? How should these new work safety issues be addressed?
- Addressing the disjunct between OHS laws and WFH practice
- How to provide an ergonomic environment for employees in a hybrid set up
- Providing the right assistance to remote employees for injury, sickness, or mental stress
- Comparing hybrid practices and how to engage workers in a private setting
- How can you overcome the barriers to employee support?
President & CEO, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
VP, Health Safety and Environment, North America & UK, BGIS
Senior Service Director, Risk Services, Liberty Mutual Canada
How to keep up the DEI momentum
Since 2020, there has been a seismic shift in the way organizations approach diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Despite numerous changes, some fear that in recent months there has been a loss of momentum and that DEI initiatives have been slipping through the cracks as organizations are still having to contend with the pandemic. However, as a key part of developing effective safety programs – DEI is not something that can be brushed off to another team. This session will address how to draw spotlight on something as important as DEI, and how to effectively integrate these initiatives into your safety program.
- How to develop safety programs where everyone is represented
- How can safety leaders improve inclusion and equity on a daily basis?
- Addressing migrant worker health and safety
Same but different: the health and safety equation after the pandemic
The pandemic has expanded the realm of OHS further than ever before. Air quality and ventilation is now a key concern, while employers, government agencies, public health authorities and trade unions are wondering how strict to be with workers who show up with mild illness. At the same time, more familiar issues like physical safety, injury prevention, employee overload and occupational stress remain important and should not take a backseat. This session will discuss how to ensure you have a well-rounded health and safety strategy for today’s climate.
- Getting back to omnipresent harms while addressing extra layers of risk
- How to approach COVID as a workplace safety issue rather than just a public health issue
- The pandemic fallout – mending relations after conflict over vaccine mandates and creating a communication plan for employees
Vice President Environment Health and Safety, The Inland Group of Companies
Vice President Health, Safety & Environment, EllisDon Corporation
Director, H&S Management Systems, Canada Post
Lunch networking break
Leadership in OHS
Effective health and safety performance comes from the top. Leaders should aim to inspire cultural changes within an organisation through setting a clear vision for occupational health and safety, establish effective communication, and ensure staff are effectively and appropriately trained. Join this session to identify what needs to be considered to improve your leadership skills.
- Setting a clear vision for the future of health and safety within the organisation
- Establishing a method of communication and tone of voice for health and safety issues
- How leaders develop professional safety skills and a survey of qualifications available
- Beyond qualifications – what is important?
- Looking at safety leadership across different industries and establishing a baseline
- How to create a wellbeing strategy as a safety leader
Managing Director, Safety, Canadian Pacific
Area Director Safety and Environmental Compliance, Waste Management, Inc.
Director, Safety, BC Hydro
Executive Vice President, Health, Safety, Environment & Quality, Dexterra Group Inc
Vice President of Health and Safety, Inflector Environmental Services
The generation gap in health and safety
Different generations have different work styles, values, and ways of communicating. In addition, different age groups encounter varying risks in the workplace, which can have a significant effect on occupational health and safety and workers’ compensation claims. Ensuring all employees are on message and equipped to competently do their role is critical in avoiding accidents in the workplace. This panel will look at how you can re-design your training schemes to ensure they can be easily understood by all employees.
- Communicating the importance of mental health and safety to each generation
- How to encourage appropriate styles of education and mentoring
- Dealing with the stereotype trap – and helpful examples of what works
- Pitfalls and issues that arise in different sectors
Executive Director - Health, Safety, Environment and Quality GFL Infrastructure Group
Networking coffee break
Supply chain shortages and PPE
Severe shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) due to supply chain constraints caused by the pandemic and geopolitical strife are making workplace safety even more of a challenge as demand remains high. NRC, ECCC and HC are proposing to develop efficient and cost-effective recycling technologies which will enable the conversion of waste PPE into other products and divert them from landfills. Join this discussion to identify efficient and cost-effective ways to enable the conversion of waste PPE into valuable products and how to plan in advance to ensure continuity of supplies.
- The market for gowns, masks, gloves, face shields, and N95 respirators over the pandemic
- Solutions for PPE shortages and contingency plans
- Sterilization technologies and recycling initiatives
- What is the cost of non-compliance for employees?
Panel: Blended learning in health and safety training
Employers are moving to reframe learning and development for safety training by focusing on whether some topics, or some employees, are better suited to different delivery methods – be it in person, remote or a combination (blended). As hybrid models of work become the norm, blended learning provides a bridge between brick and click that involves multimedia presentation of material, retention testing, performance testing and opportunities to learn by virtual reality when situations are too dangerous to train for in the real world. This session will look at how safety leaders can create training programs that are effective and respect the rules for preventing injury and the spread of the disease.
- How to effectively engage employees with a range of learning media
- Making sure that safety training is retained by employees with different learning styles
- Performance testing – Ensuring that learners have understood all aspects of the training to practice it
- How to correctly tailor training to different situations
- Pros and cons for different sectors
Program Manager Occupational Health & Safety, Government of Nova Scotia & Chair, Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP)
Vice President, Operations & Safety, Centre Excellence, Energy Safety Canada
Corporate EHS Director, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
Digital transformation in risk management
Digital technologies reduce inefficiencies and risks while speeding up many processes that are time-consuming or repetitive when done manually. However, if you do not have a clear strategy for what your digital solution is trying to solve as your company’s larger goals around risk management, you risk losing valuable time and money. In this session, a panel of experts will address how to strategically deploy a digital solution to manage risk and risk reporting.
- The cost-benefit analysis behind digital transformation within risk management and hidden pitfalls
- Using technology to create a culture of minimal accidents
- How can companies ensure technology adoption from employees?
Director of Safety and Quality, Custom Helicopters
Vice President, Global EHS, Sysco
Director, Safety and Risk, NPL Canada