Upcoming Events

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

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Plenary by Dr. Agnieszka Kosny, Dr. Basak Yanar and Dina Al-khooly, Institute for Work & Health

Settlement and integration involve helping recent immigrants and refugees find work and become economically solvent. Many newcomers end up in survival jobs that expose them to hazards and are precarious and physically demanding. In this plenary, presenters Dr. Agnieszka Kosny, Dr. Basak Yanar and Dina Al-khooly summarize a recent study investigating how newcomers come to understand their rights and where there are gaps in resources and training. They offer suggestions on ways to help recent immigrants and refugees successfully prepare for and remain in safe, quality jobs.

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.

About the recipient

For the past five years, Dr. Linda M. Goldenhar has been the Director of Research and Evaluation at CPWR—The Center for Construction Research and Evaluation in Silver Spring, Maryland. She is currently the lead investigator at CPWR on a project creating leadership training for frontline supervisors, called Foundations for Safety Leadership (FSL). She is also the lead on CPWR’s safety climate initiative, which has resulted in Worksheets and Rating Tool to Help You Strengthen Jobsite Safety Climate and the Safety Climate Assessment Tool (S-CAT), both designed to help construction worksites evaluate and strengthen their safety climates.

Before joining CPWR, Goldenhar received her PhD in public health from the University of Michigan and began her career in occupational health and safety as a research psychologist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in Cincinnati, Ohio. While there, she focused her research on a variety of construction-related issues, including tradeswomen’s safety and health concerns, worker perceptions of the ideal amount of overtime, and more. She also served as NIOSH’s construction coordinator and leader of the Intervention Effectiveness Group. In 2005, after having left NIOSH in 2001, she was invited to be a member of the National Academy of Science’s review of NIOSH’s construction program. 

Goldenhar has published over 65 peer-reviewed publications, published numerous articles in trade magazines, and written book chapters and manuals.  She has presented her work at many national and international academic and construction-specific conferences.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Plenary by Dr. Aviroop Biswas, Institute for Work & Health

Despite the known health benefits of regular physical activity, over half of adults fail to meet physical activity recommendations of at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a week. Recognizing that working-aged adults typically spend a third of their day at work, many workplaces offer wellness programs and facilities that support physical activity near or at work. In this plenary, Dr. Avi Biswas shares the results of a study that drew from a national survey of Canadians to examine the relationship between access to such facilities and wellness programs and the leisure time physical activity of workers.

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.