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Health and safety conference takes a comprehensive look at diverse workplaces issues


Toronto – Workplace health and safety issues continue to dominate news headlines, whether the story’s about a scaffolding accident on a construction site, an action plan to stem sexual harassment, or new research on the health risks of sitting at a desk all day.

These are a small sample of the timely topics being explored at Canada’s largest and longest-running health and safety conference, Partners in Prevention 2015.

Returning on April 28 and 29, 2015, at Mississauga’s International Centre, the conference covers a comprehensive range of today’s workplace issues, from health and mental health, to cultural norms and lifestyle, to medical, legal and human resources issues, to regulatory changes and best practices.

Keynote speakers will include: Chris Hadfield, first Canadian commander of the International Space Station (in 2013), with his topic of ‘The Sky is Not the Limit’; Michael Landsberg, host of TSN’s Off the Record, talking about ‘Darkness and Hope: Depression, Sports and Me’; and Dr. Joe MacInnis, a self-described accidental leader, who studies leadership and teamwork in life-threatening environments. He’ll share insights from his team’s seven-mile dive into the Marianas Trench.

Health and safety players and experts at Partners in Prevention 2015 will lead more than 60 sessions, workshops and professional development courses, e-learning labs and over 400 booth and interactive experiences on the trade show floor. They’ll cover a comprehensive range of workplace issues, from health and mental health, to cultural norms and lifestyle, to medical, legal and HR issues, to regulatory changes and best practices.

Here’s a sample of some of the 60+ conference sessions taking place over the two-day event:

– It’s Never OK: Ontario’s action plan to end sexual violence and harassment – Tuesday, April 28, 11:30 a.m.

– Sunrise Propane: Hard Lessons for Everyone – Tuesday, April 28, 2:00 p.m.

– Women, Work and the Workplace: A discussion on occupational health and safety – Wednesday, April 29, 11:00 a.m.

– Understanding Bill 18: OHSA protection for young workers and unpaid interns – Wednesday, April 29, 2:45 p.m.

– Get moving and take a stand against sitting – Tuesday, April 28, 11:30 a.m.

– Canada’s Safest Employers – Tuesday, April 28, 2:00 p.m.

– Concussions – What we know now – Tuesday, April 28, 10:00 a.m.

– New and revised chemical exposure limits – Wednesday, April 29,11:00 a.m.

– Proactively addressing addictions in the workplace – Tuesday, April 28, 11:30 a.m.

– Mental health in the workplace: how managers should respond – Tuesday, April 28, 2:00 p.m.

– Anatomy of a fall: accident reconstruction – Tuesday, April 28, 10:00 a.m.

– Lessons learned: From collapse to rescue – an insider’s view of the Chilean mine rescue – Tuesday, April 28, 2:00 p.m.

Highlights from the trade show floor

Working at Heights Pavilion is a must-attend opportunity as Ontario’s new Working at Heights Training Program Standard came into effect for construction projects on April 1, and for other sectors in the near future. Sponsored by Honeywell, the Pavilion will showcase dramatic hands-on demonstrations of rigging devices.

Walk-through colon: The Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada’s state-of-the-art 40-ft by 8-ft high, pink inflatable walk-through reproduction of the human colon offers a multimedia educational experience in a fun and informative way.

The Healthy Living Centre will offer information and testing from a variety of sources including the Canadian Diabetes Association, Canadian Blood Services, Mental Health Commission of Canada, Canadian Association of Music Therapy, Naturopathic Foundations Health, Crohn’s & Colitis Canada, Colorectal Cancer Association, Eat Right Ontario, Mood Food/Mindful Snacks, Aroma Touch Esthetics Spa and Wyer Wellness Centre.

For the full program or to register, visit http://www.PartnersinPreventionConference.com or contact the WSPS Customer Care Department toll-free at 1-877-494-9777 or by e-mail at customercare@wsps.ca.


Bill Roebuck

Bill Roebuck

Bill Roebuck is the Editor and Associate Publisher of Machinery & Equipment MRO magazine and mromagazine.com.
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