• Speakers – Wednesday, January 23

    “A” Sessions

    A1: Chronic Occupational and Non-Occupational Diseases: Mitigation Through Comprehensive Health and Wellness Program Development
    A2: Mental Health in the Workplace
    A3: Risk Assessments: Collaboration to Overcome Challenges
    A4: Impairment (Cannabis) and Workplace Safety
    A5: Arc Flash Protection Program from a Utility Perspective
    A6: Prescription and Illicit Drug Overview from the Lens of a Paramedic

    “B” Sessions

    B1: Workplace Violence Prevention Starts with Civility and Respect
    B2: Three Steps to Building MeYouQ© and Creating a Foundation for Mental Wellness
    B3: Air Quality in the Workplace
    B4: Manitoba’s Drug and Alcohol Impaired Driving Laws
    B5: Cannabis in the Workplace: Now that Cannabis is Legal
    B6: Exhibitor Tour:Discover New Safety Tools and Resources

    “A” Sessions

    A1: Chronic Occupational and Non-Occupational Diseases: Mitigation Through Comprehensive Health and Wellness Program Development

    Workshop Description


    The consequences of poor physical health and wellness for those working at a physically demanding job can be costly both in human and economic terms. This is especially true with the rapidly increasing prevalence of non-occupational diseases, often confused with occupational diseases.

    A significant number of industries are not able to properly identify which physical and mental conditions are due to the occupations themselves. Non-occupational diseases are currently not being mitigated by many existing health and safety programs. Improving both the physical and mental health standards and education in the workplace will positively affect the work wellness culture. Not only does it mitigate risk of illness, injury and the associated costs to employees of national and multi-national organizations, but also positively affects the wellness culture of their community as a whole. Employers are often unaware but they have the best opportunity to make a significant impact on actionable public health policy.

    The data presented by Dr. Farrell Cahill would have been collected over 17+ years of work in the field of obesity and chronic diseases. The data is academically validated and exemplifies best practices that can be implemented within an organization of any industry. Dr. Cahill will present findings from his general population and national organization based research along with how to develop health risk prevention programming to produce measurable shifts in both occupational and non-occupational diseases. He will also detail how this can significantly reduce incidents and injury rates in the workplace and at home.

    This presentation will include the details of Dr. Cahill’s newly funded research program that will work directly with a number of large multi-national organizations to develop and implement the most comprehensive health and wellness initiatives.

    Note: We will be providing handouts for delegates to support this workshop. 

    Biography


    Dr.  Farrell Cahill, Horizon Occupational Health Solutions

    Dr. Farrell Cahill holds a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) and a Master of Science in Kinesiology, focusing on applied thermoregulatory and exercise physiology from the University of Manitoba. He also holds a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Medicine at MUN where he studied the physiology, endocrinology and genetics of obesity diabetes in the general population.

    Dr. Cahill currently teaches in the Faculty of Human Kinetics & Recreation at MUN. He is a recognized leader in Canada for exercise physiology, thermoregulatory physiology, diabetes, obesity, stretching on human performance and endocrinology. Dr. Cahill’s academic research focuses on the physiology and endocrinology of occupational and non-occupational chronic diseases and the development of realistic and sustainable solutions for work environments.

    Dr. Cahill is currently working with a number of multi-national organizations to develop academically supported and defendable Physical Employment Standards (PES) and Bona Fide Occupational Requirements (BFORs) to reduce obesity and obesity-related health conditions for workers in isolated & remote environments and is the first to develop a BFOR for the offshore oil and gas industry.

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    A2: Mental Health in the Workplace

    Workshop Description


    Mental health concerns will directly impact one in every five people. The remaining four will know a friend, family member, co-worker or acquaintance that struggles with their mental health. It is essential that organizations build capacity to support those with mental health concerns because early identification and support typically leads to continued employee wellbeing.

    This workshop will explore factors affecting mental health, give participants a general overview of common adult mental illnesses and, most importantly, how to be supportive. Participants will learn strategies for creating a more inclusive work environment that reduces stigma surrounding mental illness.

    We will provide handouts.

    Biography


    Randy Grieser, ACHIEVE Centre for Leadership & Workplace Performance

    Randy Grieser is the founder and CEO of the Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute. He is a Registered Social Worker who holds a Master of Social Work degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Conflict Resolution. Prior to founding CTRI, he worked directly with issues of crisis and trauma while being employed in the areas of mental health, counselling, and crisis management within a community, school, and hospital settings.

    While Randy is primarily involved in providing leadership to the development and delivery of CTRI’s workshops and services, he does continue to train in the areas of violence prevention, crisis response, and mental health. He believes that access to knowledge and skill development changes individual lives, communities, and organizations. Randy is a dynamic presenter who delivers content-oriented presentations that are both engaging and informative.

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    A3: Risk Assessments: Collaboration to Overcome Challenges

    Workshop Description


    Risk Assessments are the foundation for safety process improvement. They can be used for machine and electrical safety, chemicals and ergonomics. The establish the hazards to workers and quantify the risks, which allows for the correct selection of controls for those hazards. They can be challenging in ensuring they are done correctly and that all affected parties are involved with the process, keeping in mind time commitments to reduce or eliminate hazards.

    We’ll walk through that process using real-world machinery and other process examples. We’ll talk about the collaboration needed to ensure the process goes smoothly and the technology that can be used to improve that process. Join us if you are interested in eliminating incidents through risk assessments.

    • Detailed look at the risk assessment process with its challenges
    • Structured approach to risk assessments
    • Importance of collaboration in the process
    • Using technology to drive that collaboration
    • Leading indicators of success in risk assessments

    We will be providing a handout.

    Biography


    Mike Gordon, Workplace Engineering Solutions

    Mike Gordon and Kristin Petaski formed Workplace Engineering Solutions in 2011 with the goal of servicing the growing need for machine safety expertise in the province of Manitoba. They focus on using risk assessments to establish the risk to workers, the controls needed to protect them and the effectiveness of those controls to standards and regulations.

    Workplace Engineering Solutions is an engineering consulting company that specializes in maximizing your productivity while decreasing safety risks. Whether you need one machine assessed or your entire production floor, they believe in providing real-world solutions for all of your machine safety concerns.

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    A4: Impairment (Cannabis) and Workplace Safety

    Workshop Description

    Please note: The content of this session may be similar to session B5


    Participants will learn about the impact impairment can have on workplace safety. This presentation will provide information on how to respond to impairment in the workplace in light of the upcoming legalization of recreational cannabis.

    This beginner workshop will be particularly useful to employers, managers, supervisors and safety committee members with little to no previous knowledge on addressing workplace impairment.

    Participants will receive handouts. This will include the slide deck, resources from the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba and business cards.

    Biography


    Michael Pogorzelec, SAFE Work Manitoba

    Michael Pogorzelec, M.Sc., studied Microbiology as well as Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the University of Manitoba. His graduate thesis included analyzing the impact of a variety of chemical compounds on the blood brain barrier to increase drug delivery to the brain. He proceeded to work in the health insurance industry and eventually moved to the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba. Here, he worked in short-term claims, providing benefits to injured workers.

    He is currently a Prevention Consultant at SAFE Work Manitoba, the provincial public agency dedicated to the prevention of workplace injury and illness.

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    A5: Arc Flash Protection Program from a Utility Perspective

    Workshop Description


    This workshop will cover regulatory framework, the history of Arc Flash incidents at Manitoba Hydro, with Arc Flash implementation and approach. There will be a review of  Personal Protective Equipment, training programs and lessons learned.

    Biography


    Brent Hopkins, Manitoba Hydro

    Brent Hopkins is Corporate Safety Officer with 25 years experience in the utility industry. He was the lead in implementing of the Arc Resistant Clothing program at Manitoba Hydro in the late 1990’s and the implementation of Arc Flash Protection program starting in 2016.

    Hopkins is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional and boasts a certificate in Adult Continuing Education, a Bachelor’s of Commerce degree and an Inter-Provincial Red Seal in the Power Line Technician trade.

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    A6: Prescription and Illicit Drug Overview from the Lens of a Paramedic

    Workshop Description


    There will be a heavy focus on prescription and illicit opioids, street drug trends and signs and symptoms of overdose and poisoning. Topics will also include the aggressive treatment paramedics provide, statistical data with a component on the stigma associated with drug and alcohol addiction.

    Biography


    Cory Guest, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Paramedic

    Cory has had an active and diverse career in Emergency Medical Services spanning just over 20 years.  He was a frontline Ambulance Paramedic for many years, a 911 Communications Supervisor for 3 years, and has been in his current role as Paramedic Public Education Coordinator for 4 years.

    Cory has provided drug programming to hundreds of high school students, healthcare professionals, community groups, parent groups and educational leaders to name just a few. He is happy to have developed many community partners over the years not limited to Winnipeg Police, Addictions Foundation and Canada Health to name a few.

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    “B” Sessions

    B1: Workplace Violence Prevention Starts with Civility and Respect

    Workshop Description


    A lack of civility and respect are at the root of all trust, violence, harassment and bullying issues within workplaces, and violence prevention cannot happen without workplace civility and respect. Some workplace policies and procedures are driven by provincial, territorial, federal legislation; the rest, by a sense of moral and ethical obligation to create and maintain a healthy and safe workplace for all.

    Healthy workplaces include prevention measures regarding workplace harassment and violence. A mentally healthy workplace considers the psychological and psychosocial impacts of all forms of harassment and violence.

    This 75-minute session will include interactive exercises, tools, resources and promising practices to be facilitated as well as table-top and group conversations. Workplace hazard and risk assessments must be comprehensive to account for sexual, domestic and workplace harassment and violence

    Biography


    Emma Ashurst, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)

    Emma Ashurst is an Occupational Health and Safety Specialist at the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) with the Inquiries and Client Services team. Emma provides workplace health and safety advice to employers, employees and government officials on a variety of topics such as mental health, ergonomics, building effective health and safety programs, health promotion and wellness initiatives, general safety, violence, and bullying in the workplace.

    In her capacity as Occupational Health and Safety Technical Specialist, Emma works on various projects at the Centre such as researching and writing OSH Answers fact sheets and providing client support for the Guarding Minds at Work web tool. Emma travels the country speaking on workplace mental health and is a media spokesperson for CCOHS. She is also widely involved in many of CCOHS’ internal initiatives and is one of two appointed mental health champions at CCOHS with responsibilities that include implementing the CSA Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace at the Centre.

    Sue Freeman, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)

    Sue Freeman is a Program Manager at the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) within the Communications group. She is for responsible for facilitating workplace mental health workshops, supporting business development activities, managing projects plus the CCOHS Speakers Bureau Program. With research interests centering on Positive Workplaces, Sue uses her background in experiential psychotherapy, emotional intelligence and positive psychology to help promote workplace issues. Sue is also one of two appointed Mental Health Champions at CCOHS.

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    B2: Three Steps to Building MeYouQ© and Creating a Foundation for Mental Wellness

    Workshop Description


    Are you prepared to fulfill your psychological health & safety obligations? Whether you are a people leader or an employee, your ability to comply with the standard is linked to the types of relationships you form with others.

    MeYouQ© is a new method for valuing yourself and others more, so you can lead a more peaceful, purposeful life. In this session, you will be introduced to the three parts in the MeYouQ© process, which include knowing and managing yourself, reserving judgment and showing empathy to others, and choosing to relate to and build relationships with others. These are the foundation for caring for mental wellness in and outside of the workplace.

    Objectives:

    • Develop increased self-awareness, with an appreciation for why they do what they do and think what they think
    • Increase their level of self-appreciation and live life with more purpose and mindfulness
    • Reserve judgment of others and appreciate others as having value and purpose
    • Recognize that others do what they do and think what they think because of who they are
    • Choose to relate to others and build meaningful connections
    • Negotiate successful relationships and meet the explicit and implicit expectations involved

    Biography


    Treena Chabot, TREE for Supervisors

    Treena Chabot, CPHR, is the author of MeYouQ: Life-Changing Protocols for People Leaders and a Canadian Mental Health Association Certified Psychological Health & Safety Advisor. She brings knowledge and experience from 18 years as a trainer and educator of new business professionals.

    As Principal of her own consulting company, she is committed to helping organizations improve their employee relations. She specializes in training and coaching new supervisors and assisting organizations in designing and implementing their Psychological Health & Safety Management Systems.

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    B3: Air Quality in the Workplace

    Workshop Description


    A general discussion on air quality concerns and testing at the workplace. The presentation will include discussions of testing in shop versus office areas, testing of common air quality concerns related to welding fume, silica and organic solvents, number of samples to collect, etc.

    Biography


    Leo Jr. Nicolas, HLC Consulting Ltd

    Leo Jr. Nicolas is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) with over 15 years’ experience in performing occupational exposure testing in various workplaces (industrial, manufacturing, healthcare, educational, commercial and residential) throughout Manitoba.

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    B4: Manitoba’s Drug and Alcohol Impaired Driving Laws

    Workshop Description


    Given the legalization of cannabis, this presentation will provide an update on provincial impaired driving legislation, driver licence suspensions, and any associated remedial requirements.

    Biography


    Gary Matson, Manitoba Public Insurance

    Gary has been involved with road safety for almost 25 years and has a particular interest in impaired driving related matters. His portfolio at Manitoba Public Insurance includes oversight of the Driver Improvement & Control, Medical Compliance & Assessments, and Ignition Interlock programs.

    Gary is the current Vice-Chair of the Drivers and Vehicles Committee of the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) and is a past Board member with Safety Services Manitoba. He has a wealth of experience in the field of impaired driving and sits on both provincial and national impaired driving committees. Gary has also undergone training in field sobriety testing and the drug recognition evaluation process used by law enforcement.

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    B5: Cannabis in the Workplace: Now that Cannabis is Legal

    Workshop Description

    Please note: The content of this session may be similar to session A4


    The presentation is tailored for safety officers and healthcare professionals regarding successful drug & alcohol testing program with an emphasis on cannabis.

    This workshop will cover the following topics:

    • History of cannabis
    • Pharmacological aspects of cannabis
    • Common routes of administration
    • Effects of cannabis on the body
    • Drug abuse and recognizing the signs
    • Workplace safety issues
    • Best practices for drug testing policy: meeting the gap with the legalization of cannabis
    • Employer implications: supervisor roles & responsibilities

    Biography


    Dr. Ryan Mitchell, Intrinsic Analytics Inc.

    Intrinsic Analytics is Manitoba’s leading bioinformation services provider, providing both personalized and customizable bioinformation and biochemical analysis for individuals, commercial enterprises and government agencies. It was co-founded in 2012 by pharmacologists Dr. Ryan Mitchell, Ph.D., Dr. Waylon Hunt, Ph.D., and cardiac physiologist Dr. Jon-Jon Santiago, Ph.D. Intrinsic Analytics offers two main platforms, occupational health and personal health. In addition, they also have a research and development program that is aimed at developing novel assays.

    Intrinsic Analytics offers a broad array of programs and testing services to address the occupational health testing needs. More specifically, they have designed drug and alcohol programs and protocols for companies to help achieve a safe and healthy work environment. Intrinsic Analytics has presented in various conferences as the expert in the field of drug testing and implementation of drug and alcohol policy especially with the recent legalization of cannabis.

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    B6: Exhibitor Tour: Discover New Safety Tools and Resources

    Workshop Description


    Your time will be spent visiting trade show booths and viewing new products and resources from the safety industry. See the latest and greatest tools to assist your organization in making your employees safer. Safety experts are there to assist with hands-on demonstrations, games and mini-presentations.

    Interested in learning more about the Exhibitor Tour? Check out our 2019 Sponsors and Exhibitors.

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