Protecting Our Frontline: Keeping Workers Safe – Education Series

Members:  $95 per webinar; $268 workshop
Non-Members:  $140 per webinar; $383 workshop

Workplace health and safety is vital to providing high quality care for seniors, supporting worker morale and controlling costs related to lost work time. Keep your organization on top of the latest information and provincial developments by registering for this valuable education series. Three webinars take you through how to support workers’ mental health, recent Ministry of Labour health and safety initiatives, reducing the most common job-related injuries, what Ministry inspectors look for and how to achieve compliance, for everyone’s benefit.

The series wraps up with a full-day workshop dedicated to the critical and pressing issue of managing and reducing workplace violence and responsive behaviours. Brush up your knowledge and take back the most current information and strategies to keep everyone safe in your organization. 

Webinar 1
April 26, 2019
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  Managing Workplace Injuries: Slips, Trips and Falls
How does your organization stack up when it comes to slips, trips and falls (SLFs) among your workers? Injuries due to SLFs are a leading cause of missed work time in Ontario’s health care sector, and employers are responsible for eliminating hazards leading to them under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Learn about preventative measures your organization can take to reduce the risk as well as what Ministry inspectors look for to ensure legal compliance. 

Sherri Bastos, Director of Prevention and Operations, Engagement and Retention, Public Services Health and Safety Association

Jennifer Stanley, Provincial Specialist, Ministry of Labour

Webinar 2
May 21, 2019
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace
Everyone needs good mental health to do their best work, including those providing care to seniors. Refresh and enhance your knowledge about the common mental health issues that can affect seniors’ care workers and how your organization can improve mental health in the workplace. Learn the ingredients for creating a workplace culture that reduces stigma and engages and supports workers who may experience mental health challenges.

Olena Chapovalov, Health and Safety Consultant, Public Services Health and Safety Association

Webinar 3
May 27, 2019
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  Managing Workplace Injuries: Musculoskeletal Disorders
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a major source of lost-time workplace injuries and associated costs in the health care sector, representing more than one-third of all such injuries. Understand common MSD hazards in seniors’ care and how to help your workers limit their risk and prevent the onset of MSDs.

Sandra Excellent, Health and Safety Consultant, Public Services Health and Safety Association

June 24, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Villa Colombo Home for the Aged, Toronto

  Workplace Violence Prevention and Responsive Behaviours in Seniors’ Care
More seniors’ care workers report that they are experiencing violence on the job, leading to physical and psychological harm, burnout, and time off work. Seniors are also entering care more fragile and with increased acuity. Responding to this timely issue, this full-day workshop will provide practical steps for mitigating the risks of non-physical and physical violence, including aggressive and responsive behaviours, leading to greater safety for everyone in the care environment.

In this workshop you will learn more about:

  • The difference between violence and aggressive or responsive behaviours for the purpose of developing policies and procedures to address and report such incidents.
  • How to use different tools to improve staff reporting.
  • The physical and psychological effects of violence on workers.
  • How to develop and implement unique measures and strategies specific to seniors’ care to safeguard workers and seniors against different forms of violence.
  • How these can contribute to a lower risk of injuries, improved communication and better care.

Speakers TBD

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Cancellations: Cancellations will be accepted up to five working days prior to the date of the program less a 15% administration fee that will apply regardless of the status of payment. Registrants who fail to attend the program or cancel after the deadline date shall be liable for the full fee. There is no charge for delegate substitutions. The AdvantAge Ontario Education Department reserves the right to cancel or reschedule this program.