Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) cause more pain, injury and disability than any other type of work-related injury and account for 40 per cent of all lost-time injury claims in Ontario. More concerning though is that these rates have changed little in a generation. Why is this?
Workers and their unions are asking the same questions. More importantly, they are seeking solutions to help end this needless suffering.
To support health and safety activists in this critical prevention work, and in recognition of Global Ergonomics Month, the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) and Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC) will co-host a conference to explore the many ways to prevent MSDs. Through plenaries and engaging workshops participants will be encouraged to identify barriers to prevention as well as effective tools and strategies to overcome these barriers.
Conference participant feedback will also inform the work of OHCOW and WHSC. Both organizations remain dedicated to providing workers and their representatives the resources they need to address work-related hazards such as the sources of workplace MSDs.
Moving from pain to prevention: Taking action to prevent MSDs
Sunday, October 25, 2015, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
(followed by a reception)
Plenary and workshops
Monday, October 26, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(Breakfast service begins at 7:30 am)
Sheraton Hamilton Hotel, 116 King Street West, Hamilton, Ontario
$85.00 plus HST
(includes opening night reception, breakfast, lunch and breaks on Monday)
Worker health and safety activists and their union representatives
Please print and complete the conference registration form. Send your completed form to WHSC by fax to 416-441-1043, or scan and email it to email@example.com, or mail it to WHSC/OHCOW Workers' Ergo Conference, 802-15 Gervais Drive, Toronto, ON M3C 1Y8. (Note: sponsoring unions can ask to be invoiced by WHSC.)
Reserve your hotel room:
Online at www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/WHSCandOHCOWConference2015. Reservations can also be made by contacting their 24 hour, toll-free reservations line at 1-888-627-8161 and asking for the 'WHSC/OHCOW Conference 2015' group block of $129/night - single or double occupancy.
Help spread the word:
Please download and share our conference flyer.
Visit www.whsc.on.ca/Events/Workers-Ergo-Conference in the coming weeks for a final conference agenda. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-888-869-7950 and ask to speak with a WHSC Training Services Representative.