The Path Forward

A Webinar Series

An Annual Event Sharing Information on Occupational Health and Illness/Disease Prevention

Aligning the efforts of the Occupational Health and Safety System and partners to reduce the incidence and burden of occupational disease
whether chronic/long latency or more acute/infectious.

2021 Sessions Now Complete

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View resources from all past sessions below:

Target Audience:
Prevention System Partners and Stakeholders; Health and Safety Professionals; Medical and Scientific Researchers; Worker Advocates; Joint Health and Safety Committee Members; as well as interested Workers, Supervisors, Management and Owners from the workplaces of Ontario.



Occupational Exposures of Ottawa Firefighters’ to Toxicants of Concern

Paul A. White
Health Canada


Stay tuned for journal publication of the presentation’s research results

Evolution ODAP and The Occupational Illness Prevention Plan

Nancy Bradshaw
Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD)
Kimberly O’Connell
Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)


Understanding and Responding to the COVID-19 Information Needs of International Agricultural Workers in Ontario

Eduardo Huesca
Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)



The Silica Control Tool Pilot Project

Melanie Gorman-Ng
Kimberly O’Connell
Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers OHCOW)

CHAP Tools: Locally Developed User-friendly Software for Chemical Hazard and Risk Assessment

Thomas Tenkate
Ryerson University

Ventilation Calculation Tool

John Oudyk
Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

Barbara Hales and Bernard Robaire
McGill University

Advances in Understanding the Continuing Impact of Asbestos

Paul Demers
Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC)

Diesel Exhaust Exposure and Health Risk in Transportation and the Community

Kevin Hedges
Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)
Cheol-Heon Jeong
Southern Ontario Centre of Atmospheric Aerosol Research

 “Overview of O. Reg. 420/21”
Notices and Reports under Sections 51- 53.1 of the Act – Fatalities, Critical Injuries, Occupational Illnesses And Other Incidents

Brier Musson
Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD)

Occupational Exposure Limits

Victoria Arrandale
University of Toronto (UofT)

Respirable Dust Exposure in Ontario Miners and the WSIB COPD Exposure Guideline

Paul Sampara
Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)

Welcome Address

Dr. Joel Moody
Ontario Chief Prevention Officer

Anticipating and Preparing for Change in the Future of Work and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)

Arif Jetha
Institute for Work & Health

Typing, Toluene and Thapsigargin; Newspapers, Nail salons, and Pharmaceutical Manufacturers – Reporting Exposures in Workers and Industries in a Systemic Manner

Katherine Kirkland
Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics

A Framework for Standardized Patient Work Information that can be Documented in Health IT Systems

Genevieve Luensman and Barbara Wallace

2015 – 2020

 We are experiencing the impact of one of the most significant occupational diseases of our time.
The increased awareness of the general public regarding occupational disease, risk assessment  and control of potential  hazards in the workplace (as well as at home) is one of the positive outcomes of this unprecedented pandemic.

Session 1:
The Face of Occupational Illness – Cluster Investigations

Words of Welcome
Ron Kelusky, Chief Prevention Officer

 The Face of Occupational Disease – Cluster Investigations
Dave Wilken with OHCOW and Project Contributors-

Session 2:
Knowledge Mobilization for Occupational Disease Prevention

Using Scientific Evidence to Help Determine the Work-Relatedness of Cancer,
Dr. Paul Demers, Director, Occupational Cancer Research Centre, and Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health

The Occupational Disease Action Plan –
Where We’re At and Where We’re Going
A Passport for your Work Journey

Dr. Pravesh Jugnundan

COVID – An Occupational Disease – A Report from Best Brains Exchange – Transmission Routes for COVID-19 – Implications for Public Health,

Presented by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) in collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH).

Session 3:
Change for Occupational Disease Prevention

Update on the National Chemical Management Plan
Sarah Vanden Hoven, Sr. Science Advisor, Health Canada

Asbestos Free CanadaCSA Standard – Investigation of the Need for Asbestos Management Standards,
Alec Farquhar & Anya Keefe.

COVID – Regional Risk – rescheduled

Tools & Action – How you can Prevent Occupational Disease

Exposure /Control Banding
Dave Zalk , CIH ,Deputy Team Leader, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Professor, University of Illinois and University of California, Berkeley

Occupational Exposure Limit (OEL) Adjustment Tool – Why and How,
Marni Tivy, Policy Advisory, MLTSD,
Daniel Drolet & OHCOW

The Silica Control Tool – A “Living” Risk Assessment Tool for the Construction Industry,
Melanie Gorman-Ng, BCCSA

COVID Regional Risk Tool
John Oudyk, OHCOW Occupational Hygienist

Leading into November – Lung Month

Diesel Calculator and Background
Kevin Hedges and John Oudyk, Occupational Hygienists,
Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)


Note: Electronic copies of the diesel calculator in this presentation are available by contacting John or Kevin (above). Instructions will be provided on the proper use of the calculator along with important limitations of its use.

Preventative Maintenance in Mining to reduce Diesel Emissions Exposure
Sean McGinn, MKNIZD Factors

Work-Related Lung Disease
Dr. Christine Oliver, Medical Consultant, OHCOW; Division of Occupational and Environmental Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Multiple approaches to prevention, especially the dissemination of information to understand the hazards, and tools to assist workplaces in managing them, were featured in the following presentations:

Recognizing and Understanding the Impact of Multiple Exposures

Hazard Assessment and CommunicationTools

Occupational Disease Action Plan (ODAP) Update
and BC Silica Tool

Emerging Lessons from the McIntyre Powder Project

Andrew Zarnke
Occupational Health Coordinator, OHCOW – Sudbury

Cluster Updates GE Ventra and Rubber Worker Projects

Dave Wilken, OHCOW

Getting the Picture Improving Canadian Exposure Data

Hugh W Davies, PhD, CIH, Associate Professor
School of Population and Public Health

Manitoba Exposure Project

Occupational Medicine Insights

Dr. Anil Adisesh, MB, ChB, MSc, MD, FRCP, FFOM, FRCPC
Division Director Occupational Medicine & Assoc. Professor
University of Toronto

Exploring Integrating Occupational Exposure

Sarah Vanden Hoven & Kirsten Jacobsen, Health Canada;

Healthy Workers in Healthy Places
2019-20 MOL and Health and Safety System Initiatives

Leon Genesove, MD, FRCPC
Chief Physical and Director, MOL OHSB

For the 4th time, OHCOW once again organized a progressive and informative day of learning and sharing ideas around the critical goal of Occupational Health and Disease Prevention.

The program included perspectives from across the country and beyond:
• the latest picture of Ontario Occupational Disease incidence based on health data
• the results of the WorkSafe BC funded research project “Preventing Occupational Disease: Designing a System that Works”
• the approach to OccDisease in other provinces
• and broader insight from an eminent international Occupational Clinician, consultant and professor.

Sessions were also interspersed with short “Occ-omplishment” updates on Ontario’s Occupational Disease Action Plan (ODAP) and Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer talked about the goals of the new Five Year Prevention Strategy being developed for the province. Plus, for the first time, there was be an opportunity to drill down further into issues, learn and share your ideas at concurrent afternoon workshops on ODAP Priorities:
Noise, Allergens and Irritants, and Diesel Exhaust.

Building Understanding and Direction Through Surveillance

Occupational Disease Action Plan (ODAP) – Noise

Promising Strategies for Primary Prevention

Manitoba’s Occupational Disease Strategy

International Perspective on Occupational Disease Prevention

Building a New Prevention Strategy

Welcome by Minister of Labour, Kevin Flynn

Reach and Impact: Successful Strategies for Social Marketing

Beyond the Burden: From Cancer Risk to Reduction

by Dr. Paul Demers

Occ-omplishment: New System Noise Resources

Occ-omplishment: OEL and Blitz Updates – MOL

Occ-omplishment: Factoring in Vulnerability


Getting the Lead Out: Problem and Challenges Continue

Michelle Tew,  Kevin Hedges

Clusters: Seek, Respond or Ignore

 Roles and Response

Ministry of Labour (MOL)

WSIB Approach

GE Hazard Mapping

John Oudyk

McIntyre Links to International Aluminum Research

The following recorded sessions were held during the October 2016 Occ-tober Webinar Series hosted by OHCOW:

The Effects of Diesel Exhaust

Dr. Kevin Hedges, OHCOW

Ergonomic Tools

Dr. Mike Sonne, OHCOW

The McIntyre Powder Project

Dave Wilken


John Oudyk

Occupational Disease Action Plan

Val Wolfe, OHCOW


Sue Freeman, CCOHS

An inaugural event hosted by OHCOW on Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 to share the latest information on Occupational Health and Disease Prevention with Ontario Ministry of Labour Occupational Health and Safety Prevention System partners.
Several of the presenters have graciously agreed to allow public access to the session recordings and presentation PDFs below:

Welcome, George Gritziotis, Chief Prevention Officer

    Occupational Disease Incidence + Prevention:

Occupational Disease Strategy Framework + Skin Disease

Dr. Linn Holness, CRE-OD, St. Michael’s Hospital


Workplace Asthma

Dr. Mike Pysklywec, OHCOW, Hamilton


   Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Dr. Pravesh Jugnundan, OHCOW, Toronto


Occupational Cancer Incidence + Prevention:

   General Occupational Cancer Review

Dr. Paul Demers, OCRC & CAREX


    UV/Solar Radiation & Skin Cancer Prevention

Dr. Thomas Tenkate, Occupational & Public Health, Ryerson University


             Ignite! Infection Prevention through Complexity Science

Ms. L. Gitterman, Infection Prevention & Control, UHN


OO: Ergo – MSD App Launch

Curtis VanderGriendt, OHCOW Hamilton


OO:  Clinical –Teacher Vocal Cord Nodule Case

Cheryl Rook, OHCOW, Toronto


OO: Outreach – Migrant Farm Worker Program

Eduardo Huesca, OHCOW, Hamilton


OO:  Hygiene – Mining Elevator Ear Drum Case

Masood Ahmed, OHCOW Hamilton


    OO:  Health – Mental Injury Toolkit & App Update

Terri Aversa, OPSEU


     Mental Injury Incidence and Prevention

Dr. D. Posen

(No presentation or video recording available)

Discussion/Future Initiatives

Dr. N. Kerin, OHCOW Toronto