Occ-tober 2020

Fri, 09 Oct 2020

6th Annual Occ-tober Symposia Webinar Series on Occupational Health & Disease Prevention:
Impact = Knowledge + Change + Action

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 and at home is one of the positive outcomes of this unprecedented pandemic.

Please join us for this 6th Annual Event supporting the Occupational Disease Action Plan (ODAP) which aligns the efforts of the Occupational Health and Safety System and partners toward Occupational Disease Prevention and minimizing hazardous exposures in Ontario workplaces in order to reduce the incidence and burden of occupational disease whether chronic/long latency or more acute/infectious.   This year will be held virtually in a series of shorter webinars the 5 Fridays in October.

Oct. 2, 9, 16,  23, 30 : 10am-12noon   

UPDATE: Videos and materials linked below for all 5 sessions!

Session 1: The Face of Occupational Illness - Cluster Investigations - October 2: 10-12

  • Words of Welcome: Ron Kelusky, Chief Prevention Officer 
  • Dave Wilken with OHCOW and Project Contributors- The Face of Occupational Disease-Cluster Investigations

Video recording of the event:

Session 2: Knowledge Mobilization for Occupational Disease Prevention - October 9: 10-12

  • 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, hosted 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).

Video recording of the event:

Session 3: Change for Occupational Disease Prevention - October 16: 10-12

Video recording of the event:

Session 4: Tools & Action - How you can Prevent Occupational Disease - October 23: 10-12

  • 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(OEL Adjust)- 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 – OHCOW Occupational Hygienist, John Oudyk

Video recording of the event:

Session 5: Leading into November - Lung Month - October 30: 10-12

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