Spring Into Action Health and Safety Forum
Annual Virtual/In-Person Conference Event


Friday, April 19, 2024 | 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

This year Spring into ACTion will be a hybrid event.  Registration will be required for both virtual and in person.

In-Person Location: Carpenters Union Local 93, 8560 Campeau Drive, Kanata

Who should attend?
All are welcome, including colleagues, committee members and anyone interested in Occupational Health and Safety! This conference will benefit all workers.

ITINERARY – Friday, April 19, 2024

Registration / Refreshments 8:30am
Opening 8:50 a.m. sharp
Info sessions
Break / Refreshments 11:30 a.m.
Info Session
Closing Remarks 1 p.m.

Sponsored by: ODLC Health & Safety and Environment Committee, OHCOW Local Outreach Committee (LOC)

For more information, please contact:

jennifer@ottawalabour.org or cbaker@ohcow.on.ca


To Pre-Register for either In-Person or Virtual, Click Zoom Link below:

Hosted by the Ottawa & District Labour Council with OHCOW’s  Eastern Region Local Advisory Committee

Ottawa and District Labour Council logo



(This schedule subject to change)




Welcome and Land Acknowledgement

Sean McKenny, President, ODLC

Laura Lozanski, LOC Chair


Westray Bill Updates


Sylvia Boyce, USW Education & Training Canadian National Office Dept. Leader


OHCOW Intro to Services


Kimberly O’Connell, ROH, CIH, CRSP - ED Eastern Region, OHCOW Clinic

9:30am - 10:30am

Silica Control Tool – New Online Tool Estimates Silica Exposure in Construction


Meghan Friesen, B.A., ROH, Occupational Hygienist, OHCOW

10:30am - 11:30am

Heat Stress Toolkit – New Tools to Help with Heat Stress Management


André Gauvin, BSc, MHK, CCPE, CIH, Occupational Hygienist, OHCOW



Coffee, tea, water and treats

11:45am - 12:30pm

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Chronic Mental Stress & Traumatic Mental Stress – Effects, Pitfalls and Support


David Chezzi, OHCOW President and Chair

Laura Lozanski, LOC Chair





Schedule Events

Heat Stress Toolkit- New Tools to help with Heat Stress Management

André Gauvin, BSc, MHK, CCPE, CIH, Occupational Hygienist, Ontario Health Clinics for Ontario Workers

Heat stress is a significant and year-round physical hazard in many indoor, outdoor and underground occupations that deal with either local or environmental heat sources. To make matters worse, its effects may be compounded when personal protective equipment (PPE) is involved. The impacts of heat stress can be serious, and it is critical to address this hazard to protect employees and your business from negative health effects, lost productivity, and employee morale. As of late, we have gathered new information surrounding heat stress to update the current Ontario heat stress response plan, along with making it more accessible to the workers and employers dealing with the risk of excessive heat exposure. This session will discuss the hazards of working in the heat and guide you through the new updated heat stress response plan.  

Silica Control Tool - New Online Tool which Estimates Silica Exposure in Construction

Meghan Friesen, B.A., ROH, Occupational Hygienist, Ontario Health Clinics for Ontario Workers

The Ontario Silica Control Tool is a online tool that can be used in workplaces where silica dust may be generated during construction activities. Silica is one of the most common hazards at construction sites. This Tool is intended for workplaces where air monitoring may be challenging or difficult, or before air monitoring to identify risk and select control measures. Workers exposed to airborne respirable silica are at an increased risk of developing lung diseases like silicosis, lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This session will discuss the hazards and health effects of silica, exposures in the construction industry, and guide you through how to use the new online Tool.




Friday, April 14, 2023 | 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Online Info Sessions:

Temporary Foreign Workers Eastern Ontario Project

Eduardo Huesca & Leonor Cedillo

Long COVID- Medical and Worker’s Compensation Implications

Dr. Pravesh Jugnundan
OHCOW & Margaret Keyes, OWA

BREATHING CLEANER AIR is as important as drinking clean water - what can we do?

Kevin Hedges
Hygienist, OHCOW


Friday, April 14, 2023
9:00 a.m.: Opening, Info sessions
12 p.m.: Closing Remarks