Spring Into Action Health and Safety Forum Annual Webinar/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.

Location: Carpenters Union Local 93, 8560 Campeau Drive, Kanata

  • OHCOW and Guest Speakers
  • Light Refreshments Provided
  • MORE Details to Follow

All are welcome, including colleagues, committee members and anyone interested in Occupational Health and Safety!

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

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

OHCOW Intro to Services, Cluster Investigations

Speaker: Sylvia Boyce, OHCOW staff

9:30am - 10:15am

Silica Tool

Speaker: KOC/OHCOW and staff

10:15 am


10:30am - 11:15am

Heat Stress

Speakers: OHCOW Staff

11:15am - 11:30am


Coffee, tea, water and treats

11:45am - 12:30pm

PTSD/CMS/Pitfalls & Support

Speaker: TBA





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