Mayday, Mayday 2020

Mayday, Mayday Workplace Mental Health Series 2020

Mayday, Mayday is an internationally recognized cry for help, and Mayday itself celebrates the contribution of workers the world over, both of which apply to the critically important subject of Workplace Mental Health, especially as we all strive to cope with the impact of the current global pandemic. This 5 week series will draw speakers from across Ontario and beyond to highlight and share solutions to Workplace Mental Health, Stress & Injury Prevention with consideration for both the new, and (hopefully soon) restored, “normal”.

1. Covid-19 & Psychological Health & Safety in Healthcare

Friday, May 1, 2020

1. Pandemic experience by Healthcare Workers Survey (John Oudyk, Occupational Hygienist, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers, OHCOW)

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Preliminary Results for the Pandemic Healthcare Workers’ Survey

2. Advancing an m-health approach to supporting front-line healthcare workers (Sandra Moll, Occupational Therapist and Associate Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University)

Beyond Silence research on psychological health and safety in healthcare

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3. Healthcare and Mental Health Resources and Support (Kim Slade, Director Emerging Markets & Commercialization, Public Services Health and Safety Association, PSHSA)

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4. Prevention possibilities discussion


2. Survey Savvy – Choosing the right Tool

Friday, May 8, 2020 1:30pm – 3:00pm

There is a lot of interest in measuring the psychosocial work environment in the workplace. But, how do we know if a survey measurement instrument is valid and effective?

Join John Oudyk (Occupational Hygienist, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers, OHCOW) and Peter Smith (Scientific Co-Director, Institute for Work & Health) as they compare two popular inter/national tools: Guarding Minds @ Work (GM@W), and the Copenhagen Psychosocial Questionnaire (COPSOQ), also the basis of OHCOW’s StressAssess.

Using survey data from workers across Canada, they will tell you which instrument performs the best, and most importantly, why it matters — so you can make an informed choice to support Mental Health in your workplace.

NB: John and Peter are co-authors of a related paper: Dissecting the effect of workplace exposures on workers’ rating of psychological health and safety that is among the top 10% downloaded by the American Journal of Industrial Medicine in 2019. Join the webinar to learn what all the excitement is about!

Video and slides from John Oudyk’s presentation.

Video and slides from Peter Smith’s presentation.


3. Research Review on Bullying, Law & Mental Injury Prevention

Friday, May 15, 2020 1:30pm – 3:00pm

1. Strengths & Weaknesses of the use of Law to Protect Worker Mental Health, Katherine Lippel, University of Ottawa

Katherine Lippel, is Professor of Law and Distinguished Research Chair at the University of Ottawa. She held the Canada Research Chair in Occupational Health and Safety Law there from 2006 to 2020. Her research program explores the relationship between the law (including legislation, regulations, directives, case law, policy and industry standards), and occupational health and safety, particularly re: the effects of legal frameworks on the prevention and compensation of work related injury, with a view to defining policy changes that can reduce injury and provide just compensation. She has won several research awards , is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and the author of numerous articles and books in the field.
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2. Workplace Bullying & Mental Health, Dr. Karen Harlos, University of Winnipeg

Dr. Harlos is Professor and past Chair, Department of Business and Administration, at the University of Winnipeg. Her field is organizational behaviour and she conducts research on workplace mistreatment and bullying, employee silence and voice in the face of work mistreatment, healthcare workplace issues, and quality of worklife. Her work has been published in many high-quality journals and she recently completed her role as Director of a 4 year multi-institution SSHRC research project examining workplace bullying and mistreatment using international and integrative perspectives for prevention ( Her presentation is drawn from that work.
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3. Harassment & Bullying Incidence, Impact & Opportunity for Prevention from 2019 National StressAssess Dataset, John Oudyk, Occupational Hygienist, OHCOW.
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4. Panel Discussion


4. International Approaches to Stress & Injury Prevention

A quick tour of standards, resources and tools from Canada, UK, US (and beyond) to recognize, assess & control psychosocial hazards at work.

Friday, May 22, 2020 1:30pm – 3:00pm

1. The Case for Primary Prevention & UK Experience, Peter Kelly, UK HSE

Peter is Senior Psychologist, with the Health & Safety Executive; Expert Advisor on Mental Health to ISO 45003; Practitioner Chair, European Academy Occupational Health Psychology (EAOHP); and an InsideOut LeaderBoard Role Model 2020. He is involved in visual risk communication and psychological impact of change on Health and Safety behaviour and an advisor on several European projects on psychosocial interventions.

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2. CSA Update & ISO 45003 development, Norma McCormick, Corporate Health Works

Norma has participated in standards development for >30 years, as a member on CSA Technical Committees ( Z1000, Z1600, & Z1005), plus chairing Z1004, General Workplace Ergonomics standard. Norma also chaired ISO’s Consumer Policy Committee (ISO COPOLCO) 2010 – 2013, heads the Canadian Delegations to two ISO Technical Committees: TC292 – Security & Resilience, and PC283 for ISO 45001 – OHS Management System, and is now Convenor of TC283 Working Group 2, for ISO 45003 on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. Norma is a recipient of CSA’s Award of Merit.

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3. The Healthy Work Campaign: Work Stress Prevention Strategies in the U.S., Paul Landsbergis & Marnie Dobson Zimmerman, Healthy Work Campaign

Marnie Dobson, Ph.D., is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at  UC Irvine Center for Occupational and Environmental Health and the Associate Director of the Center for Social Epidemiology. The Center conducts epidemiological research on the effects of work-related stress on mental health and cardiovascular disease and promotes public health efforts to prevent work stress-related health consequences. She is also the Director of the Healthy Work Campaign, a public health campaign focused on raising awareness in the U.S. about the health impacts of work stress on working people.

Dr. Landsbergis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University School of Public Health. Dr. Landsbergis has a PhD in Epidemiology & an EdD in Labor Studies, w. extensive research and teaching experience on social epidemiology, work organization, work stress, workplace interventions, lean production, socioeconomic health inequities, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal disorders and psychological disorders. Dr. Landsbergis served  on the NIOSH Intervention Effectiveness Research Team, and the NRC Committee on the Health and Safety Needs of Older Workers. He co-edited two related books (The Workplace and Cardiovascular Disease, 2000; Unhealthy Work, 2009), is Deputy Editor of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, and has been a consultant to many labor unions.

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4. Panel Discussion



5. Worker Pandemic Experience & MH Working from Home

Event finale w. key info on the Pandemic’s impact on workers,  Survey success strategies & Protecting Mental Health while Working from Home.

Friday, May 29, 2020 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Introduction, Ron Kelusky, Chief Prevention Officer, Ontario MLTSD

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1. Pandemic Worker Experience Survey Results, John Oudyk, Occupational Hygienist, OHCOW & Peter Smith, Scientific Co-Director, IWH

The Pandemic Worker Experience Survey has been open for almost a month. Let’s take a peek at the results from over 3000 participants to understand the challenges faced, their impact and especially try to extrapolate to some stress (and injury) prevention strategies going forward.

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2. WMH Survey Success Strategies:

• Templates, Tales & Tips, Terri Szymanski, Health & Safety Officer, OPSEU, Terri is the Chair of the Mental Injury Toolkit Group and has stewarded numerous successful StressAssess surveys in workplaces across Ontario. She has a lot of wisdom (& even some tools) to share to maximize the value to participants & their organizations.

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• Listen to the Cues (Qualitative Analysis), Daryl Stephenson, Ergonomist, OHCOW Daryl’s PhD is in qualitative research and he has brought his expertise to the interpretation of survey comments, greatly enriching the knowledge to be gained as well as informing paths forward.

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3. Protecting the Mental Health of Employees Working Remotely, Janet Carr, Workplace Mental Health Consultant, WSPS.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live, work, study and play. As a result, people are experiencing increased levels of stress, anxiety and loneliness, impacting their mental health. Learn why we need to pay attention to the psycho-social risks of working remotely, actions employers can take to provide mental health support and foster engagement, plus individual strategies to deal with the stress of these unprecedented times.

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4. Panel Discussion