OCC-COVID WEBINAR SERIES

Science, Solutions and Success Stories

An ongoing series of webinars that present the current COVID situation and provide guidance and direction for dealing with it in our workplaces and public settings.

UPCOMING SESSIONS

Information on upcoming sessions will be presented here as soon as it becomes available.
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PREVIOUS SESSIONS

2021

 An Occ-tober / Occ-COVID Crossover Event

 Joint Problem Solving: World Health Network, A Global Vision for Disease Prevention

Dr. Yaneer Bar Yam, New England Complex Systems Institute

Data is the Key to Workplace (and Community) Prevention – COVID as a Case Study

Dr. Peter Smith, Institute for Work and Health

Airborne Transmission of Respiratory Viruses and Implications for Workplaces

Dr. Jose-Luis Jimenez, University of Colorado

What Can We Do Individually and Collectively to Make a Difference?
Panel Discussion

Delta and School Reopening: How to Ensure Good Ventilation and/or Filtration

Dr. Jim Rosenthal, Tex-Air Filters

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Building Your Own DIY Corsi-Rosenthal Box Air Cleaner

Ergonomic Basics for Kids at Home and School

Melissa Statham and Andrew Flanagan, Ergonomists, OHCOW

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Control and Protection: Optimizing Mask/Respirator Use For All Ages

Danielle Cane, Masks4Canada

Cleaning for Health, Not Theatre

Dorothy Wigmore, OHCOW

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What More Can We Do?
Panel Discussion

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In the meantime, they are available on Facebook.

Delta is Different: Data & Modelling Implications for Canada this Fall

Dr. Malgorzata (Gosia) Gasperowicz, Ph.D,  Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary

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Prevent Transmission: Aerosol Controls and other practical Solutions

Dr. Krystal Pollitt, Ph.D., P.Eng. Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, Yale School of Public Health

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One More Tool: Workplace COVID Testing Basics, Value, Limitations and Logistics

Marianne Levitsky, MES, CIH, ROH, FAIHA,
Workplace Health Without Borders and ECOH

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What More Can We Do?
Panel Discussion

Moderator:  Alec Farquhar

Public Health and OHS: An Opportunity for Synergy?
Learnings from COVID

Dr. Ray Copes, formerly Chief Environmental and Occupational Health, Public Health Ontario

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Prevent Transmission: Aerosol Controls and Other Practical Solutions

Dr. Krystal Pollitt, Ph.D., P.Eng. Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, Yale School of Public Health

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Perspectives from Québec

Dr. Naktaria Nicolakakis, Specialized Scientific Advisor, Institut national de sante publique du Quebec

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Current (and Ever-Changing) COVID-10 Myths, Roadblocks, Solutions

Dr. David Fisman, MD, MPH FRCP(C), Professor, Epidemiology, Dalla Lana School of public Health Lead, Pandemic readiness Stream, Institute for Pandemics, University of Toronto

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(including the Introduction)

WATCH PANEL DISCUSSION

Moderator: Dr. Kevin Hedges CIH, COH.

Recognizing the Occupational Health Role in Prevention and Ideas for a Canadian National Standard on Airborne Precautions

Marc-Andre Lavoie ROH (Former President and board member Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists CRBOH), Nova Scotia, Canada.

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US OSHA Update
plus
Building Programs to Protect Workers

an update on US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) training resources including
Protecting Yourself from COVID-19 in the Workplace

Jonathan Rosen, MS. CIH, National Clearinghouse for Worker Safety and Health Training.

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Lessons from Australia

 Including NSQHS Standards 2021 Preventing and Controlling Infections Standard | Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.

Kate Cole (President elect of AIOH), Kevin Hedges former President and board member of Workplace Health Without Borders (WHWB) International

Canada, lessons from the past and the importance of an elimination strategy

Laurence Svirchev, CIH, American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), International Affairs Committee, Ambassador to China. British Columbia (BC), Canada. With Vivian Danping Sheng. B. Med; American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA); Dipl. OHS, BC Institute of Technology.

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Moderator: Dr. Kevin Hedges CIH, COH.

The Tragedy of COVID-19 in Canada: A Tale of Hubris, Fatal Choices and Preventable Failures

Mario Possamai, 2003-6 SARS Commission Senior Adviser, 2021 Fatal Choices: COVID-19, Nursing & the Tragedy of Long-term Care author

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Counting Counts: The Drive to Mark Losses and Find Lessons, Natalie Mehra, Executive Director, Ontario Health Coalition

Natalie Mehra, Executive Director, Ontario Health Coalition

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The Ontario Education Sector Pandemic Response Receives a Failing Grade: Lessons in workplace transmission

Tracie Edward, Health and Safety Coordinator, Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario

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Food for Thought: Essential Workers at Highest Risk

Tim Deelstra, Engagement and Media Relations Strategist, United Food and Commercial Workers Canada

A Parallel Event Hosted by the University of Calgary

Is Airborne Transmission an Important and Mitigatable Aspect of the COVID-19 Pandemic?
A Panel Discussion

SARS & COVID-19- Response and Learnings

John Oudyk , Occupational Hygienist, OHCOW

Canada’s Pandemic Response Products: Towards a Self-Sufficient and Sustainable Ecosystem

Rebecca Hancock-Howard  – University of Toronto

Workplaces and COVID-19 – On the Horizon Research & Standards

Victoria Arrandale – University of Toronto, CSA Research Paper Author

The three sessions above are all available in this one video:

A continuation from our March 5th session
Face Coverings and Respirators “Filling the Gap”

Elastomeric Respirators 101

Todd Irick , Occupational Hygienist, OHCOW

Feasibility, Research, and Implementation Guidance

Margaret Sietsema – University of Illinois at Chicago

The Frontline Perspective – US and Canada – Myths, Roadblocks and Solutions

Mark Catlin- Industrial Hygiene consultant and retired Workplace Health and Safety Director for the Service Employees International Union, (SEIU)

Paul Sylvestre – Health and Safety Representative , CUPE National

The three sessions above are all available in this one video:

Moderator: Patricia Phillips, ED, Central Region, OHCOW

Vaccines and Vaccination |  Point of Care/Rapid Testing

Dr. Leon Genesove, Occupational Medicine Physician

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Variants of Concern (VOC)  |  Vaccines

Fatima Tokhmafshan – Geneticist and Researcher

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Reflections on My First-Hand Pandemic Experience as an ICU Physician and Pulmonologist

Dr. Obed T. Adarkwah – ICU Physician

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The three sessions above are all available in this one video:

Building on our “Air” on the Side of Caution session, this sequel offers further guidance around ventilation solutions and tools to help control the COVID-19 virus in workplaces.

Moderator: Dr. Kevin Hedges, OHCOW

Evaluation, Monitoring and Mitigation of SARS-CoV-2 Airborne Transmission Risks in Cities and Buildings

Dr. Liangzhu (Leon) Wang, Concordia University

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Strategic Safety Measures to Mitigate Indoor Risk of Viral Transmission

Thomas Smith, 3 Flow

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More Important than Ever: Air Treatment in the Age of COVID-19

Dr. Jeffrey Siegel, University of Toronto

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Success Story: Putting Knowledge Into Action to Get Air-Purifiers in School

Dr. Sarah Addleman, Aerosol Transmission Coalition

The four sessions above are all available in this one video:

Addressing the confusion around face coverings, masks, and respirators. Join our interdisciplinary team who will provide guidance on some of the many questions being asked by workplace parties and the public.

Moderator: Dr. Simon Smith

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Face Coverings Surgical Masks Respirators

Lisa Brosseau, Industrial Hygienist, Speaker, Award-winning professor, researcher, writer, educator

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Personal Protective Equipment – Health Canada and NRC

Amanda Jones, Senior Scientific Evaluator, Health Canada
Maria Negulescu, P.Eng.  Industrial Technology Advisor, National Research Council Canada.

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Respirators in the Pandemic

Stacy Richardson,  Senior Health & Safety Application Professional, 3M

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The three sessions above are all available in this one video:

Recognition of workplace and airborne transmission is rising, plus there is a new variant on the horizon. Join professional staff and guests at OHCOW’s 6th Occ-Covid webinar to learn the latest on SARS-CoV-2 transmissibility, aerosol risks and why they matter, and especially to discuss practical solutions for indoor spaces.

Transmissibility – routes of transmission and principles of transmission interruption

Dr. Raymond Tellier, McGill University

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Infection control – Air cleaning and Filtration in the Age of COVID-19

Prof. Jeffrey Siegel, UofT

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Engineering Solutions – Focus on Ventilation

Stéphane Bilodeau, Engineer, PhD

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Personal Protection Equipment – the Main Types of PPE and Recommendations for Prevention of Aerosol Exposure

Simon Smith, Canadian Standards Association (CSA)

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Where We’re At? and Q & A

With more than 73 million documented infections of COVID-19 and 1.6 million deaths worldwide, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic continues unabated. The clinical spectrum of SARS-CoV-2 infection ranges from an asymptomatic infection to a life-threatening and fatal disease. Current estimates are that approximately 41 million people globally have “recovered”; however, clinicians are observing patients with persistent symptoms and others who develop complications after SARS-CoV-2 infection. Because COVID-19 is a new disease, much about it remains uncertain—in particular, the possible long-term health consequences.

Post-Acute COVID-19
“Long” COVID-19

Dr. Pravesh Jugnundan, MD. FCFP. FCBOM. FACOEM. MRO.CIME

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The Importance of Recognizing COVID-19 as an Occupational Disease

Dave Wilken, Barrister & Solicitor OHCOW Chief Operating Officer

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2020

The current surge in Covid case numbers in Canada is likely to climb throughout winter, particularly given increased time spent – and interactions – indoors, compounded by the difficulty in maintaining natural ventilation at low temperatures. Therefore, every workplace needs to consider and boost alternate controls, including the proper use of effective respiratory protection. This will be critical to protect all frontline workers, in and out of healthcare. Scientific studies have shown properly fitted (and worn) N95 (or better) respirators provide greater protection than surgical masks. Understand the difference, see the impact of making the wrong choice, and learn how judicious use is making a difference in Covid prevention around the world.

International Lessons from China and Australia

Kevin Hedges, OHCOW

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Canadian lessons from SARS 1 and Now 2

Alec Farquhar (Mario Possamai)

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Elastomeric Respirator Effectiveness and uUe

Nicolas Smit

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Respirator Program Considerations for Non-Healthcare Workplaces
Evaluating the Need and Implementation Guidance for COVID-19.

Kevin Hedges, OHCOW
(obo Dr. Margaret Sietsema, University of Illinois)

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All four presentations are combined in the following video:

In less than a year, COVID-19 has become one of the most significant occupational diseases of our time, with thousands of workers exposed, hundreds seriously ill and an unacceptable number killed in Ontario alone.
With winter arriving and cases surging in the Province, more needs to be done to control this deadly virus.  Much can be learned and applied from recent transmission, infection risk and exposure control science, but it is also valuable to review critical basic tenets of hazard communication and participatory health and safety to find solutions that work in real life situations.

Addressing Airborne Transmission by Doing Something about Ventilation

John Oudyk, OHCOW

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Writing the Workers Back In: Sparking Knowledge Activism to fight COVID-19

OFL Section 21 Health Care Committee members

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Moderator:  Dr. Raymond Tellier

SARS-CoV-2 in Droplets and Aerosols

Dr. Linsey Marr

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SARS-CoV-2 Modes of Transmission and Related IPC Measures

Dr. John Conly

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Understanding and Controling SARS-CoV2 Transmission

Dr. Donald Milton

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All three sessions are combined in this one video:

International experts in infection control, occupational hygiene, and respiratory protection will discuss up to science, controls and methodology related to exposure to coronavirus and prevention of COVID-19. This session will build on the science delivered in session 1, and provide advice on the importance of the hierarchy of controls (HOC) which includes ventilation as a higher order control along with appropriate and effective personal protective equipment (PPE).

Moderator:  Dr. Kevin Hedges, OHCOW Hygienist

The Role of Infectious Dose in Identifying and Managing COVID-19 Risks

Dr. Lisa Brosseau, ScD, CIH

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Experience with Cal/OSHA’s Aerosol Transmissible Disease Standard

Deborah Gold MPH, CIH

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Ventilated Headboards and the Need for Novel Controls for SARS-CoV-2

Prof. John Cherrie

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Selecting Effective Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) for SARS-CoV-2

Dr. Simon Smith

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Questions and Answers

This webinar will provide the most up to date science, strategies and recommendations to provide a point of care risk assessment (PCRA) for HCW. Guidance will be provided to better inform HCW to carry out a PCRA. It will also advise on the importance of the HOC which includes ventilation as a higher order control along with appropriate / protective personal protective equipment (PPE). It will reinforce the precautionary principle approach which considers the 3 modes of transmission: aerosols, droplets and contact (fomites) exposure.

Chair:  Patricia Phillips, OHCOW

Feedback from Healthcare Workers Survey

John Oudyk, OHCOW

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Experience with Cal/OSHA’s Aerosol Transmissible Disease Standard

Kevin Hedges, OHCOW

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Applying the Hierarchy of Control
(with examples)

Neil McDermott, PSHSA

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Point of Care Risk Assessment for HCW

Sandi Jones, SEIU Health Care

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All four sessions are combined in this one video: