The Path Forward

A Webinar Series

An Annual Event Sharing Information on Occupational Health and Illness/Disease Prevention

Aligning the efforts of the Occupational Health and Safety System and partners to reduce the incidence and burden of occupational disease
whether chronic/long latency or more acute/infectious.


Fridays, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
October 29 to November 26, 2021

Popular culture awareness of Occupational Illness/Disease Prevention and the Hierarchy of Controls due to the COVID-19 pandemic has expanded our knowledge mobilization through our OCC-COVID Webinars and COVID Resources.

Leveraging this awareness, along with our clinical work and co-leading the longer latency priorities of the OHS System Occupational Disease Action Plan (ODAP), OHCOW provides a unique perspective on a full circle occupational illness/disease prevention approach (primary, secondary and tertiary).

Note:  Registration is FREE for all sessions, but is required for reporting purposes.

Welcome Address

Dr. Joel Moody, Chief Prevention Officer

Anticipating and Preparing for Change in the Future of Work and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)

Arif Jetha, Institute for Work & Health

Typing, Toluene and Thapsigargin; Newspapers, Nail salons, and Pharmaceutical Manufacturers – Reporting Exposures in Workers and Industries in a Systemic Manner

Katherine Kirkland, Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics

A Framework for Standardized Patient Work Information that can be Documented in Health IT Systems

Genevieve Luensman & Barbara Wallace,

 “Overview of O. Reg. 420/21”
Notices and Reports under Sections 51- 53.1 of the Act – Fatalities, Critical Injuries, Occupational Illnesses And Other Incidents

Brier Musson, MLTSD

Occupational Exposure Limits

Victoria Arrandale, University of Toronto (UofT)

Respirable Dust Exposure in Ontario Miners and the WSIB COPD Exposure Guideline

Paul Sampara, OHCOW

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

Barbara Hales / Bernard Robaire, McGill University

Advances in Understanding the Continuing Impact of Asbestos

Paul Demers, Occupational Cancer Research Centre

Diesel Exhaust Exposure and Health Risk in Transportation and the Community

Kevin Hedges, OHCOW
Cheol-Heon Jeong, Southern Ontario Centre of Atmospheric Aerosol Research

The Silica Control Tool Pilot Project

Melanie Gorman-Ng, BCCSA
Kimberly O’Connell, OHCOW

CHAP Tools: Locally Developed User-friendly Software for Chemical Hazard and Risk Assessment

Thomas Tenkate, Ryerson University

Understanding and Responding to the COVID-19 Information Needs of International Agricultural Workers in Ontario

Eduardo Huesca, OHCOW

Chemical Management Plan Updates – Helping to Protect Firefighters from Harmful Chemicals

Health Canada

Evolution ODAP and The Occupational Illness Prevention Plan

Nancy Bradshaw, MLTSD
Kimberly O’Connell, OHCOW

More sessions to be added as information becomes available…

Target Audience:
Prevention System Partners and Stakeholders; Health and Safety Professionals; Medical and Scientific Researchers; Worker Advocates; Joint Health and Safety Committee Members; as well as interested Workers, Supervisors, Management and Owners from the workplaces of Ontario.


 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 (as well as at home) is one of the positive outcomes of this unprecedented pandemic.

Session 1:
The Face of Occupational Illness – Cluster Investigations

Words of Welcome
Ron Kelusky, Chief Prevention Officer

 The Face of Occupational Disease – Cluster Investigations
Dave Wilken with OHCOW and Project Contributors-

Session 2:
Knowledge Mobilization for Occupational Disease Prevention

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,

Presented 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).

Session 3:
Change for Occupational Disease Prevention

Update on the National Chemical Management Plan
Sarah Vanden Hoven, Sr. Science Advisor, Health Canada

Asbestos Free CanadaCSA Standard – Investigation of the Need for Asbestos Management Standards,
Alec Farquhar & Anya Keefe.

COVID – Regional Risk – rescheduled

Tools & Action – How you can Prevent Occupational Disease

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 – 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
John Oudyk, OHCOW Occupational Hygienist

Leading into November – Lung Month

Diesel Calculator and Background
Kevin Hedges and John Oudyk, OHCOW

Preventative Maintenance in Mining to reduce Diesel Emissions Exposure
Sean McGinn, MKNIZD Factors

Work-Related Lung Disease
Dr. Christine Oliver, Medical Consultant, OHCOW; Division of Occupational and Environmental Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Multiple approaches to prevention, especially the dissemination of information to understand the hazards, and tools to assist workplaces in managing them, were featured.

Speakers included:
Dr. Paul Demers, Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC);
Dr. Desre Kramer & Dr. Thomas Tenkate, Ryerson University;
Sarah Vanden Hoven & Kirsten Jacobsen, Health Canada;
Dr. Hugh Davies, Canadian Workplace Exposure Database & UBC;
Dr. Anil Adisesh & Dr. Ron House, St. Michael’s Hospital;
Dr. Linn Holness, CREOD;
as well as Ministry of Labour and OHCOW staff.

For the 4th time, OHCOW once again organized a progressive and informative day of learning and sharing ideas around the critical goal of Occupational Health and Disease Prevention.

The program included perspectives from across the country and beyond:
• the latest picture of Ontario Occupational Disease incidence based on health data
• the results of the WorkSafe BC funded research project “Preventing Occupational Disease: Designing a System that Works”
• the approach to OccDisease in other provinces
• and broader insight from an eminent international Occupational Clinician, consultant and professor.

Sessions were also interspersed with short “Occ-omplishment” updates on Ontario’s Occupational Disease Action Plan (ODAP) and Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer talked about the goals of the new Five Year Prevention Strategy being developed for the province. Plus, for the first time, there was be an opportunity to drill down further into issues, learn and share your ideas at concurrent afternoon workshops on ODAP Priorities:
Noise, Allergens and Irritants, and Diesel Exhaust.

Building Understanding and Direction Through Surveillance

Occupational Disease Action Plan (ODAP) – Noise

Promising Strategies for Primary Prevention

Manitoba’s Occupational Disease Strategy

International Perspective on Occupational Disease Prevention

Building a New Prevention Strategy

Welcome by Minister of Labour, Kevin Flynn

Reach and Impact: Successful Strategies for Social Marketing

Beyond the Burden: From Cancer Risk to Reduction

by Dr. Paul Demers

Occ-omplishment: New System Noise Resources

Occ-omplishment: OEL and Blitz Updates – MOL

Occ-omplishment: Factoring in Vulnerability


Getting the Lead Out: Problem and Challenges Continue

Michelle Tew,  Kevin Hedges

Clusters: Seek, Respond or Ignore

 Roles and Response

Ministry of Labour (MOL)

WSIB Approach

GE Hazard Mapping

John Oudyk

McIntyre Links to International Aluminum Research