The mission of the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) is to prevent occupational illness and injuries, and to promote the highest degree of physical, mental and social well-being of all workers.
OHCOW responds to requests from Health and Safety Committees (HSCs), Health and Safety Representatives,
Unions, Employers and Communities.
OHCOW’s interdisciplinary team can perform walkthrough tours of the workplace at which time they will:
Observe how the work is being done
Speak with workers to understand their concerns and symptoms
Make recommendations to reduce or eliminate exposures in the workplace
OHCOW can assess several workers from one workplace looking for a connection between the health problems and workplace conditions.
OHCOW staff can also work with the Joint Health and Safety Committee to help it understand very technical reports it must deal with.
The OHCOW team can also design health questionnaires and assist with the administration of surveys.
Each of these services is described in greater detail below:
Presentations on the role of OHCOW in the occupational health & safety system as well as methods and tools OHCOW has developed in addressing occupational health & safety needs.
OHCOW interdisciplinary team can perform walkthrough tours of the workplace at which time they can observe the work flow and processes are being done; speak with workers to understand their concerns and symptoms; and make recommendations to reduce or eliminate exposures in the workplace.
Occupational health promotion for groups of workers regarding specific exposures and their impact on health. Assist the HSC to help it understand very technical reports it must deal with and help design sampling strategies. Customized presentations based on your needs (eg. work related asthma, office ergonomics, etc).
The use of occupational health surveys in which symptoms and exposure relationships are investigated. The OHCOW team can also design health questionnaires and assist with the administration and analysis of surveys.
Groups of Workers
In some cases, OHCOW can assess several workers from one workplace. They will look for a connection between the health problems and the workplace exposures.
Targeting vulnerable and under-serviced populations and their respective organizations (immigrants, temporary workers, women). Informing public health institutions, community health centers, etc. re: occupational health issues.
Use the following resources to learn more about Health and Safety Committees and Representatives:
Contact an OHCOW Clinic near you to discuss what we can do help you.