Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island

WCB Workplace Health & Safety Conference

WCB Workplace Health & Safety Conference With Key Note Speaker Dr. Linda Duxbury
Thursday, May 14, 2020
8:00am - 4:00pm
Delta Prince Edward Hotel
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Cost: $175 per person (includes lunch)

The 2020 WCB Workplace Health & Safety Conference features workshops on a wide range of workplace safety topics, as well as a comprehensive trade show of products and services of interest to the region's health and safety community.

Key Note Speaker – Dr. Linda Duxbury
Dr. Linda Duxbury

Managing a Changing Workforce
The upcoming century will see a fundamental shift in the change in the nature of the employer-employee relationship as organizations seek to attract and retain good employees in a declining labour market. This labour force shortage will arise as the massive baby boomer generation retires and companies compete to hire the small pool of “baby – bust” employees. Human resource management will become a critical success factor in the new millennium as companies have to focus on recruitment, retention of employees of all ages, succession planning, work-life balance and career development. From the Veterans (59 +) to the Echo Boomers (Nexus) (1972 to 1990), each generation has different attitudes and values with respect to work and life. Dr. Duxbury will look at the formative influences shaping the different generations and look at possible sources of generational conflict within the workforce. She will also give employers information on how to adapt to meet the needs of these different groups of employees.

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In addition to the key note session, delegates may choose 3 workshops throughout the day to create their own customized learning experience. This year's conference workshops are listed below. Full workshop descriptions are available in the 2020 WCB Workplace Health & Safety Conference brochure.


Vicarious Trauma in Helping Professions - Those in helping roles often hear stories of traumatic experiences in the course of their work. Vicarious trauma, also known as secondary trauma, is the indirect exposure to a traumatic event through first-hand accounts or narratives of that event. At times, hearing these stories may overwhelm a helper and lead them to experience, to a lesser extent, the same feelings faced by the trauma survivors in their care. In this session we explore the concepts of vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout including how they develop, how to identify if you or someone you know is experiencing one of these issues, and how we can build resiliency in ourselves, clients, and workplaces.

Worker Safety Orientation and Supervision - When employees are equipped with the confidence and knowledge to make wise decisions at work, they are given the tools they need to be productive and effective employees. Making sure that all workers have a proper safety orientation and supervision can go a long way in aiding in their success, and as a result, business success. To attain this goal, employer persistence, thoughtfulness, and a commitment to help are essential. This session focuses on the concepts required to give new employees a solid foundation for future success, as well as the processes needed for supervisors to excel, by setting expectations, guiding employees, and monitoring outcomes in a positive manner to ensure the health and safety of all employees.

Repetitive Strain Injuries – A complete Guide to Risk Prevention and Rehabilitation - Each year over 2 million Canadians are affected by Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) that are serious enough to limit their performance in normal every day activities. Over half of these injuries are caused by work-related activities. This session will review risk factors, common types of injuries, best practice rehabilitation and treatment, and provide practical prevention strategies to reduce the risk of workers developing a repetitive strain injury.

Workplace Harassment – Are you in compliance? - Workplace harassment can undermine a person’s dignity and well-being. When not addressed, it can lead to negative outcomes for the workplace, including absenteeism, stress and decreased morale. This session will introduce participants to the new Workplace Harassment Regulations, and outline the employer and worker responsibilities in establishing a harassment-free workplace.

Addressing Harassment Complaints – Formal and Informal Approaches - On July 1 2020, Prince Edward Island legislation will require that employers develop and implement a policy to manage workplace harassment complaints. Not all workplace harassment complaints require a formal investigation, though it may be necessary in some circumstances. Investigations can create negative, short, and long term issues between employees, as well as other difficulties within the workplace. However, they can bring certainty and finality. Alternative conflict resolution practices are available to resolve situations of alleged harassment as quickly as possible, in a fair, constructive, and respectful manner.

This session explores both formal and informal streams of addressing harassment complaints, and provides practical tips on how to choose which process to follow; how to select an investigator/mediator; how to write your policies so they are flexible and allow for alternative approaches; the advantages and challenges associated with formal and informal approaches; and some tips and traps; and recent case law developments associated with addressing and investigating harassment complaints.

Armchair Pilates - The Armchair Pilates workshop consists of both a group discussion and practical components of the Five Principles of Pilates, which were originated by Joseph Pilates himself in the early 1900s. Based on anatomical alignment for maximum postural benefit, and minimum strain and stress on the joints and spine, most Pilates exercises can be performed lying down, standing, or sitting. Most people who sit during the work day can benefit from learning certain exercises that aid in preventing the back and neck strain that comes from chronic sitting/computer work. They might also benefit by learning other ways to improve their posture and core strength in as little as five minutes per day. This workshop will give participants practical information on how they can incorporate these principles and exercises easily into their work day, as well as into other aspects of their daily living.

Violence in Healthcare – Safe Health Care Workers Means Better Care - Workplace violence continues to be a significant concern in the healthcare sector. Often, healthcare employers consider violence as an “OHS issue,” but violence needs to be considered a care issue - there is no hope for quality care without worker safety. The reality is that organizations have difficulty implementing workplace violence legislation, and many need support and guidance in key components, including written policies, risk assessment, control measures, and staff training. In healthcare, the communication of potential risk of violence to caregivers remains a complex issue. Within the sector, across all provinces, there is an array of tools, resources and useful practices available, including Workplace Violence Prevention Program, developed by AWARE-NS, in partnership with sector stakeholders and partners. In this session, we will discuss the complex issue of workplace violence in healthcare, as well as the leading practices currently in place across Canada.

Hearing Programs – What you can’t see can hurt you! - The most common permanent workplace injury is occupational noise-induced hearing loss. There is no visible evidence of a noise-induced hearing loss, it does not hurt as it is occurring, and it gradually worsens over time. The effects usually go undetected until long after the damage is done and the injury is permanent. The good news is that it is nearly 100% preventable. This informative session will provide an overview of the effects of noise, and steps to follow for an effective hearing loss prevention program.

Agriculture Train-the-Trainer: Benefits of Having an On-farm Safety Training Program - The Agricultural Train-the-Trainer project was undertaken by the PEI Agricultural Sector Council, in partnership with the PEI Horticulture Council, and with funding through the WCB PEI. The focus of the project was to educate and prepare designated trainers to deliver a suite of Occupational Health and Safety Training program topics in a consistent, competent, and confident manner. The goal was that all agricultural workers attending such training sessions would be fully equipped to work safely, recognize potentially hazardous situations, and take necessary steps to protect themselves and other workers.

This session will discuss the need and demand from the agricultural community that led to the launch of the Agricultural Train-the-Trainer project. The session will also be talking about the course development and delivery stages of the project, and most importantly, how the farms and farm workers benefited from the experience.

Occupational Carcinogens - Occupational cancer is caused wholly, or partly, by exposure to a cancer causing agent (carcinogen) at work, or by a particular set of circumstances at work. Recent studies have illustrated that workplace exposure to biological, chemical and physical carcinogens contribute substantially to the cancer burden in Canada. It’s the responsibility of both employers and workers to ensure efforts are taken to reduce exposure. In this session participants will learn about common occupational carcinogens found in PEI workplaces and what steps can be taken to eliminate, or at the very least minimize, the level of exposure on workers.

Measuring Vulnerability in the Workplace - Over the past decade great strides have been made to improve health and safety in Canadian workplaces. With continued improvement in overall workplace health and safety, researchers have been able to focus their attention on searching for patterns to understand why certain workers, types of work, and workplaces continue to be susceptible to injury and illness. The term vulnerability has been used to describe these situations, where there is an increased risk that someone will experience a work-related injury or illness compared to a given standard.

In this session the findings of recent Canadian research into workplace vulnerability will be presented. Session participants will learn how very specific factors - based on workers, the type of work done, and the culture of the workplace itself - combine with workplace hazards to increase the risk of injury or illness. Participants will leave the session with a tool for measuring vulnerability in a workplace, and strategies for affecting change.

Mental Health and Work - Maintaining positive mental health is crucial to overall well-being. And, since many of us spend 40 hours a week in a work environment, a workplace can have a great impact on our psychological health. This presentation discusses depression and anxiety in the workplace as well as methods to best address mental health problems, for both an individual and their peers. Delegates will learn how they can make a difference in ensuring their workplace is psychologically healthy and safe.

To register for the conference online, click here.

Deadline for registration is April 30, 2020.

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For more information about this year's conference, please contact the Conference Administrator at the Workers Compensation Board at 902-368-5697.