Mission

Mission Statement

The Occupational Health Centre (OHC) delivers services and programs that enhance the capacity of workers, workplaces and communities to protect their health and safety.

Guiding Principle

The Occupational Health Centre (OHC) is a worker-centered community health centre committed to ensuring that workers’ health is always our main priority. OHC is committed to providing accessible services and programs for all workers in Manitoba and to reducing barriers workers experience in their workplaces. We recognize that workers are diverse and have particular needs according to their gender, language, culture, religion, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, economic status, level of education and immigration status, and are committed to respecting, and accommodating these differences appropriately.

Values

Worker-Centered

We honour the experience of workers and believe that workers know their jobs the best and can give the best insight into health and safety issues associated with their jobs. We ensure workers participate in the decisions that affect their health and safety in the work we do and actively encourage others to do the same. We work to build the capacity of workers to identify and solve their own health and safety concerns over the long term.

We understand that workers hold less power in the workplace than the employer. We use a rights-based approach in our work to ensure that workers understand the rights they do hold in the workplace.

Health Equity

At OHC we acknowledge that the health of individuals and communities is largely impacted by social determinants such as gender, language, culture, sexual orientation, religion, physical or mental ability, economic status, level of education, and immigration status. In Canada, the historical and ongoing injustice of colonialism has marginalized entire communities.

At OHC we are committed to addressing those barriers experienced by marginalized workers in Manitoba. We take a health equity approach to the delivery of our services, understanding that equity aims to close the gaps in health outcomes by preferentially directing services to marginalized communities. At OHC we prioritize our services to marginalized communities and individuals in order to improve health outcomes across worker populations.

Inclusion

OHC strives to be accessible to all workers regardless of ability or life circumstance. We recognize that barriers to accessibility include both visible and invisible disabilities, as well as other factors including societal barriers such as racism, homophobia, transphobia, ageism, and sexism. We attempt to identify and remediate barriers to workers’ access to health and safety. OHC respects and honours the many perspectives of the multitude of workers we serve, always considering how we might seek out the voice of the most marginalized communities. We respect the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation report and are committed to engage in a process of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

Integrity

We behave in a way that reflects and represents our values, with integrity as a foundation for our reputation. Those we serve must be able to trust that our information and services are evidence-informed and appropriate and have confidence in our intentions as a worker-serving organization. We work to build and maintain relationships and provide service in a professional and technically competent manner.


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Dec 1st OHC Free Virtual Public Presentation - Remote Work and Mental Health: Harnessing Psychosocial Factors that Heal Rather than Fragment Workplaces

Date:
Dec 01, 2020 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am

OHC Free Virtual Public Presentation – Remote Work and Mental Health: Harnessing Psychosocial Factors that Heal Rather than Fragment Workplaces

Presented by: Geoffrey Thompson, OHN, Occupational Health Centre

The year 2020 has brought with it a host of rapid, destabilizing changes to workplaces across Canada. Due to ongoing public health restrictions, many workplaces were forced to send many of their staff home to work remotely. The ramifications of these changes on workplace culture, productivity and well-being are only now beginning to be fully understood. Alongside the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an increase in job-related social isolation, disengagement and mental illness and there appears to be no end in sight. What’s required is a careful, intentional joint assessment on the part of employers, workers and stakeholders to fully understand root causes and to acknowledge the degree to which each factor can be controlled. With knowledge comes empowerment and opportunities to learn and grow both personally and organizationally. Join us as we attempt to unravel the complicated web of concerns surrounding “remote work” and identify where we can target our efforts to improve the health and wellbeing of all workers.

In this session we will:

  • Dive into the myriad of challenges related to remote working in 2020 – the good, the bad, and the barely tolerable
  • Describe psychosocial factors that may contribute to negative outcomes associated with remote working especially those leading to poor mental health
  • Identify personal strategies that will help to reframe, rethink and react constructively during periods of crisis and sudden change
  • Build on group/organizational strategies that promote psychological support and compassion in the workplace

Register your attendance by Nov 27th, clicking this link: Register Dec 1st Session

The login information for the session will be sent out after your registration.