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Occupational Health Centre is seeking an Occupational Health Nurse to fill a 0.7 EFT position. The OHC is hiring a…
The OHC is hiring a .7 EFT nurse with knowledge and drive in the areas of occupational health and safety, and who is committed to helping workers get home safely every day. We’re looking for an energetic, creative, and thoughtful person to join our team to lead and collaborate in planning education and awareness programs, participate in Health and Safety research, and facilitate workshops and presentations. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal communication skills, advanced critical thinking, and robust cross-cultural competencies.
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.
Full job posting located here.
If you missed OHC’s online launch of the report “Communities Are Partners” about our Cross Cultural Community Development Program by Dorothy Wigmore, you can now watch it online!
Communities are Partners: Workers Occupational Health and Safety Rights with Newcomers by Dorothy Wigmore documents the history and impact of the OHC’s work with newcomer and migrant communities and makes recommendations. A background companion report features a related literature review.
Find them both on the Cross Cultural Community Development Page of OHC’s website!
You can also watch the online launch of the report here with author Dorothy Wigmore, OHC’s Cross Cultural Community Advisory Committee member Martha Chicas, Community Trainer Arek Manyang and Karen Hamilton, Program Coordinator.
OHC is now requiring that clients wear a mask or face covering for the duration of your time at OHC. Our staff will also be wearing masks. A mask can be home-made, a scarf or handkerchief. If you don’t have one available, please let our staff know and we will provide one for you. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please give us a call at 204-949-0811.
Emerging research suggests that it is likely that SARS-CoV-2 can be transmitted through the air. Workplaces should control airborne exposure to the virus through changes to ventilation systems to reduce airborne exposures.
Our website now has a list of resources and readings to help workplaces understand and prevent the transmission of COVID-19 by improving indoor air quality!
After 30 years at the Union Centre, the MFL Occupational Health Centre is moving. This summer, the OHC will join Klinic Community Health and the Sexuality Education Resource Centre (SERC) at a new hub at 167 Sherbrook Street. The building, formerly home of Epic IT Solutions, is undergoing an extensive renovation to accommodate the three community health clinics and will provide ample space for community connection and collaboration.
The MFL Occupational Health Centre was formed in 1983 by Dick Martin, then president of the Manitoba Federation of Labour, who saw a gap in health care to meet the needs of workers and provide quality, accessible, and comprehensive services on workplace health and safety.
Today, OHC is a community health centre specializing in workplace health and safety. A non-profit, charitable organization, OHC is funded by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, along with grants from the Worker’s Compensation Board, the Federal Government, and individual and Union contributions. OHC helps workers, employers, and joint health and safety committees to improve workplace health and safety conditions and eliminate hazards. Services are available free of charge, and include a medical clinic, workplaces services, and education and outreach to workers and workplaces.
The move to 167 Sherbrook, along with Klinic and SERC, will provide OHC with more space from which to assist workers. OHC maintains a library on health and safety – one of the largest in Western Canada – and the new space will also encompass a training centre within the OHC office, as well as access to several other training sites across the building, supporting more health and safety workshops in the community. The move will promote cross-agency collaboration and knowledge-sharing and provide opportunities for further partnerships and services.
With an exciting new space on the horizon, it was also time to update the look of the centre to carry OHC in to its next phase. OHC’s new tapestry logo represents the four intersecting service pillars of OHC – medical care; cross-cultural community development; education, training, and outreach; and our resource centre. The logo features prominently on the new facade of 167 Sherbrook, and is the first step in a refreshed face – be on the lookout for a brand new website in the next few months, with several practical health and safety tools and resources for your workplace.
The MFL Occupational Health Centre has been there for workers for over 35 years and will continue to be the source for worker-centred health and safety training and care. From helping joint health and safety committees, providing individual workers with primary care and system navigation support, and presenting innovative approaches to psychological health and safety in the workplace, OHC will continue to evolve and expand into the next phase.
New Resources from OHC now available for Workers working through the pandemic. Click below to access information sheets for:
More information on protecting workers and ensuring safer workplaces during the pandemic is available on our COVID-19 page.
During the COVID-19 Pandemic, many workers may be feeling unsafe in their work environment and unsure of their rights within this new context. OHC hosted a virtual presentation with panelists Blaine Duncan, Safety and Health Specialist with MGEU, and Bernie Wood, Health and Safety Activist formerly with United Steelworkers and the Canadian Labour Congress, discuss worker’s rights and how and when to use your right to refuse unsafe work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Employers in Manitoba are legally responsible for protecting the health and well- being of their employees, including their psychological health.
Hazards to workers’ mental health during the pandemic may include:
Take proactive measures to protect workers and limit their exposure to the COVID-19 virus. This includes implementing physical barriers between workers and the public, social distancing protocols, increased cleaning in the environment, and supplying adequate hand washing/sanitizing supplies and facilities. Make sure workers feel comfortable to raise concerns about their safety and make every effort to address these concerns.
Address disrespectful behavior, harassment, bullying, and threats of violence in accordance with the organization’s Respectful Workplace Policy as well as the Violence Prevention and Harassment Prevention policies required by law in all workplaces. Inform all workplace stakeholders that discrimination on account of illness or perceived illness is a violation of the Human Rights Code.
Do not expect the same volume of work from workers as is normally accomplished. Be prepared to adjust deadlines and workloads. This is not “business as usual”. Most workers will be experiencing stress on multiple fronts such as planning for reduced grocery trips to meet basic needs, care for children who are at home from daycare and school, concern for elderly family members, and caring for ill family members when needed.
Be flexible with working schedules. Allow workers to change or request certain shifts to accommodate their other obligations. Understand that workers working from home may start earlier or work later than usual and that schedules may fluctuate irregularly.
Ask and listen to workers’ ideas and input into changes on how work is done due to COVID-19. Workers know their jobs and often have the best ideas on how things can be done more safely or done differently in a new environment. Check in with workers to evaluate the impact of changes implemented. Be prepared to adjust as needed.
Supervisors should regularly check in with workers individually about how they are feeling, at least once a week. Many people are experiencing anxiety, fear and stress at this time. Employers should recognize that workers are human beings and prioritize their well-being over the work itself.
Build in regular opportunities for your team to connect, even virtually by using video or phone conference calls.
Increase communication about organizational issues. Send regular email updates to make sure everyone is abreast of developments in a rapidly changing environment. Make sure to respond promptly to any emails or phone calls from workers about their concerns related to safety, workload, expectations, or how they are managing.
Encourage workers to take regular breaks and to stop work at their regular end time and on their regular days off
Provide workers with information about what they are entitled to if they become ill or need to assume caregiving responsibilities.
Regularly remind workers about mental health resources available to them, including an Employee Assistance Program if one is available in your workplace.
Communicate any information about possible layoffs clearly and promptly. Share your assessment of the likelihood of layoffs and the organization’s hopes for the future, but don’t promise what you might not be able to deliver. Create a plan if layoffs are necessary that includes future return to work. Provide information and support to workers to access income benefits if facing unemployment.
SAFE Work Manitoba –resources to help you start or maintain a psychological health and safety program in your workplace.
Centre for Addiction & Mental Health – information and FAQs on mental health & COVID-19 including Coping with Stress & Anxiety, Quarantine & Isolation, and Stigma & prejudice.
Mental Health Virtual Therapy Program– AbilitiCBT, a new free & confidential digital therapy program available to all Manitobans experiencing low to mid symptoms of anxiety due to the pandemic.
Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba has a list of local counselling resources available in Winnipeg and are running a COVID-19 anxiety ‘warm line’ where you can call 204-925-0040 and leave a message to be returned in a short period of time.
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Feb 26, 2021 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Occupational Health Centre hosts the RSI Day Free Virtual Event on February 26th
Making the Link Between Psychosocial Factors & Musculoskeletal Injuries (MSI)
Dwayne Van Eerd, Scientist, Institute for Work & Health
(MSI and Psychosocial Hazards in the Workplace: A Brief Timeline)
John Oudyk, Occupational Hygienist, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers
(Measuring Psychosocial Factors in the Workplace using the StressAssess Online Survey Tool)
Theo Heineman, President/CEO, & Gynelle Pakulak, Certified Ergonomic Specialist
1Life Workplace Safety Solutions
(Neuroscience of Psychosocial Risk Factors and MSI)
Geoffrey Thompson, OHN, Occupational Health Centre
(Building a Culture of Psychological Safety)
The event will include presentations with Q & A sessions and breaks
* Registration Required *
Please register your participation by sending an email to:
(Zoom Login information will be sent out closer to the event date)
Register for a chance to win a SAFE Work Manitoba fleece jacket
Event Support Provided by: