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OHC Recruiting for Fall Train the Trainer Program

OHC is currently recruiting trainers for our Fall Train the Trainer Program from the Somali, Syrian & East Indian communities.

Participants will receive 25 hours of training on workplace health and safety over a period of 10 Tuesday evenings, beginning September 25, 2017.  Following the training, Community Trainers are expected to deliver workshops in your first language with members of your cultural community.

OHC Community Trainers receive an honorarium based on $22/hour for delivering workshops.

Send your resume to gjayasinghe@mflohc.mb.ca by June 25, 2017.

Train the Trainer Program Oct 2017 Recruitment Poster

OHC Participates in Annual Steps for Life Walk

OHC’s team participated in the annual Steps for Life Walk at Kildonan Park on May 7, 2017.

Steps for Life is an annual walk organized by Threads of Life to raise awareness and funds for families who have experienced a workplace fatality, life-altering injury or occupational disease.

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Thanks for attending the Repetitive Strain Injury Awareness Day Event

OHC and SAFE Work Manitoba co-hosted the Repetitive Strain Injury Day
event this morning (Feb 28th).  Safe Work Manitoba launched their Musculoskeletal (MSI) Prevention Strategy with speeches from MLA Scott Johnson, Jamie Hall, and Ed and Roberta who both shared their personal experience with a serious workplace MSI.

OHC invited four speakers from Motor Coach, Air Canada , All-Fab and Boeing to share their workplace ergonomic solutions during the second part of the event.

Thanks to SAFE Work for providing refreshments and WCB’s venue for the event!  Our sincere gratitude to the organizing committee, guest speakers and attendees who all made this event very successful!

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OHC Submission to the Workers Compensation Act Review 2017

Feb 17, 2017:  OHC made our submission to the Workers Compensation Act Review earlier this week. Highlights of our submission include recommendations to:

  • expand compensation to cover mental health disorders
  • develop stronger and more effective ways to deal with claim suppression by employers
  •  ensure newcomer workers are able to communicate with the WCB in their own language and that  interpretation and translation are consistently being provided to those workers who need it.
  •  ensure safe return to work for all injured workers instead of the current widespread practice of early and  aggressive return to work that often delays recovery for many workers.
  • eliminate the “dominant cause” test in favour of “causative significance” to determine if an injury or illness has been caused by work
  • support the important and critical role of workers’ own treating health care provider in the workers compensation system

Read OHC’s full submission here: 2016 OHC WCA review

Legislation requires a comprehensive review of the Workers Compensation Act be undertaken every 10 years.

 

OHC is Hiring a Project Coordinator – Westman Region

A half time (0.5EFT) two year term position based in Brandon, MB beginning March 2017.

The Project Coordinator will work to build support for newcomer workers in the food processing industry. Key areas of responsibility include coordinating the delivery of two 10 week Occupational Health Support Groups, and collecting stories from workers using the Life Story Board interview tool.

More detailed job posting: Westman Job Posting2017wlogo

Deadline for resumes is February 24, 2017.

 

Westman Community Report Back & Celebration

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OHC’s First Language Health & Safety Training for Newcomer Workers project for food processing workers in the Westman region of Manitoba held a Community Report Back & Celebration on Saturday, November 19, 2016 in Brandon to mark the ending of this two year project.

The project trained 14 Trainers from five different cultural communities who have delivered workshops on health & safety rights and resources in their own languages to workers in the food processing industry in Brandon and Neepawa.

The Community Report Back & Celebration was attended by many of the Trainers as well as representatives from the United Food & Commercial Workers 832, Westman Immigrant Services, Brandon and District Worker Advocacy Centre, and OHC.

This project is supported by a grant from the Research and Workplace Innovation Program of the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba.

Attendees at the event were excited to learn that the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba has approved additional funding for 2017-19 to build on the important work achieved through this project with food processing workers.

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Province of Manitoba Announces Review of Workers Compensation Act

November 15, 2016:  The legislative review committee responsible for conducting a comprehensive review of the Workers Compensation Act launched its public consultation today, Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Cliff Cullen said today.

“Workers Compensation Board provides an essential service to Manitoba by protecting the workers and employers of this province,” said Cullen.  “The legislative review of the act will help the Workers Compensation Board continue to evolve and keep pace with changes in Manitoba’s workforce.”

Legislation requires a comprehensive review of the Workers Compensation Act be undertaken every 10 years.  Members of the appointed legislative review committee (LRC) are chair Michael Werier, Chris Lorenc, Anna Rothney and Ken Sutherland.

The 90-day public consultation period will remain open until Feb. 15, 2017.  The LRC will accept submissions online at www.wcbactreview.com or by fax at 204-954-4968.

OHC Submission to Review on Cosmetic Use of Pesticides

OHC supports the current restrictions on the cosmetic use of pesticides as an important way to limit occupational and environmental disease caused by  exposure to chemicals.

Read OHC’s submission to Manitoba Sustainable Development: OHC Submission on Cosmetic Use of Pesticides.

For more information, you can also read the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment’s just released report on Provincial Policies & Municipal Bylaws: Lessons Learned & Best Practices.

 

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OHC Welcomes New Nurse Linda Dawson

We are excited to welcome our new Occupational Health Nurse, Linda Dawson to OHC this week.  Linda previously worked at the Klinic for 15 years, and she was the Director of Health Services for last 5 years.  She brings with her a wealth of community health knowledge and experience and we believe she will be a great addition to our team.

 

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OHC’s Annual Picnic for Cross Cultural Community Development Program Volunteers

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OHC’s Cross Cultural Community Trainers & Advisory Committee members enjoyed a warm summer evening picnic at Kildonan Park on August 15, 2016.  The event also featured a short, upbeat Zumba workout in the park!

This is OHC’s annual event to show our appreciation for the work of our volunteers with newcomer communities who demonstrate such commitment to the health of workers in their communities!

Thank you to all!

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April 29th Free Public Presentation- Expert Eye: Vision and the Aging Worker

Date:
Apr 29, 2021 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am

OHC offers a free virtual public presentation

Expert Eye: Vision and the Aging Worker

Presented by: Marnie Courage, O.T. Reg. (MB)
CEO and Inclusion Specialist
Enabling Access Inc.

This webinar will:

  • Understand the aging demographics and age-related changes related to vision
  • Become familiar with common age-related vision loss conditions
  • Understand impact on worker’s performance, safety and psychological health
  • Discuss environmental considerations for injury prevention related to vision loss
  • Become familiar with administrative, engineering and behavioural accommodations to support employees experiencing vision loss.

Registration required, please register here: REGISTER

 The session time is on Manitoba time (CST) from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

You will receive a confirmation email for your registration and the Zoom Login information.