2018 Western Conference on Safety

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Conference presented by:
Pacific Safety Center


Seats for the conference on November 21st have now sold out.
There are still a few seats for the post conference courses – call (604)233-1842 for availability.

Day 1  (8:30 am to 4:30 pm)
New this year! Table top tradeshow!
Dynamic Opening and Closing Keynotes!
Choose from 11 informative sessions.

Day 2  (8:30 am to 4:30 pm)
Optional post conference courses.

Session Schedule:

November 21, 2018 (click on session title for description)

Introduction & Welcome
Coffee Break
On Own For Lunch
Coffee Break
Room Change

Optional Post Event Courses - November 22, 2018 Langley, BC

-  4:30pm

(Subject to change without notice)

Session Descriptions:

8:40 AM – 10:00 AM

Thriving in the World of Safety

New to the world of safety and don’t know where to start? Need a tune-up, and some magic words of wisdom to put the fire back in your belly? Or maybe you don’t know what the big deal is about safety – it’s common sense, right? With over 25 years of experience consulting in the H & S field, Mike has learned how to thrive in the world of safety. Does she have all the answers? Probably not, but she will point out hard won lessons learned along the way, some humorous and some deadly serious. Come and learn from the mistakes of others so you don’t make them all yourself.
Presented by: Mike Harnett, WorkSmart Academy

10:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Marijuana in the Workplace – What You Need to know!
The introduction of the Cannabis Act raises questions and challenges for Canadian employers when it comes to managing employees’ use (and abuse) of cannabis in the workplace. Join Ryan Copeland of Roper Greyell for an in-depth look at how legalization will impact the workplace, and what you should be doing to prepare for the legalization of cannabis.
Presented by: Ryan Copeland, Roper Greyell LLP

MSI’s – The Leading Cause of Workplace Injuries and Loss Time Incidents
Musculoskeletal Injuries (sprains and strains) are the leading workplace injury in BC. This session provides an overview of this important injury class and provides you with tools to prevent them. Our presenter is one of Canada’s leading ergonomists.
Presented by: Mike Harnett, WorkSmart Academy

How to Run an Effective Safety Committee Meeting
Are your Safety Committee Meetings getting the job done? Are there more questions than answers? Do the same items keep coming up on the agenda without getting resolved? Come to this session to learn how to put the busywork aside and make the most of your safety committee meetings!
Presented by: Tanya Steele (R)CSO, NCSO, CSS, CHSC

12:45 PM – 2:00 PM

WorkSafeBC - Increasing Committee Effectiveness Through Education
Developing a culture of learning within your committee can ensure members gain and sustain the knowledge and skills required to effectively fulfill their duties. This interactive session will empower participants to create a culture of learning within their committees through peer coaching, organizational learning and education leave.
Presented by: Angelique Prince, WorkSafeBC

The Role of Safety Committees in Workplace Mental Health
As a committee member, your role in the workplace includes:
• Promoting workplace health and safety
• Consulting with workers and employers about worker health and safety
• Making recommendations to improve occupational health and safety, the occupational environment, and the effectiveness of occupational health and safety programs and policies
• Promoting compliance with Part 3 of the Workers Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation
There are established processes for investigating and supporting workers after a physical injury, but what about a mental injury? Do you understand the mental health Regulations and your role as a safety committee member? This session will highlight the OH&S Regulation and Workers Compensation Act requirements that apply to safety committees, and offer some ways you can support both Workers and employers in dealing with workplace mental health disorders.
Presented by: Cathy Cook, Safe Harbour Consulting

Accident Investigations for the Safety Committee
Designed to guide you through one of the fundamental elements of safety, this session covers procedures for actions at accident sites, how to interview, how to discover underlying root causes and how to develop effective recommendations to prevent re-occurrence.
Presented by: Tanya Steele (R)CSO, NCSO, CSS, CHSC

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Legislation WTF! What’s the Facts?
Legislation, UGH! Are you tired of wasting valuable time looking up legislation or arguing over what it says? Have you ever said “somewhere in legislation it says…” or “Legislation is so complicated; can someone just tell me what I need to do?” Sometimes you want to just scream WTF! “What’s the Facts?” This session will give you the skills to find the legislation you need in 10 seconds or less. It will give you the opportunity to learn how to decipher legislation and make it simple. To enhance learning & participation, please bring a smartphone or handheld device. Technology will be used throughout the session.
Presented by: Tanya Steele (R)CSO, NCSO, CSS, CHSC

Young Worker Safety
Does your organization employ young workers or have a regular influx of new workers? Are you aware that young and new workers have a significantly higher rate of workplace accidents and injuries than the rest of your workforce? What can your organization do to lower the risks faced by this special group? Come to this session and find out!
Presented by: Trevor Whalley, AGSafe

Workplace Safety Inspections
One of the key roles for most safety committees is conducting safety inspections. Are you looking for tips on how to perform this task effectively? Trying to get more participation? Then this is the session for you! Learn how to plan and conduct successful safety inspections, rate hazards, and get advice on implementation. This is a great session for anyone responsible for conducting safety inspections.
Presented by: Isabel Krueger, CRSP, Safety Matters

3:40 PM - 4:30 PM

Safety Intervention and Communication

Most companies today have first class safety programs and dedicated safety professionals to ensure employees are working safely. These programs and people are important pieces of the safety puzzle but the most important aspect of preventing safety incidents is the peer to peer interventions in the moment. A large-scale study in 2010 found that employees intervene in fewer than 2 of every 5 unsafe acts that they observe in the workplace. The observed unsafe behaviors go unchecked and unchanged for one primary reason – employees do not know how to intervene effectively. This workshop is designed to impact overall safety performance by giving employees the communication skills to intervene (stop and redirect unsafe behavior) effectively. The ideas presented at this workshop will precipitate a fundamental change in the way your employees communicate with each other.
Presented by: Bob Vaughan, Bob Vaughan and Associates

Post Conference Safety Courses - November 22, 2018

COURSE PC-1: (8:30AM - 4:30 PM)
Fundamentals for Joint Health and Safety Committees

*satisfies WorkSafeBC’s mandatory new safety committee training requirements*

Are you looking for ways to comply with WorkSafeBC’s mandatory safety committee member training requirements AND get the rest of your safety committee members up to speed?

Does your current safety committee spin their wheels arguing about their roles and responsibilities or end up getting sidetracked on HR or other unrelated issues?

Do you have meetings where the donuts get eaten and lots of complaining gets done but safety issues never seem to get resolved?

This course will get your committee to put the donuts aside and get involved in the tasks that safety committees should be doing.

COURSE PC-2: (8:30AM - 4:30 PM)
Supervisors Safety Training

Supervisors are some of the most influential people in preventing workplace injuries and accidents. If they understand their key roles and have the specific skills needed to follow through on that understanding, a safe worksite almost always follows. If they don’t, and worse still, have never been taught how to supervise for safety, then accidents and injuries nearly always follow. This jam packed one-day course guides your supervisors through the fundamentals they need to ensure safety on the job.

INCLUDES: What the regulatory agencies expect of supervisors, understanding risk taking, how to motivate for safety, how to interact with risk taking individuals, key prevention activities for supervisors and much more.

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