Neuroscience: The New Frontier in Safety Management

Presenter: Theo Heineman
Date & Time: Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 1-2pm Eastern Time

    • Every year, organizations invest billions of dollars in new safety initiatives that fail to produce desired results. The primary reason is the inability to produce the sustained change needed for lasting impact on human behaviour. Becoming aware of and changing deep seeded habits and beliefs that have been fired and wired, and rest mostly in the unconscious mind, is what leads to true and lasting change. Using the understanding of the neuroplastic nature of the brain, a formula can be applied to allow employees to learn new ways to think, act and feel; in short, create a new mindset towards workplace safety. This session will focus on the new frontier in safety management; neuroscience, and how it can be applied to transform safety culture and performance.

      This webinar will also discuss the link between stress and incident rates. We will explore the effects of stress on the body and human (safety) performance. Understanding how neuropathways in the brain are created and sustained, and how they impact human performance, provides a doorway to radical shifts in safety performance and culture.

      At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

      • Understand why sustained change in safety culture and habits is difficult to achieve with traditional change management models
      • Explain the new findings in neuroscience and how they can be applied to increase employee safety performance
      • Distinguish three types of stress and illustrate their effect on the employee health and safety and incident rates
      • Discuss why not all stress is created equal, why the same stress effects employees differently and how it can be managed with a new model of change

      Format: Lecture

      Classification: All audiences

Beyond Impairment: Managing Safety Risk for Cannabis

Presenter: Nadine Wentzell
Date & Time: Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 1-2pm Eastern Time

    • Most information on the workplace impacts of substance use focus on impairment - with cannabis usually at the top of the list. This isn't particularly practical or effective, especially with the effects of chronic use. As a licensed pharmacist for over 30 years, I have difficulty identifying drug impairment, as do the seasoned Occupational Medicine specialists with whom I have spoken; how then is a minimally trained supervisor expected to do so?! Rather than focusing on impairment, let's shift to identifying behaviour that poses a safety risk.

      Cannabis is unlike any other drug we have known; its immediate and long-term effects on our brain and our ability to function safely are poorly understood by most. How we educate our employees and train our supervisors, the tools we give them, and the approach we take will determine our success in keeping our workplaces drug and alcohol free. This session will focus on proven and practical methods to guide supervisors in taking confident and effective action in this critical area.

      At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

      • Identify the difference between impairment and safety risk
      • Be familiar with several practical tools to identify safety risks related to cannabis and other substances of abuse
      • Understand how to co-opt employees to take action under the IRS requirement implicit in all OHS legislation

      Format: Interactive

      Classification: Intermediate

Chemical Safety: It’s More Than WHMIS

Presenter: Robert Hallsworth
Date & Time: Thursday, December 5, 2019, 1-2pm Eastern Time

    • Chemicals are used in 96 percent of manufactured materials and products; yet these same chemicals can be the cause of occupational disease. WHMIS was developed to help companies manage this conundrum. But our focus on WHMIS compliance activities such as updating data sheets means chemical safety is usually ignored.

      This webinar looks at some common myths surrounding WHMIS and how they prevent us from making good use of this valuable tool. It shows what a true Management System focused on chemical safety would look like. Data from a variety of organizations is used in describing the Management System, showing examples of the results achieved for each step of the process. Finally, a case study is used to provide a comprehensive overview of what can be accomplished if we viewed WHMIS as the foundation of chemical safety not just an exercise in document management.

      At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

      • Understand the gaps in your current practices around WHMIS
      • Explain how an alternate process that builds on existing activities can improve chemical safety
      • Observe the results of an organization that followed the process and improved chemical safety

      Format: Lecture

      Classification: All audiences

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