BC Fed Occupational Health and Safety workshops


ohs-2016-coursesNovember 2016 – Victoria BC


Contact:  Cathrine Jansen, CUPE 951 Education Chair, ctjansen@uvic.ca  or local 4989 (250-472-4989) if interested in any of these.


We will be offering two spots for each of these courses:


Women’s Health & Safety in the Workplace – Nov. 8, 2016 (8:30-4:30) —>  ZERO Registered with 14 seats remaining! 

Prerequisite:  Occupational Health & Safety Part 1

All workers face health and safety issues at work – injuries, workplace hazards, disease, and stress. Many of these issues also have a gender dimension – they affect women in particular ways. The course provides participants the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills to identify, assess and control workplace hazards from a woman’s perspective. It is geared to health and safety committee members, and to all women who want to know more about how to make our workplaces and lives safer and healthier. In this course participants will:

  • Discuss how women’s health (including reproductive health) is affected by toxic workplace substances, work design & work organization.
  • Learn about workplace stresses such as violence (including domestic violence), bullying and harassment.

Preventing Workplace Stress – Nov. 9, 2016 (8:30-4:30) 5 seats remain (9 registered) – Early bird reg ends Oct 25th, Tuesday

This course is designed to identify work-related stressors and to develop effective corrective actions to eliminate or minimize the exposures to toxic stressors. The course will discuss the role of the Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee, Managers and Supervisors in developing and implementing proactive prevention strategies to reduce workplace stress. This is not a time management or coping strategies course. In this course participants will:

  • Discuss what toxic stress is and how it affects our health.
  • Learn about the contributing organizational and personal safety stressors in the workplace.
  • Develop prevention strategies to eliminate or minimize toxic workplace stress.
  • Review effective tools including the Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace Standard (CSA), Mental Injury Toolbox (OHCOW) and Guarding Minds at Work (CMHA).

Strains, Aches and Pains – Nov. 10, 2016 (8:30-4:30) 6 seats remain (8 registered)- Early bird reg ends Oct 26th, Wednesday

What Joint OH&S Committees Need to Know About Ergonomics

This course is designed to provide OH&S Committee members with the knowledge and skills to identify ergonomic problems at the workplace and ways of finding solutions. In this course participants will:

  • Learn about common health effects from MSI injuries.
  • Learn how to comply with existing ergonomics legislation.
  • Learn how to identify ergonomic hazards, learn risk assessment techniques and generate solutions to deal with hazards.
  • Learn strategies to assist in implementing an effective prevention program.
  • Have an opportunity to put theory into practice in the exercise, “Fix That Job”.

Contact:  Cathrine Jansen, CUPE 951 Education Chair, ctjansen@uvic.ca  or local 4989 (250-472-4989) if interested in any of these.


We need to register participants a couple weeks in advance

to get the Early Bird registration rate.


Location:  Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel, 146 Kingston Street, Victoria BC.