BCFED OH&S Centre (Virtual) Professional Development Days in partnership with the CLC 2021 Pacific Winter School

 Cost $155 per participant. All offerings are 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

For more information please contact the BCFED OH&S Centre at  (1-888-223-5669)

Participant requirements:

  • The online workshop will be delivered via Zoom.
  • Given the interactive nature of the workshop, it is strongly suggested that each participant attend the workshop using an individual laptop or personal computer. Some functions may not be available on smartphones or similar devices. The Zoom desktop client can be downloaded here, and the system requirements for the client can be found here.
    • Use of a webcam is optional and not required during the workshop.
  • The workshop will not be recorded, so be prepared to take notes in any manner you prefer.
  • Workshop materials will be distributed electronically to participants prior to commencing the workshop. If you would like to print the materials, please do so before the workshop begins.


OH&S Committee’s Role During COVID (Safety Plans & Risk Assessment)

Participants will understand the role and responsibility joint occupational health and safety committees have during this unprecedented pandemic; including how to identify potential COVID-19 hazards, Inspecting the workplace for potential means of exposure, Investigation techniques and best practices. An overview of risk assessments, exposure control plans the Public Health Officer (PHO) requiring safety plans for workplaces in relation to COVID-19.

January 19  

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Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the support provided to a person who may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-being or a mental health crisis.  The Mental Health Commission of Canada reports that one in every five Canadians experiences a mental health problem within a given year. While we often know a lot about physical illness, there tends to be less knowledge about mental health or substance use problems. This lack of understanding leads to fear and negative attitudes towards individuals living with these problems. It prevents people from seeking help for themselves and from providing appropriate support to people around them. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the support provided to a person who may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-being or a mental health crisis. Course participants will learn how to recognize signs that a person may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-being or a mental health crisis and encourage that person to:

  • Talk about declines in their mental well-being
  • Discuss professional and other supports that could help with recovery to improved mental well-being
  • Reach out to these support
  • Assist in a mental health or substance use crisis
  • Use MHFA actions to maintain one’s own mental well-being

The virtual MHFA class is in a one day format. However, note that there is a mandatory two hour self directed online module that must be completed prior to the start of the session - all details will be provided after sign-up. Due to this there is a hard registration deadline of two weeks prior to course delivery.

* Cost $295. This course is a product of the Canadian Mental Health Commission (CMHC). The course costs, materials and certificates are shipped and issued by the CMHC. The CLC 2021 Winter school brochure listed all BCFED OH&S Centre costs at $150.  We apologize for any confusion or complications this causes.

January 26  (SOLD OUT)

February 9

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Bullying & Harassment

Workplace bullying and harassment can take many forms, including verbal aggression, spreading malicious rumours, personal attacks, hazing, cyber bullying and other intimidating or humiliating behaviours. If workplace bullying and harassment is not addressed, it can lead to lost productivity, anxiety, and sometimes even suicidal or homicidal thoughts or actions. It is important that all workers understand what workplace bullying and harassment is and what it is not. It is also equally important for workers to know what steps they need to take when witnessing or experiencing bullying and harassment. Workplace bullying and harassment is an occupational hazard and therefore all sections of the Workers Compensation Act that protect workers from exposure to hazards are applicable. Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committees need to understand their role in taking reasonable steps to eliminate or minimize workplace bullying and harassment. In this course participants will:

  • Define workplace bullying and harassment under both human rights law and health & safety law.
  • Recognize the significant negative impact on individuals and organizations.
  • Determine sources and root causes of workplace bullying and harassment and create effective proactive strategies to address it.
  • Identify the requirements of WCB workplace bullying and harassment policies and their application.

January 27  

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Mental Health & The CSA Standard

Each year in Canada one in five people will experience a mental health problem or illness. Over a lifetime that number increases to 1 in 3. The impact to our economy is a cost of more than 51 billion dollars. The objective of this workshop is to provide participants with the tools to create strategies that will support workers with mental health issues, individually and collectively. A Psychological Health and Safety Management System can help an organization identify hazards that can contribute to psychological harm to the worker. It is a preventive approach that assesses your workplace practices and identifies areas for improvement. A voluntary CSA Standard (Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace) has been developed to help organizations work towards this vision as part of an process of continual improvement. In this course participants will:

  • Learn about the myths and facts of mental illness
  • Identify the stigma associated with mental health illness
  • Identify organizational factors that contribute to mental illness
  • Learn how to apply the CSA standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the workplace as an effective strategy to create a workplace environment supportive of mental health
  • Learn about other resources available to workplaces

January 28 

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