Course Descriptions


Occupational Health & Safety Committee Part 1 (UPDATED)

This introductory or ‘fundamentals’ Occupational Health and Safety course will introduce new committee members to the basic principles of workplace health and safety. This course also serves as a great ‘Back to Basics’ course for those OH&S Committee members who desire refresher training.

In this course participants will:

  • Learn the legal responsibilities, duties and functions of the Joint OH&S Committee and Worker Representatives.
  • Learn about health and safety legislation (Provincial & Federal), workplace parties’ rights & responsibilities including the Right to Refuse unsafe work.
  • Indicate key elements of having an effective committee and the process of evaluation.
  • Identify the legal requirements of workplace Inspections and Investigations.
  • Understand how to conduct effective workplace inspections.
  • Learn about principles of workplace assessment and control strategies.

Note: This course meets the new (Provincial) mandatory minimum training requirements for new joint committee members. (Effective April 2017)

OHSR 3.27 Minimum training requirements for new joint committee members or worker health and safety representatives

(2) The employer must ensure that each member of the employer’s joint committees who was selected on or after June 1, 2017 to be a member receives, as soon as practicable but no more than 6 months after becoming a member, a total of at least 8 hours of instruction and training, as set out in subsection (4).

(6) Subsection (2) does not apply in respect of a person who is a member of a joint committee if (a) 2 years or less before becoming a member of the joint committee, the person was a member of that joint committee or a diff erent joint committee, and (b) the person received at least 8 hours of instruction and training on the topics described in subsection (4).

(10) For greater certainty, the instruction and training required under subsection (2) or (3) of this regulation is not educational leave as set out in section 135 of the Workers Compensation Act.

Audience: OH&S Committee Members, Managers and Worker Representatives.

*Federal OH&S Legislation specific version and Healthcare version available on request.

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Occupational Health & Safety Committee Part 2 (UPDATED)

The OH&S Part 2 course has been designed to allow participants to pick up where our OH&S Part 1 leaves off and further develop
the concepts, tools and resources needed to tackle OH&S issues at their workplaces.

In this course participants will:

  • Understand Hazard Identification and Assessment & Control Principles.  (Inspections, Job Safety Analysis, Work Procedures
    and Hazard Reporting Methods)
  • Discuss legal requirements (Provincial & Federal) and elements of an effective health & safety program.
  • How to research and utilize OH&S Legislation.
  • Learn hazard control principles, setting priorities, hierarchy of controls & developing effective recommendations.
  • Introduction to the importance of understanding health hazards as part of Hazard Identification.

Audience: OH&S Committee Members, Managers and Worker Representatives.

Prerequisite: Completion of the OH&S Part 1 course is required before taking this course.

*Federal OH&S Legislation specific version and Healthcare version available on request.

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Improving Committee Effectiveness (UPDATED)

We’ve heard from many Joint OH&S Committee (JHSC) members about their successes and their challenges. This course has been designed to allow participants to evaluate their JHSC performance, and develop the tools, resources and strategies to build on their successes and to tackle the tough OH&S issues at their workplaces.

In this course participants will:

  • Indicate key elements of an effective JHSC committee.
  • Identify barriers facing a JHSC and develop practical strategies and solutions to deal with them.
  • Understand group dynamics and stages of group development.
  • Practice how to solve issues and understand the dispute resolution process.
  • Learn how to assess JHSC activities and create a written evaluation.
  • Learn how to develop short and long-term goals for the JHSC for making changes to improve health and safety.

Note: New (Provincial) requirement for an evaluation process to measure the effectiveness of joint health and safety committees. (Effective April 2017)

OHSR 3.26 Evaluation of joint committees (2) An employer must ensure that, with respect to each of the employer’s joint committees, a written evaluation is conducted annually by (a) the co-chairs of the joint committee or, with respect to each co-chair, the member or members of the joint committee designated by the co-chair, or (b) the employer or a person retained by the employer.  

Audience: OH&S Committee Members, Managers, Worker Representatives and Supervisors.

Prerequisite: Completion of the OH&S Part 1 course is required before taking this course.

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Understanding & Conducting Risk Assessments

Assessing risk is an approach to occupational health & safety.  Both Federal and Provincial OH&S Legislation requires all employers to assess risk in the workplace in a variety of situations. This course will cover when a risk assessment must be completed and will give participants hands-on experience in a variety of different methods of conducting risk assessments.

In this course participants will:

  • Learn about the risk assessment process specific to hazard identification, analyze and evaluate the risk associated with the hazard and determine appropriate ways to eliminate or control the hazard.
  • Learn in practical terms that a risk assessment is a thorough look at your workplace specific to things that may cause harm to workers.
  • Summarize hazard prioritization and precautionary principles.
  • Learn how to generate awareness of hazards and risks.
  • Learn how to implement controlled measures, as a result of conducting a risk assessment.
  • Discuss the requirements, who is responsible for meeting them and consequences of non-compliance.

Audience: OH&S Committee Members, Managers, Worker Representatives, and Supervisors

Prerequisite: Completion of the OH&S or Supervisor Part 1 course
is required before taking this course.

*Federal OH&S Legislation specific version available on request.

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Incident Investigations

When an incident or “near hit” happens at the workplace, an investigation by the employer and the OH&S Committee must take place.  This legal requirement has been solidified in legislation passed in May 2015, with Bill 9, in response to the tragic mill explosions in 2012.  Committees are now required to perform a preliminary investigation within 48 hours of an incident occurring and then a comprehensive investigation within 30 days.

Incident investigation is a serious matter. It is your responsibility to gather the facts, objectively assess those facts, and arrive at corrective recommendations to prevent future incidents.

Incident investigations are a fundamental function and responsibility of supervisors and Joint Health and Safety Committees but, often we don’t have the proper insight on how to conduct an effective investigation.  This course will provide you with the opportunity to improve your investigative skills, determine ‘root causes’ and develop effective recommendations.

In this course participants will:

  • Learn the new legal requirements for incident investigations.
  • Examine the principles of incident causation.
  • Learn how to conduct a proper investigation by gathering the facts.
  • Learn how to analyze the results of your investigation and determine contributing factors and root causes.
  • Learn how to prepare reports and develop effective corrective actions.
  • Conduct a class incident investigation and put theory to practice.

Note: New (Provincial) legislation is clarifying the meaning of “participation” in section 174 of the Act (Effective April 2017)

OHSR 3.28 Participation in Investigations Participation by employer or representative of employer and worker representative

For the purposes of section 174 (1.1) (c) of the Act, the following activities are prescribed:

(a) assisting the persons carrying out the investigation with gathering information relating to the investigation;
(b) assisting the persons carrying out the investigation with analyzing the information gathered during the investigation;
(c) assisting the persons carrying out the investigation with identifying any corrective actions necessary to prevent recurrence of similar incidents.

Audience: OH&S Committee Members, Managers, Worker Representatives and Supervisors.

*Federal OH&S Legislation specific version (Hazardous Occurrence Investigations) available on request.

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Introduction to Occupational Health

Health hazards are not as obvious and apparent as safety hazards in the workplace and, as such, often don’t receive proper attention and resources comparatively but their effects can be devastating.

Empowering workers, supervisors and managers to interpret reports, Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and research potential health hazards is a vital role and function of any proactive health and safety program.

Learn about new legislative changes to WHMIS through the introduction of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for chemicals and controlled products. These new requirements change the way that chemicals are labeled, stored and inventoried.

Learn about the best practices and industry standards concerning occupational hygiene monitoring. Who, what, where, when and how to sample exposures to workplace toxins is imperative knowledge for any workplace wanting to be in compliance with both Provincial and Federal legislation.

In this course participants will:

  • Learn about how our bodies are affected by workplace toxins and exposures e.g. Asbestos, Molds, Biological Hazards, Noise and Combustible Dust.
  • Learn about pending changes relating to the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and the new Globally Harmonized System (GHS).
  • Gain an understanding of the theory and practice of occupational hygiene monitoring and interpreting occupational hygiene reports, including TLV’s and TWA’s along with other important terms and references.
  • Read, review and interpret exposure control plans and keep informed with the latest changes and requirements.

Audience: OH&S Committee Members, Managers, Worker Representatives and Supervisors.

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Emergency Preparedness (UPDATED)

No workplace is immune from potential emergencies or disasters. This course provides participants with a fundamental understanding of the planning and preparations needed to assist workplaces to respond before, during and after an emergency/disaster in order to reduce the effects.

In this course participants will:

  • Learn the many components of emergency preparedness plans.
  • Identify legal obligations to develop emergency preparedness plans.
  • Discuss how Joint Health and Safety Committees should be involved in the development and implementation process.

Audience: OH&S Committee Members, Managers, Worker Representatives and Supervisors.

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Prevention of Violence in the Workplace

Workplace violence can take the form of physical aggression such as hitting, biting or kicking. Violence in the workplace also includes verbal threats, swearing, name calling and bullying.

Violence is not part of your job and the repercussions for workers can be devastating, affecting their physical and mental health and job satisfaction. For employers, it means reduced productivity and increased losses.

This course is intended to assist Joint OH&S Committees to identify potential hazards in the workplace, conduct a risk assessment and recommend corrective action as they pertain to Violence. Participants will have the opportunity to develop a plan for violence prevention.

In this course participants will:

  • Learn the requirements of health and safety legislation for implementing a violence prevention program.
  • Learn how to identify and assess hazards of violent incidents and make recommendations for corrective solutions.
  • Develop an outline for a violence prevention program for the workplace.

Audience: OH&S Committee Members, Managers, Worker Representatives and Supervisors.

*Federal OH&S Legislation specific version and Healthcare version available on request.

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Workplace 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.

Bullying and harassment should not be confused with a manager or supervisor exercising authority as part of his or her job. It is therefore 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 being a victim.

Workplace bullying and harassment is an occupational hazard and therefore all of the sections of the Workers Compensation Act that prevent 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.
  • Create effective proactive strategies to address workplace bullying and harassment.
  • Identify the requirements of WCB workplace bullying and harassment policies and their application.

Audience: OH&S Committee Members, Managers, Worker Representatives and Supervisors.

*A half-day version of this eight-hour course for Workers & Management general awareness is available on request. Request ‘B&H Short’.

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Women’s Health & Safety in the Workplace

All workers face health and safety issues at work - injuries, workplace hazards, diseases, and stress. Many of these issues 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.

Audience: OH&S Committee Members, Managers, Worker Representatives and Supervisors.

Prerequisite: Completion of the OH&S Part 1 course is required before taking this course.

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Preventing Workplace Stress

This course is designed to identify work-related stressors and to develop eff ective 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 aff ects 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 eff ective tools including the Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace Standard (CSA), Mental Injury Toolbox (OHCOW) and Guarding Minds at Work (CMHA).

Audience: OH&S Committee Members, Managers, Worker Representatives and Supervisors.

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Strains, Aches & Pains (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”.

* Office, Healthcare and Hospitality sector specific versions available on request

Audience: OH&S Committee Members, Managers, Worker Representatives and Supervisors.

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Improving Return to Work Outcomes

As disability-related costs increase, workplaces struggle with re-integrating workers with disabilities. Return to Work (RTW) education simplifies this process by focusing on RTW as a Health & Safety issue that must respect the fundamental principles of human rights.  This workshop utilizes research-based RTW practices to equip participants with effective tools and strategies to improve the facilitation of successful work reintegration outcomes.

In this course participants will:

  • Identify how the duty to accommodate does not guarantee an outcome but requires a process.
  • Develop a process that performs an individual investigation of a worker with disabilities’ needs and characteristics.
  • Practice the development of creative solutions that lead to reasonable accommodation.
  • Learn the legal responsibilities of the employer, unions and workers in the accommodation process so that a collaborative approach can be adopted.
  • Explore the paradigm shift from managing disability to preventing work disability that integrates health & safety practices with return to work solutions to produce a new proactive approach to RTW that will result in lower human and financial costs.

Audience: OH&S Committee Members, Managers, Worker Representatives, Supervisors, anyone with RTW responsibilities.

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Accommodating Mental Health Issues

The objective of this workshop is to provide participants with the tools to develop strategies to assist workers with mental health issues, individually and collectively; and return them to long-term healthy and productive employment using the law, and evidence-based best practices.

In this course participants will:

  • Learn about the myths and facts of mental illness.
  • Identify the stigma associated with mental illness.
  • Review the law regarding the accommodation of mental health issues.
  • Experience strategies to effectively accommodate workers with mental health issues.
  • Review effective strategies and tools to produce an action plan to create a supportive environment conducive to the accommodation of mental health.

Audience: OH&S Committee Members, Managers, Worker Representatives, Supervisors, anyone with RTW responsibilities.

Prerequisite: Completion of the Improving Return to Work Outcomes course is required before taking this course.

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Understanding & Implementing the new CSA Psychological Health Standard (New)

Mental health in the workplace is an issue that impacts all workplaces and can no longer be ignored. Keeping the workforce healthy and productive is simply smart business and good for the bottom line.
The vision for a psychologically healthy and safe workplace is one that actively works to prevent harm to worker psychological health, including in negligent, reckless, or intentional ways, and promotes psychological well-being.

A voluntary CSA Standard (CAN/CSA-Z1003-13/BNQ 9700-803/2013 - Psychological health and safety in the workplace - Prevention, promotion, and guidance to staged implementation) has been developed to help organizations strive towards this vision as part of an ongoing process of continual improvement.

While there are many factors external to the workplace that can impact psychological health and safety, the CSA Standard addresses those psychological health and safety aspects within the control, responsibility, or influence of the workplace that can have an impact within, or on, the workforce.

In this course participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of this new CSA standard.
  • Review of the current landscape for a psychologically healthy and safe workplace.
  • Learn strategies for implementing an effective psychologically healthy and safe workplace program in your workplace.

Audience: OH&S Committee Members, Managers, Worker Representatives and Supervisors.

Prerequisite: Completion of the Preventing Workplace Stress course is required before taking this course. OHS Committee/Supervisor Part 1&2 recommended.

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SUPERVISOR PROGRAM

Section 117 Workers Compensation Act - General Duties of Supervisors

(1) Every supervisor must:

(a) ensure the health and safety of all workers under the direct supervision of the supervisor,

(b) be knowledgeable about this Part and those regulations applicable to the work being supervised, and

(c) comply with this Part, the regulations and any applicable orders.

(2) Without limiting subsection (1), a supervisor must

(a) ensure that the workers under his or her direct supervision

(i) are made aware of all known or reasonably foreseeable health or safety hazards in the area where they work, and;

(ii) comply with this Part, the regulations and any applicable orders,

(b) consult and cooperate with the joint committee or worker health and safety representative for the workplace, and

(c) co-operate with the Board, officers of the Board and any other person carrying out a duty under this Part or the regulations.

"supervisor" means a person who instructs, directs and controls workers in the performance of their duties;

Supervisor OH&S Responsibilities Part 1

Supervisors play a critical role in the workplace because they have the authority to oversee the work of others. As such, supervisors have considerable responsibilities under Occupational Health & Safety Legislation. A supervisor is required to be qualified by knowledge, training and experience in the work they oversee, be familiar with the legislation that applies to their workplace and knowledgeable about actual or potential workplace hazards, so they can, in turn, advise workers about these hazards.

In this course participants will:

  • Discuss legal requirements and responsibilities (Provincial and Federal).
  • State the supervisor’s role in addressing work refusals and conducting investigations.
  • Identify the supervisor’s role in conducting workplace inspections.
  • Learn the principles of demonstration of “due diligence”.

This program also reviews relevant case law and provisions of the Criminal Code of Canada (Bill C-45) to help participants better identify types of work that are supervisory in nature and their related legal duties, and understand the consequences of non-compliance.

Audience: Supervisors, Managers and Worker Representatives.

*Federal OH&S Legislation specific version available on request.

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Supervisor OH&S Responsibilities Part 2

The Supervisor Part 2 course has been designed to allow participants to pick up where our Supervisor Part 1 leaves off and further develop the concepts, tools and resources needed to tackle supervisor roles and responsibilities at their workplaces.

Completion of this course will further enhance those skills you’ve obtained from your workplace experience and the completion of Supervisor Part 1.

In this course participants will:

  • Understand the supervisor’s role in interpreting OH&S legislation.
  • Learn how to develop and implement SWP’s (safe work procedures) specific to OH&S programs.
  • Understand the supervisor’s role in demonstrating leadership.
  • Learn how to be an eff ective communicator by developing and conducting a safety crew talk.
  • Understand the role of the Inspection Authority in your workplace.

Audience: Supervisors, Managers and Worker Representatives.

Prerequisite: Completion of the Supervisor OH&S Part 1 course is required before taking this course.

*Federal OH&S Legislation specific version available on request.

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FEDERAL Supervisor OH&S Responsibilities Part 1

(Federal Jurisdiction)

Supervisors play a critical role in the workplace because they have the authority to oversee the work of others.  As such, supervisors have considerable responsibilities under Occupational Health & Safety Legislation.  A supervisor is required to be qualified by knowledge, training and experience in the work they oversee, be familiar with the legislation that applies to their workplace and knowledgeable about actual or potential workplace hazards, so they can in turn advise workers about these hazards. In this course participants will:

  • Discuss legal requirements and responsibilities (Federal).  State the supervisor’s role in addressing work refusals and conducting investigations.
  • Identify the supervisor’s role in conducting workplace inspections.
  • Learn the principles of demonstration of “due diligence”.

This program also reviews relevant case law and provisions of the Criminal Code of Canada (Bill C-45) to help participants better identify types of work that are supervisory in nature and their related legal duties, and understand the consequences of non-compliance.

Audience: Federal Supervisors, Managers and Worker Representatives.

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FEDERAL Supervisor OH&S Responsibilities Part 2

(Federal Jurisdiction)

The Federal Supervisor Part 2 course has been designed to allow participants to pick up where our Federal Supervisor Part 1 leaves off and further develop the concepts, tools and resources needed to tackle supervisor roles and responsibilities at their workplaces.  Completion of this course will further enhance those skills you’ve obtained from your workplace experience and the completion of Federal Supervisor Part 1.

In this course participants will:

  • Understand the supervisor’s role in interpreting OH&S legislation.
  • Learn how to develop and implement SWP's (safe work procedures) specific to OH&S programs.
  • Understand the supervisor’s role in demonstrating leadership.
  • Learn how to be an effective communicator by developing and conducting a safety crew talk.
  • Understand the role of the Inspection Authority in your workplace.

Audience: Federal Supervisors, Managers and Worker Representatives.

Prerequisite: Completion of the Federal Supervisor OH&S Part 1 course is required before taking this course.

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FEDERAL Hazardous Occurrence Investigations

(Federal Jurisdiction)

When an incident or "near hit" happens at the workplace an investigation by the employer and the OH&S Committee must take place.  Hazardous occurrence investigation is a serious matter.  It is your responsibility to gather the facts, objectively assess those facts and arrive at appropriate solutions to prevent future incidents.

Incident investigations are a fundamental function and responsibility of supervisors and Joint Health and Safety Committees but, often we don’t have the proper insight how to conduct an effective investigation.  This course will provide you with the opportunity to improve your investigative skills, determine 'root causes' and develop effective recommendations.

In this course participants will:

  • Learn the legal requirements for incident investigations.
  • Examine the principles of incident causation.
  • Learn how to conduct a proper investigation by gathering the facts.
  • Learn how to analyze the results of your investigation and determine contributing factors and root causes.
  • Learn how to prepare reports and develop effective corrective actions.
  • Conduct a class incident investigation and put theory to practice.

Audience: Federal OH&S Committee Members, Managers, Worker Representatives and Supervisors.

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FEDERAL Other Federal Health & Safety Committee & Supervisor Education

(Federal Jurisdiction)

(Available On Request)

Certain workplaces such as Railways, Airports, Inter-Provincial Transport, Pipelines, Broadcasting Systems, Marine Shipping, Telephone Systems and Federal Government employees fall under federal health & safety legislation (Canada Labour Code Part II). This legislation specific program aims to prepare OH&S Committee members in the federal jurisdiction to play an active and confident role on joint committees.

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Mining Sector Health & Safety Committee Education

(Available On Request)

In British Columbia, mining operations and exploration activities fall under: The Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for Mines in British Columbia. Our courses are tailored to reference this specific legislation. Contact the Centre for more information.

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Ergonomics for Drivers & Equipment Operators

(Available On Request)

This ergonomics course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills to assess all aspects of ergonomics for drivers and heavy equipment operators.

In this course participants will:

  • Learn to assess aspects of equipment ergonomics such as seating design, posture, access and egress, visibility, and design of dials and displays.
  • Learn about the health effects resulting from exposure to whole-body vibration, especially back pain and other disorders.
  • Learn how to implement solutions to prevent and reduce exposure to ergonomic problems related to driving and equipment design.

Audience: OH&S Committee Members, Managers, Worker Representatives and Supervisors.

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