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Investing In Workplace Safety

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Investing In Workplace Safety

Ministry of Labour

The province's Research Opportunities Program and Occupational Health and Safety Prevention and Innovation Program aim to improve occupational safety outcomes and support projects that reduce workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities. This year, a total of $4.38 million in funding for these programs will support research, health, educational, industry, labour and community organizations to deliver innovative occupational health and safety initiatives and conduct successful projects that focus on vulnerable workers, high hazard activities or occupational diseases.

2016 Occupational Health and Safety Prevention and Innovation Program (OHSPIP) Projects

Organization

Project Title & Priority

Project Summary

Queen West - Central Toronto Community Health Centres

Delivering Workplace Health and Safety Education to Nail Salons

This project aims to improve the health and safety of vulnerable nail salon workers by developing and delivering resources to strengthen the Healthy Nail Salon Network (HNSN).

Wilfrid Laurier University

En Route to Safety

This program focuses on reducing the rate of workplace motor vehicle incidents by providing resources to employers across Ontario to assist in developing a traffic safety program that will promote compliance with traffic laws, create awareness and encourage safe driving, bike riding and pedestrian habits.

Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)

Addressing the Gap: Pesticide Safety Training for Agricultural Workers

This project aims to keep local and migrant agricultural workers safe by providing them with training and resources on safety measures and best practices related to pesticide use.

Thunder Bay District Health Unit

Superior Mental Wellness @ Work: Standard to Action Project

This project aims to create workplace environments that reduce psychological hazards and maintain positive mental health for employees in resource-based industries who are subjected to stress due to the volatility of their job markets, and for Aboriginal communities that are isolated and underserved in Thunder Bay and across the District.

Paramedic Association of Canada:

Development of a Paramedic Psychological Health and Wellness Standard and Related Tools

This project is focused on developing, promoting, and disseminating a Paramedic Psychological Health and Wellness Standard as well as related tools and resources. These resources will be used to identify psychological hazards and possible control measures, increase awareness to help reduce stigma and harassment, increase the capacity of employers to promote the psychological health and wellness of paramedics, and prevent psychological harm due to workplace factors.

Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS)

Ontario Minds Matter

This project aims to increase the capacity of employers to protect and promote the psychological health and safety and wellbeing of workers. It will provide employers with cost effective and accessible mental health resources and training that leverages and reflects the diversity of the resources and networks of their communities.

Mindful Employer

Building Capacity to Promote and Protect Psychological Health and Safety in the Not-For-Profit Sector

This project focuses on providing training support to up to 25 not-for-profit organizations, including smaller or needier organizations where worker burnout or trauma is common, to build capacity to promote and protect psychological health and safety for workers.

Ontario Retirement Communities Association

Workplace Health and Wellness Awareness

This project aims to promote workplace wellness in retirement homes by providing training modules on mental health and injury prevention in this vulnerable sector.

Nokiiwin Tribal Council

G'miniimaadozimin "We are Living Well" Aboriginal Health and Safety Initiative - (Mental Health)

This project aims to address workplace violence and mental health issues among Aboriginal workers.

Centre for Spanish Speaking Peoples Legal Clinic

Protection del Joven Trabajador

This project aims to provide outreach and plain language occupational health and safety information to undocumented, young Spanish-speaking workers in precarious work situations.

Newcomer Centre of Peel

Need to Know: Youth and Young Workers Occupational Health and Safety Prevention Awareness Experience

This project aims to produce youth-friendly training to educate young immigrants about behaviours in the workforce using socially based learning and direct youth based experiences and contributions.

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME)

Business Results Through Health & Safety of Young Workers

This program aims to bring together young workers and the manufacturing sector to showcase the importance of occupational health and safety.

TOTAL FUNDING

$1,896,752


2016 Research Opportunities Program (ROP) Projects

Organization

Project Title & Priority

Project Summary

University of Toronto

A rock bolt pull tests database and analysis for Ontario's underground hard rock mines

Priority: Exposure and prevention of occupational disease, injury and prevention

The objective of this project is to develop best practices and standardized reporting procedures for in situ pull tests, and to conduct a database of rock bolt pull tests with data from Ontario underground hard rock mines.

University of Waterloo

The influence of body composition on occupational musculoskeletal exposures

Priority: Exposure and prevention of occupational disease, injury and prevention

The objective of this project is to identify how tasks and body composition characteristics influence physical demands during manual materials handling tasks.

University of Waterloo

Ready for duty! Building a framework to improve paramedic candidates' physical readiness-for-work

Priority: Occupational health and safety of most vulnerable workers

The aim of this project is to develop a physical readiness-for-work program to prepare paramedic candidates for the physical demands of paramedic work.

Laurentian University

A wellness intervention program to mitigate injury risk in FireRangers

Priority: Exposure and prevention of occupational disease, injury and prevention

The objective of this project is to evaluate the effectiveness of an intervention strategy designed to improve task-specific physical fitness, improve nutrient consumption, reduce job stress, and mitigate psychosocial risk factors, thereby lowering injury rates among FireRangers.

University Health Network

Development of a web-based assessment tool for Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) functioning and effectiveness

Priority: Promoting a culture of occupational health and safety in the workplace

The aim of this project is to create and test the functionality of a web-based version of a JHSC assessment tool using the interactive questionnaire features of the e-learning software Articulate Storyline 2.

University Health Network

Selecting slip-resistant footwear for workers to use outdoors in winter

Priority: Exposure and prevention of occupational disease, injury and prevention

The objective of this project is to provide ratings of slip-resistance to help outdoor workers select the best winter footwear and to make recommendations of how often footwear should be replaced.

McMaster University

Protecting workers from reprisals for making health and safety complaints at work

Priority: Occupational health and safety of most vulnerable workers

The objective of this project is to create a better understanding of the factors that contribute to the risk of reprisal and inform strategies to more effectively address them.

Cancer Care Ontario

Occupational exposure in Ontario nail salons

Priority: Exposure and prevention of occupational disease, injury and prevention

The aim of this project is to better understand a range of occupational exposures in Ontario nail salons, including chemicals, ergonomics and psychosocial stress.

Cancer Care Ontario

Evaluation of prevention strategies for reducing the future risk of cancer in the Ontario construction industry

Priority: Addressing the highest hazards that result in occupational injuries, diseases or fatalities

The objective of this project is to estimate the number of cancer cases that will occur because of exposures to carcinogens in the construction industry and to evaluate a series of prevention strategies in terms of their costs and impacts on the future burden of occupational cancer.

Institute for Work & Health

Implementing participatory organizational change: Evaluating a participatory intervention in long term care

Priority: Occupational health and safety of most vulnerable workers

This project will examine the implementation of a participatory ergonomic program developed to reduce the incidence of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and slips, trips and falls (STFs) among long-term care staff, in order to better understand the effectiveness of this program in creating organizational change in Long Term Care facilities.

Queen's University

A study of leading indicators for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems in healthcare

Priority: Promoting a culture of occupational health and safety in the workplace

The aim of this project is to study the implementation of six elements of the Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMS) that have been identified as leading indicators for the Ontario Safety Association and healthcare sector. The project will also evaluate its own effectiveness on improving selected health and safety workplace indicators.

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences

Staff safety in a forensic mental health program: the perceived and actual effects of the implementation of Safewards

Priority: Exposure and prevention of occupational disease, injury and prevention

The purpose of this project is to examine the effects of implementing a program model (Safewards) which was developed to prevent conflict and violence towards healthcare workers.  The project will examine the interventions from this model on healthcare workers' perceived and actual safety in a forensic mental health program.

University of Toronto

Improving occupational Health and safety among police officers

Priority: Addressing the highest hazards that result in occupational injuries, diseases or fatalities

The objective of this project is to assess a new method of Use-of-Force training to improve police officer's health, safety and performance. 

Total Funding

$2,484,418

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