TIMMINS, ON – On Wednesday, Sept. 18, about 200 people are expected at the second annual Timmins Health and Safety Conference hosted by Workplace Safety North (WSN) and Public Services Health and Safety Association (PSHSA).

The two provincial health and safety associations are responsible for province-wide health and safety training and services for specific industry sectors. WSN is based in North Bay and serves Ontario mining, forest products, and northern Ontario communities. PSHSA is based in Toronto and serves the public sector, including schools, healthcare, first responders, and municipalities.

“Conference delegates have the opportunity to learn about trending topics in health and safety, attend the trade show, and network and share knowledge with professionals from diverse industries,” says Mike Parent, WSN Vice President of Prevention Services.

“Keynote speaker Big Daddy Tazz is a comedian and mental health advocate who uses humour to talk about his own struggles and to help educate others,” says Parent. “I’ve seen Tazz talk before and he is very entertaining and informative – and it’s so important to break the silence around stigma – so we’re very pleased we’re able to bring his important message to the people of Timmins.”

“The Timmins Health and Safety Conference is aimed at giving back to the community and helping make workplaces safer,” says Glenn Cullen, PSHSA chief executive officer, and chief operating officer. “We are pleased to be an integral partner and serve our sectors across Ontario, at a community level, with valuable health and safety solutions.”

Popular session topics include workplace well-being and mental health, safety culture and management systems, and research and innovation.

  • Keynote speakers Steve Howe and Big Daddy Tazz
  • Burnout in the workplace: A focus on prevention
  • The opioid crisis: Challenges in the workplace
  • Preventing violence and harassment in the workplace: A legal perspective
  • Track switch indicator: New technology improves pedestrian safety in underground mines
  • Critical incident: Managing the media
  • How to hold a difficult conversation
  • How to build an effective Joint Health and Safety Committee
  • From space shuttles to the twin towers – What I’ve learned about systems and culture
  • DrugTest 5000: What’s your tolerance?
  • Navigating the system: Where do we go in times of struggle and how do we get there?
  • Discussion Panel: Navigating substance use and impairment in the workplace

A half-day workshop on Substance Use Awareness Training for Supervisors is also being held on Thurs., Sept. 19, which combines two courses developed by CannAmm, one of the most experienced and knowledgeable organizations in the drug and alcohol testing field. Facilitated by a WSN Health and Safety Specialist, participants will learn about the basics of a fit-for-duty program, as well as how to recognize the signs and symptoms of drug and alcohol use and abuse. The workshop is valued at $157.50, and you can only attend if you purchase the workshop with your conference pass.

Registration for the conference is $130; registration for the conference and workshop is $180.

This is the second annual health and safety conference for the City of Timmins, hosted by Workplace Safety North and Public Services Health and Safety Association, and supported by local businesses and government agencies. Sponsorship opportunities are available for organizations that wish to support community and workplace health and safety.

For more information, visit workplacenorth.ca/events.