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The prevention and management of workplace disability is a significant challenge for workplaces. It also has an impact beyond the workplace – affecting individuals, families, and communities.
In June 2016, CSA Group, the Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD) and the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy (CRWDP) co-hosted a webinar to inform stakeholders about plans to move forward with the development of a Canadian Standard for a Work Disability Prevention Management System (WDP-MS). The webinar had more than 500 registrants, providing a good indication of the importance for developing a standard in this area.
The proposed Standard will specify requirements for a Work Disability Prevention Management System (WDP-MS) that could be used by organizations to systematically manage their work disability prevention activities. The Standard will include a framework for the management of work disability prevention at the organizational level, and for hiring and retaining workers with disabilities. It will integrate current research evidence and the viewpoints and successful practices of multiple stakeholders: employers, labour/unions, injured workers and persons with disabilities, clinicians, workers’ compensation boards, insurance companies, policy makers, and researchers. An implementation guideline will be developed to complement the Standard.
About the presenters
Dr. Emile Tompa is a senior scientist at the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) and co-director of the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy. He is a labour and health economist and his current research agenda is focused on the consequences of disability compensation system design features and other labour-market policies and programs for the health of individuals and populations. He also examines workplace interventions directed at improving the health and well-being of workers, specifically the economic evaluation of such interventions.
Dr. Amin Yazdani is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at McMaster University, and a professor in the School of Business and Hospitality at Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. Amin's research interest is in standardization of ergonomics in design by developing best practices and development of technical standards. Currently he is spearheading and co-leading several important initiatives at the national level, including the development of three different Canadian Standards: Work disability prevention management system; Design and use of paramedic emergency response vehicles and equipment; and carer-inclusive and accommodating organizations.
Please register online by February 28, 2018.
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Disclaimer: The Centre receives funding through a grant provided by the Ontario Ministry of Labour. The views expressed are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect those of the Centre nor of the Province.