Compensation Institute 2017 – Safety and Prevention: How to transform your workplace

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board’s Compensation Institute. After 20 years, it is still the only event of its kind in Canada. This free annual two-day educational event provides safety and prevention support as well as WCB claims management, and employer services information. The event is open to the public but space is limited so please register early. We are excited to host the 20th anniversary of Compensation Institute taking place on March 20 and 21, 2017 at TCU Place in Saskatoon.

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.      Plenary session

Get it done safely
Learn from Spencer Beach how to “Get it Done Safely”. Spencer uses the story of his injury to show how he could have embraced safety and prevented his incident’s harmful impact on his family and friends.
Spencer Beach

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.      Plenary session

Who’s responsible for safety anyway? Self-reliance, self-responsibility, self-leadership and fostering trust in the workplace
We say safety is everyone’s responsibility, but do our actions send that message? Our actions often send the underlying message over and over again that the organization, manager’s and supervisor’s job is to make all of the decisions and that includes to keep you safe!
Yvonne Thompson, President – Change Innovators Inc.

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.      Lunch

Safe Worker and Safe Employer Awards
WorkSafe Saskatchewan created the Safe Worker Award in 2006 and added the Safe Employer Award in 2007 to recognize Saskatchewan people who have made positive contributions toward the elimination or reduction of injuries and illnesses in the workplace. All employers and workers are encouraged to take action as leaders in health and safety as we move towards our goal of zero injuries in Saskatchewan.

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.      Breakout sessions

What to do when you have an injury claim
Learn the ins and outs of effectively managing an injury claim. Several case examples will be provided and the session will end with a question and answer period.
Pam Kirstein, Team Leader – WCB
Ken Stephens – Assistant Director Operations WCB

Employer panel: Best safety practices
The panel of employers, representing small, medium and large organizations will talk about their journeys to safety: the good, the bad and the lessons learned along the way. This informative and candid session will end with your questions and their answers.

Learn how the WCB’s rate model has changed
In 2016, an independent actuary conducted a review of the WCB’s current rate model. The review determined that the WCB’s rate model process was sound and accurately predicts costs and premiums. The consultant, Eckler, also recommended several enhancements to ensure the model remains actuarially sound as opposed to a complete overhaul of the Board’s rate model. The Board has approved the recommended enhancements.

During this session, the WCB will provide a general overview of the rate model enhancements and provide you with an understanding of how the rate model process will calculate base rates in 2018.
WCB CFO Ann Schultz

2:15 – 3:30 p.m.     Plenary session

How to foster a mentally healthy environment in your workplace
Learn steps on how you can create a workplace capable of dealing with mental illness.
Sergio Falzi, Human Resource Consultant

3:45 – 4:45 p.m.      Breakout sessions

Understanding WCB’s experience rating program
Learn how the WCB’s Experience Rating program works and how you can influence the premiums you pay.
Jennifer Norleen – Beitel, Manager of Employer Premiums – WCB
Annette Goski, Manager of Prevention -WCB

Understanding psychological injury
A recent amendment to the Workers’ Compensation Act (2013) created a rebuttable presumption and the WCB has adapted to the new legislation by renewing its policy and procedure on psychological injuries.

This session will cover:
• The meaning of traumatic event(s) as it relates to work and psychological injury.
• The diagnostic process for post-traumatic stress disorder.
• The enhanced mental health treatment program and processes related to return to work from psychological injury.
• Acute and chronic cause of psychological injury.
• What is a DSM diagnosis and who can provide it.
• What is a WCB mental health assessment?
• The role of health care providers in enhancing a positive recovery and return to work.
Dr. James Arnold, Registered Doctoral Psychologist – WCB Consultant

Understanding the WCB’s appeal process
Learn what you need to know about the second level of the WCB appeal process. The session will finish with a question and answer period.
Ken Anderson, Manager of Appeals – WCB

4:45 – 6:00 p.m.      Networking reception

We invite you to join us for appetizers and to network with your fellow conference participants.

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Welcoming

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.      Breakout sessions

What you need to know to develop a return-to-work program
In this session you will learn key principles for creating an effective return-to-work program.
Wolfgang Zimmermann – President, Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences

How changes to Canadian marijuana legislation can affect your workplace
With changes to Canadian legislation, learn what legalization will mean in your workplace.
Ed Secondiak – President, ECS Safety Service

10:15 – 11:30 a.m.      Plenary session

Return-to-work barriers: Identifying, mitigating and removing the hidden obstacles
Learn about some of the hidden barriers to effective return to work and how Washington has used Canadian research to work through some of those obstacles.
Vickie Kennedy – Washington State Department of Labor & Industries
Ryan Guppy – Washington State Department of Labor & Industries

11:30 – 12:30 p.m.      Breakout session

What to do when you have an injury claim
Learn the ins and outs of effectively managing an injury claim. Several case examples will be provided and the session with end with a question and answer period.
Pam Kirstein, Team Leader – WCB
Ken Stephens – Assistant Director Operations WCB

Evolution of return to work and disability management 
Since the ILO’s Code of Practice on Managing Disability in the Workplace in 2002, there has been an evolutionary change in the field with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that includes a return to work provision, ISSA best practice guidelines on return to work, acceptance of the professional and program standards developed in Canada and adopted in 28 countries to date, development of a statutory university dedicated to workplace health, and innovative workplace examples such as the Enhanced Disability Management Program covering 150,000 workers across the entire health care sector in one province.
Wolfgang Zimmermann – President, Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences

Learn what your role is as a supervisor
Understanding the legislative and practical role of the supervisor within workplace occupational health management systems.
Shelly McFadden, Director of Prevention – WCB
Aimee Smith, Director of Safety Operations – Occupational Health and Safety

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.       Lunch – Keynote speaker

Understand an international perspective on effective injury prevention and return to work
Return on investment for effective injury prevention and return to work.
Dr. Gregor Kemper – German Social Accident Insurance

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.       Breakout sessions

How can you prevent workplace violence?
Understand the threat of workplace violence and how to incorporate a prevention plan.
Glenn French, President – The Canadian Initiative on Workplace Violence

Steps to prevent serious workplace injuries and fatalities
Asking the right questions about life-altering exposures in your organization lays the groundwork for an effective serious injury and fatality (SIF) prevention process.
Karl Bossung, Director of Consulting – DEKRA Insight

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.       Plenary session

A Journey to safety: Focus on safety today!
Learn how to reduce the number of near misses and prevent complacency within the workplace. In today’s fast-paced world, lack of focus has become an epidemic. Whether you have a company of ten or hundreds of employees, lack of focus is the number one health and safety hazard facing society today. Employees who are engaged at work are five times less likely to have a safety related incident. Eddie will help you understand the value of a 24/7 safety way of thinking.
Eddie Lemoine – International Speaker/Author and Employee Engagement Expert

3:45 – 4:00 p.m.       Conference conclusion


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