Compensation Institute 2019 – Presentations & Videos

Monday, March 25 – Tuesday, March 26

Some of the sessions from this year’s Compensation Institute were recorded. Others were not available for recording for proprietary reasons.

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KEYNOTE: Why safe companies fail
Kimm Barker, SAFEMap

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No matter how effective our conventional safety devices are, there is a form of accident that appears to be ‘inevitable’, yet is preventable. These relate to accidents that result from “interacting failures” in a way that could not be foreseen by the designers. In so-called “tightly coupled production systems” (processes that happen very fast, such as on a high producing mine), the risk is even higher and our risk controls mostly introduce some sort of a technological fix. While we are on the one hand attempting to control the risk, we are also on the other hand introducing more levels of complexity, through the acts of risk controlling. Are we really controlling the risk? This is one of the fundamental questions that will be addressed in this presentation.

Marijuana in the workplace
Amy Groothuis, Miller Thomson LLP

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The use of recreational marijuana is legal in Canada. This session will explore the rights and responsibilities of both employers and employees regarding the use of marijuana and impairment in the workplace. The presentation includes information on recreational vs medicinal use, duty to accommodate, safety sensitive environments, impairment detection, drug testing in the workplace and how workplace policies can contribute to a “culture of safety.

Employer Panel: Mental health in the workplace
Orano Canada, Public Service Commission and Creative Options

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During this session, panel members will share their company’s ongoing journey to create psychologically healthy and safe work environments. Panelists will discuss the steps they took to develop their mental health strategies and solutions and share how they created tools and resources to identify and lessen psychosocial risk factors in their workplaces.

Total health approach for workplaces linking prevention to return to work
Dr. Tyler Amell, Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences

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Workplaces today continue to struggle with both injury and illness prevention efforts, as well as disability prevention/management efforts. There are a wide variety of reasons for this. During this session, Dr. Amell will present a new, integrated model that workplaces can adopt to improve their overall approach to workplace health with an emphasis on disability prevention.

Addressing Saskatchewan’s health and safety violations – The next prevention wave
Megan Hunt, Director of Health – Saskatchewan Labour Relations and Workplace Safety & Gerry Culina, Manager of General Health and Safety – Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety

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Join the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety, and  the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, as they explain the connection between safety violations, enforcement and Saskatchewan’s next-wave of prevention – curated, timely information, right on your device.Prior to this session, CCOHS invites you to download the Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association’s Guide to OHS Legislation. You can find the App from Apple or the Google Play store, by searching SCSA. You can also find it on the SCSA website at www.scsaonline.ca.


Safety super powers – Do you have the power to influence?
Eldeen Pozniak, Pozniak Safety Associated Inc.

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As safety professionals, committee members, and supervisors, we are always trying to get someone to do or believe in something when it comes to safety. We get that to happen by our influence. During this session, Eldeen will review the biggest indicators of influence – reciprocity, scarcity, authority, consistency, social proof, and liking, and how we can use them to make a difference. She will teach you how to practice aspects of power and influence to get the safety message and action done more effectively.

How to manage your WCB claim

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Join WCB experts to learn about the key components in managing an injured worker’s claim, including interactive discussions related to: submitting a claim; completion of necessary forms; return to work/modified duties; and, employer/employee roles in communication.


Learn from the WCB’s Prevention Department about safety management systems and resources for you

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This session will address the major safety issues that employers and workers face in today’s workplace. Presenters will review the research and describe strategies for helping employers effectively address Safety Management Systems (SMS) and psychological health and safety. We’ll share our new definition of serious injuries and fatalities with you.

Participants will learn together, interact with safety professionals and walk away with ideas and resources to take back to their workplaces to eliminate injuries right away.


How to make your WCB employer account work for you

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Attend this session to learn about all things related to your WCB employer account. You’ll learn about your responsibilities regarding payroll and contractor reporting, and how using online services can make reporting easier and more convenient. You’ll also learn about the premium rate setting process and how your individual experience factors into the premium rates you pay through the Experience Rating Program. You’ll also have an opportunity to ask WCB Employer Services representatives specific questions related to your account.