Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island

WCB Workplace Health & Safety Conference
With Key Note Speaker Candace Carnahan

WCB Workplace Health & Safety Conference With Key Note Speaker Candace Carnahan
Thursday, May 4, 2017
8:00am - 4:00pm
Delta Prince Edward Hotel
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Cost: $175 per person

The 2017 WCB Workplace Health & Safety Conference features workshops on a wide range of workplace safety topics, as well as a comprehensive trade show of products and services from the region’s health and safety community.

The registration fee includes lunch and a chance to
win an iPad mini at the tradeshow!

Key Note Speaker – Candace Carnahan

Candace Carnahan
Lauded as one of the “Faces of the Future” by Maclean’s magazine, Candace Carnahan uses her personal story of a devastating workplace incident where she lost her lower left leg at the vulnerable age of 21. It was an incident that might also have taken her life, but most important--it was preventable. As she grew aware that “tomorrow” is a guarantee for no one, she adapted quickly--mentally and physically--to mobilize herself.

After travelling around the world, Candace was transformed and felt compelled to share her personal story of triumph-over-tragedy, in an effort to eliminate preventable workplace injuries. Carnahan has shared her message with nearly half a million people worldwide, and continues to expand her message to audiences across the globe.

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In addition to the key note session and plenary, delegates may choose 2 workshops to create their own customized learning experience. This year’s conference workshops are listed below. Full workshop descriptions are available in the 2017 WCB Workplace Health & Safety Conference brochure.

Plenary - The Three Secrets to Your Workplace Health and Safety:

There are over six thousand centurions (100+ years of age) in Canada today. Their existence means they functioned safely in a time before regulations that promoted workplace health and safety existed. How did they do it? How did they survive? Individuals who are successful at life, including workplace health and safety, share three specific things, and you may be surprised what they are! When you are aware of these three factors, and use them consciously, you promote your own health and safety. Being able to clearly identify these factors and how they connect to our present and future, promotes health and safety awareness. This creates focused attention which promotes not just personal health and safety but also greater productivity.


Medical Marijuana in the Workplace - Learn about medical marijuana, human rights, accommodation and your legal obligations. The program will include practical tips and discuss case examples and what employers need to know when an employee requests accommodation for treatment involving medical marijuana use, and will include the following topics:

  • Responding to accommodation requests for medical marijuana treatment;
  • Questions to ask as well as questions to avoid;
  • The extent to which an employee needs to disclose medical information and diagnosis;
  • Potential forms of accommodating; and
  • What employers can do in cases of suspected abuse of medical marijuana.

Staying Positive through Rehabilitation - A perfect storm is the perfect description of Vance’s life-alternating accident September 24, 2011. Several factors - training, timing, place – combined to determine the ultimate outcome. Sharing the remarkable story of his still ongoing recovery this burn survivor will answer the question, “How did you manage to stay so positive during so much?” Vance will share how drawing on life experience, job skills, and sheer determination he has made progress.

Come and listen to Vance’s story and his decision to live life without a wheelchair. Learn how a simple task like opening a can of coke found a place in Vance’s physio exercise. See how a string of licorice can be a physio tool. Hear how an accident like this can affect loved ones, friends, and caregivers.

Steps to Safety - Safety is the condition of being safe, protected from or unlikely to cause danger, risk, or injury. This is a worthy goal and one that will make sense from a business perspective. A safe workplace does not waste valuable resources and time responding to losses in the workplace. Research has proven that employers who pay attention to employee safety have a more engaged and loyal workforce with fewer injuries and thus more profitable. Workplace safety is one of those areas that requires a strategized approach and routine attention. Come and learn about the various steps we can take to make our workplaces safer.

The Three Secrets to Your Workplace Health and Safety and Me - The workshop offers attendees an opportunity to personally apply and integrate the three factors covered in the plenary session which have been shown to contribute to longevity in work and life. In doing so, participants get to connect their own work to the rest of their life. This will enable them to appreciate where they are in their own life and to move forward with more health and safety awareness. This creates more consciousness and commitment to their own health and safety.

Barriers to Return to Work for Workers with Chronic Pain - Lingering pain after what may be a minor injury is often a barrier to timely return to work. We will examine how the brain becomes sensitized to pain signals and what the combination of genetic, psychosocial and environmental factors are that may cause this. We will offer early intervention strategies to prevent chronic pain.

Workplace Inspections - Workplace inspections are an effective tool to monitor the workplace to identify, document and report hazards that can cause injuries and illness. Did you know that more inspections predict a safer worksite? This session will explore this and three other safety truths about workplace inspections, which are integral to any health and safety program. It will provide a general overview of inspection requirements and good practices to help you get started on or boost your inspection program.

Air Quality in the Workplace - More recently, we are beginning to appreciate the significance of chronic exposure to air pollutants that accumulate in indoor air. This seminar will provide participants with an introduction to the various indoor air quality environments, sources of air quality contaminants, associated illnesses and investigating and improving air quality. It will also help you understand the indoor air quality requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations.

Compassion Fatigue...Symptoms and Prevention - Compassion is a long-held human characteristic or virtue, where one shows active regard for another’s situation, specifically in times of misfortune and or suffering. It is essential for good or ethical care. Compassion fatigue is becoming a common phenomenon experienced by many working in the helping professions. Conversely, compassion fatigue is a term often used to describe the diminished capacity to be compassionate when providing care. It has been known to have direct negative consequences to patient/client care, and to the care-provider’s psychological, emotional, and physical well-being. Dr. McInnis-Perry’s presentation will present us with a theoretical and practical understanding of compassion fatigue; its implications in caring for self and others; what factors contribute to it; and how we can address these factors.

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Deadline for registration is April 20, 2017

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