Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island

WCB Workplace Health & Safety Conference
With Key Note Speaker Curtis Weber

WCB Workplace Health & Safety Conference With Key Note Speaker Curtis Weber
Thursday, April 26, 2018
8:00am - 4:00pm
Delta Prince Edward Hotel
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Cost: $175 per person

The 2018 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 of interest to the region's health and safety community.

The registration fee includes lunch!

Key Note Speaker – Curtis Weber

Curtis Weber
Curtis Weber comes from Battleford, Saskatchewan, where he has been inspiring and influencing change in safety behaviours across North America for over 10 years. Working in safety as a Trainer, Consultant, Officer and Speaker, following a near fatal workplace incident, Curtis has been able to develop a unique way of challenging audiences to change the way they perceive safety. Curtis believes that before we can develop or change a safety culture, first we must understand and influence human behaviours towards safety. Using his own personal experience of a near fatal workplace incident, let Curtis take you on his journey and challenge the way you think about safety.

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In addition to the key note session, delegates may choose 3 workshops throughout the day to create their own customized learning experience. This year's conference workshops are listed below. Full workshop descriptions are available in the 2018 WCB Workplace Health & Safety Conference brochure.


Creating Mentally Healthy Workplaces - It can be challenging to create and successfully maintain healthy workplaces that address both the psychological and physical well-being of your employees. In this session, Sue Freeman from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) will outline how to implement a comprehensive workplace health and safety program that integrates both. This session will explore the workplace factors that can have a direct impact on worker well-being, and will include a methodology to address psychosocial hazards as well as strategies around the courageous conversations that need to take place when fostering a mentally-healthy work environment. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in interactive discussions and focused exercises to help them recognize how to successfully apply these prevention practices in the workplace, and ultimately create a healthy workplace.

Finding Opportunities After Loss - This session will chronicle the journey of Mark Arendz from a traumatic farm accident on PEI when he was only seven years old, to becoming a Paralympic Medalist and a World Champion in Biathlon and Cross Country Skiing. It will showcase how attitude and goals can help you achieve any dream.

Lift Smart & Stay Safe: A Guide to Injury Prevention and Safe Lifting at Work - Chris Johnston is an Occupational Therapist and Regional Manager of CBI Health Group's Health, Physiotherapy, and Rehabilitation Centres on Prince Edward Island. Chris brings over 17 years of experience as a consultant and educator, working with employers to help reach their health and wellness goals and providing rehabilitation and return to work services for injured workers. “Lift Smart and Stay Safe” will provide practical and best practice approaches for injury prevention and safe lifting in the workplace.

Fire Safety in the Workplace - This presentation will cover some of the fundamental requirements and responsibilities for employers and employees, as well as highlights on Home Fire Safety.

Workplace Policies #TrendingNow - This session will cover the Employer's legal obligations when introducing new workplace policies and amending existing workplace policies. While the focus will be on the legal requirements, we will draw examples from interesting and #trending topics such as drug and alcohol policies in the time of marijuana legalization, and respectful workplace policies in the time of the #timesup movement.

$afe Business is $mart Business - Using two key principles, promoting workplace safety and returning injured workers back to work as soon and as safely as possible, you can help your business reduce your workers compensation claim costs. WCB staff will give an overview of how WCB rates are affected by claims, and the importance of having a good occupational health and safety program AND return-to-work program.

Safety Culture: Beliefs, Values, Actions - The term “safety culture” is widely used, yet there is little consensus on how the term is defined and understood. Safety culture is often expressed and learned within the workplace. However, it can be fostered, adapted, and improved by strong leadership and good resources.

Safety Culture can be positive when there are shared values and beliefs within an organization on health and safety. In this presentation, methods for assessing your organization’s current Safety Culture will be shared. In addition, there will be a review of some current resources available to foster an improved Safety Culture.The workshop will be presented in an informal, fun way with practical tips and real life stories of Safety Culture.

Supervisory Development- What Do I REALLY Need to Know? - This session addresses safety, health and environmental issues through an interactive approach. It will highlight the importance of identification and assessment of hazards, incident prevention, and your role in the safety, health and environmental program at your workplace.

Accident Investigation for Today's Workplace - Accident investigations often come too late to prevent those involved from getting hurt, or preventing damage to company property. There are many reasons to investigate accidents, with the most important reason being to prevent repeat accidents. By working to prevent accidents from happening you show your commitment to preserving the health and well-being of your employees. This program gives information for completing 10 steps to a successful accident investigation and will help you to better understand the importance of an effective accident investigation in preventing future accidents.

Using Behavioural Insights to Nudge Workers Back to Work - Sometimes on the path to recovery workers get stuck. Using various evidence based techniques we can nudge workers out of being stuck and moving forward in their recovery. In this session you will learn:

  1. How workers perceive the path to return to work
  2. How to use social norms to increase the confidence of workers and set expectations for recovery
  3. How to increase the effectiveness of reassurance
  4. Why some workers are reluctant to return to modified duties and how to nudge them to return to work

Finding Balance: A Self-Care Approach to Managing Your Life - Learn how to create more balance in your life and manage stress by understanding and prioritizing your values, and learning how to manage stress through mindfulness, healthy boundaries, and self-care.

Safety Communications at Maritime Electric - Informing our workers and the general public about safety is an important responsibility. Join Katherine Baird, Communications Officer from Maritime Electric, as she discusses some of the effective techniques that they have used in their recent successful safety campaigns.

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Deadline for registration is April 12, 2018

Exhibitors, please click here for trade show opportunities.

For more information about this year's conference, please contact the Conference Administrator at the Workers Compensation Board at 902-368-5697.