Program Calendar

Though the full program has now been released, changes are still possible. The organizing committee reserves the right to make changes leading up to the CARWH 2016 conference.

Tuesday 18
Main Conference Area Colony Ballroom St. David St. Patrick Armoury
8:30 AM

With increasing age of statutory retirement, working careers are prolonged. Many older workers will face chronic diseases during the latter stages of their working career, which may influence their work performance as well as their ability to remain employed. In cohort studies with long-term follow-up to allow for life course analysis, it has been demonstrated that workers in physically strenuous jobs may spent up to 3 years in work-related disability before retirement. Ill health is an important reason in the ageing workforce to be forced out of the labour market, especially among those lower educated with poor jobs. Subsequently, loss of paid employment is an important cause of increasing health inequalities.
In recent studies we have investigated how working conditions influence the ability of workers with health problems to remain in paid employment during a 3 year follow-up. Psychosocial work-related factors modified the influence of health problems on disability benefits. Higher autonomy, higher support and low psychosocial job demands reduced the risk of disability benefits by 82%, 49%, and 11% respectively. Promoting an optimal work environment will contribute substantially to sustainable employment.

9:00 AM
9:15 AM

10:00 AM
10:00 AM

Morning Break

Morning Break

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM in Main Conference Area

10:30 AM

10:30 AM

10:30 AM

10:30 AM

11:00 AM
11:45 AM



11:45 AM - 1:15 PM in Colony Ballroom

12:00 PM
1:00 PM
1:30 PM

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM in Colony Ballroom

Dr. Paul Demers

In the past decade a number of new longitudinal cohorts have been created in Canada. The creation of these cohorts represents a major investment of Canadian research dollars, by organizations such as the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and CIHR, but they have created unique longitudinal data platforms from which to study a wide range of health determinants and outcomes. The BC Generations Project is British Columbia’s largest-ever health study, with nearly 30,000 BC participants being followed longitudinally. BC Generations is part of the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project, which also includes four other longitudinal cohorts from different provinces (data from more than 300,000 Canadians aged 35-69). The CHILD Study is a longitudinal birth cohort study of 3500 children (born after 2010) involving 3500 moms and 2600 dads. The CLSA is a large, national, long-term study that will follow approximately 50,000 men and women between the ages of 45 and 85 for at least 20 years. All of these studies involve large numbers of researchers from multiple institutions, with study participants providing both their health information and biological samples to study a wide range of questions. They represent an amazing resource for occupational health research. In this symposium the panelists will introduce their projects and discuss opportunities for collaboration to advance occupational health research in Canada.

1:30 PM

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM in St. David

Caleb Leduc
Dr. Ann Pegoraro

Social media (SM) is increasingly the place where knowledge sharing, public discussions, debates, and sometime disputes are occurring. As such, SM provide organizations with dynamic opportunities to communicate directly with stakeholders at relatively low cost. Research has indicated that there is an inconsistency between practitioners’ perceived and actual use of SM for facilitating two-way communication with stakeholders. Non-profit and government organizations, generally, have failed to effectively build and cultivate relationships though online communication. Nonetheless, some organizations provide valuable lessons of how to build engagement with limited resources by developing strategic SM tactics and policies. Over the past few years, the popularity of SM as a means of KTE has been growing. In the field of occupational health and safety (OHS), SM offers advantages over traditional approaches such as fact sheets, brochures, websites, because of the shorter time between creation and distribution of material and because of the possibility of greater reach and engagement with key stakeholders . The growing research literature on organizational use of SM indicates that it offers communication opportunities that differ from other forms of computer-mediated communication (websites) and traditional forms of communication (i.e. print based) .
The advancement and diversification of SM platforms present unique opportunities and challenges to effectively communicate OHS knowledge. Platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram offer industry and academia the potential to broaden their KTE reach and impact.

The symposium, using research analysis together with best practices, will illustrate practical and theoretical implications of SM for OHS researchers and practitioners. The panel will address:
1. What themes are emerging from the dialogue on health and safety related topics on SM?
2. How do Health and Safety Associations (e.g. PSHSA, WSPS, WSN, IHSA, CCOHS, CFCSA, CSSE) engage on SM?
3. How are occupational safety and health research centres (e.g. CROSH, IWH, CARWH, IRSST) leveraging SM in disseminating the results of their research?

1:30 PM

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM in St. Patrick

Dr Stephen Bornstein
Dr Barb Neis

Policy makers and stakeholders in Canada and elsewhere have identified the prevention of occupational disease as a key challenge. Some recent reviews suggest that costly programs such as those for hearing loss may not be effective, particularly in terms of primary prevention. Primary prevention programs that can work in small and medium-sized enterprises and seasonal, rural, and precarious work contexts are especially badly needed. This symposium/workshop will present preliminary findings from and seek input into ongoing research, funded by WorkSafe BC, designed to identify strategies that have a demonstrated capacity to prevent occupational diseases and assess their applicability to Canadian contexts including those outlined above. Our team is focusing on those strategies designed to prevent one or more of four quite diverse groups of occupational disease— noise-related hearing loss, occupational cancers, occupational asthma and occupational contact dermatitis. For the larger project, we are searching the peer-reviewed and grey literature on these occupational diseases in Canada and in selected international jurisdictions with a focus on identifying primary prevention strategies. We are then refining our search through input from key informants involved with primary prevention of occupational disease; subjecting the most promising strategies to a process of rigorous review, synthesis and evaluation for their potential effectiveness and relevance for Canadian contexts, including the challenging contexts identified above; and, producing a report presenting our findings and recommendations (in consultation with our key informants and a wider network of stakeholders to be accessed through co-investigators, supporting organizations and other groups) and disseminating the results widely among OHS policy makers and stakeholders.
In this special session we will report on findings from our literature reviews refined through consultations with key informants. We will seek input from symposium/workshop participants into these preliminary findings with a focus on potential strategies we may have missed in our search; the relevance and likely effectiveness of particular strategies for the Canadian context and the particular types of workplace/populations at risk that are the focus of this study.
This session features the panelists: Mieke Koehoorn, Linn Holness, Ziwei Gao, Kevin Hedges, Susan Stock, Stepehen Bornstein, and Barb Neis.

1:30 PM

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM in Armoury

Siobhan Cardoso
Sara Macdonald
Dr. Ron Saunders

Knowledge transfer and exchange (KTE) is a process of exchange between researchers and stakeholders/knowledge-users designed to make relevant research information available and accessible for use in practice, planning and policy-making. Integrating KTE into a research project can increase the uptake, use and impact of research. This relates to the conference theme,
Advancing Research to Improve Work and Health, as using research to improve work and health requires research uptake. Moreover, funders are increasingly expecting KTE to be integrated into the research process. In this 90-minute workshop, participants will learn why integrated KTE is important, how to develop and implement an integrated KTE (iKTE) plan for a research project, and how to address challenges that arise in an iKTE process. The workshop will be led by 3 members of the KTE team of the Institute for Work and Health: Ron Saunders, Siobhan Cardoso, and Sara Macdonald. It will cover the following topics:
1. What we mean by integrated KTE (iKTE)
2. Why it’s worth doing (including references to literature)
3. Key questions to be addressed in developing an iKTE plan
a. Who are the key audiences/stakeholders?
b. How will they use the research findings? What gap will the research address for them?
c. How will representatives of these audiences be engaged in different stages of the research process?
d. What are the expected KTE outcomes? How will success be measured?
e. How will be findings be disseminated? (What products? What methods of dissemination? By whom?)
4. Challenges in developing or implementing an iKTE plan
5. Small group work on addressing the challenges (each facilitated by a member of IWH staff), with brief reports back
6. Resources for building an iKTE plan
7. Open discussion

2:00 PM
2:45 PM

Afternoon Break

Afternoon Break

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM in Main Conference Area

3:00 PM
3:15 PM

3:15 PM

3:15 PM

3:15 PM

4:00 PM
4:30 PM

Closing Plenary

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM in Colony Ballroom

Dr. Paul Demers
Professor Cameron Mustard

Closing remarks from the co-chairs of CARWH 2016