Eastern Ontario Labour Education

Kingston & District Labour Council
Eastern Ontario H&S/WCB Labour School


Nov 14/15 through to Nov 19th, 2017 


 School Registration Information

  REGISTER ONLINE HERE  For the Fall 2017 School

In the spirit of ensuring we will continue to have healthy and safe workplaces for generations to come, this Spring School we will again be offering $100 scholarships for the first 10 Young Workers (30 and under) who enroll with a paid registration in entry level courses (WHSC Level 1, or Prevention Link (ODRT) Level 1 and 2). Please contact us at kdlceducation@gmail.com for more information.

 Contact us:       kdlceducation@gmail.com

Fall 2017 Course Offerings:

COURSES OFFERED (all 30 Hours except where noted):               
1.  WHSC Level 1 Basic Occupational Health & Safety Awareness No prerequisite
2.  WHSC Level 2 Committees (Federal) You must hold a Level 1 certificate to enroll        

3. Prevention Link - WSIB Level 1 & 2 No prerequisite to register
4. Prevention Link – WSIB Level 5, Medical Orientation Prerequisites: Level 1&2; and either 3 or 4

5.  *New* Prevention Link - WSIB Level 3, Appeals Prerequisites: Level 1, and 2
6.  MHCC Mental Health First Aid Certification and Violence Prevention in the Workplace No prereq

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS Fall 2017 14/15 Nov to Sun, Nov 19, 2017

Course # 1 – WHSC Level 1 Health & Safety (Provincial & Federal) 


Level I embrace’s an entire gamut of health and safety issues by focussing on hazard recognition and the rights and responsibilities of the workplace parties, as prescribed by existing legislation.  This 30-hour core program consists of seven modules that identify the respective roles of the workplace parties - management, government and labour regarding health and safety; explains current health and safety legislation, provincial or federal; discusses how the body functions and the damaging effect hazards have on it; features carcinogens, and how to recognize them and toxic substances, as well as their sources.

Course # 2 – Level II Health & Safety Committees (Federal) (Prerequisites WHSC Level 1)

All federal workplaces must have a hazard prevention program that identifies, assesses and controls workplace hazards. These prevention programs must meet detailed and specific requirements set out in Part XIX of the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations. Equally important, the programs must be developed, implemented and monitored with the participation of joint workplace committees or representatives.

Course # 3 - *New Material*OFL - Prevention Link (ODRT) WSIB Level 1 & 2 (Entry level Essentials)

WSIB Rights & Obligations (Level 1) The first of six core certification courses offered within Prevention Link’s disability prevention curriculum, this introductory course begins by exploring the history of the worker’s compensation system in Ontario and the development of legislation and the general principles of the system. Participants learn: the basics of a disability prevention framework; how the WSIB determines whether an injury is compensable; about some workplace injuries and occupational illnesses; and explore how to properly file a claim, including the applicable timelines. Worker and Employer obligations are covered as well as roles and responsibilities with respect to work reintegration. Participants will discuss how to effectively implement the new skills and gain access to additional resources. WSIB Benefits & Representation (Level 2) in this course, participants learn: the significance of legislation (OHSA and WSIA), regulations and policy, including changes to the legislation and the effects these changes have had on benefits; and the benefits available under the WSIA in the three different eras, including PT, TT, FEL, NEL, and LOE. Participants further learn about funding, including: which employers are covered; optional insurance; how the system is funded; how incentive programs work; and experience rating work and when claim costs can be transferred. Participants will also learn how to make a case plan for a successful outcome and different types of evidence to use. The organization of a Board file is presented and participants will explore how to effectively review a file. Visit Prevention Link’s website for more information at www.preventionlink.ca  


Course #4 – OFL-Prevention Link (ODRT) Level 5, Medical Orientation (Prereq: Levels 1 and 2; and either 3 or 4)

The fifth of six modules offered within Prevention Link’s core curriculum is an advanced course designed to assists participants in understanding medical terminology, anatomy and medical testing so they can interpret medical information in Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) files. Participants learn medical terminology, and human anatomy with attention to the different organ systems (skeletal, muscular, nervous, auditory, ocular, respiratory, circulatory, digestive, and integumentary). Specific injuries (back, bone, MSIs, lower extremities) that are commonly seen in WSIB cases are discussed. Topics discussed in detail include: Disorders such as chronic pain and fibromyalgia are discussed; Mental stress related injuries; WSIB policies relating to traumatic stress, psycho traumatic disability and behavioural disorders; The legislative authority for health care and the relevant WSIB policies; Evidence-based medicine and the difference between disease-oriented evidence (DOE); Patient-oriented evidentiary medicine (POEM); Medical specialists and Ontario standard; Medical records, independent medical examinations and treatment modalities and the use of OHCOW services; Diagnostic test used in determining workplace Injuries and some treatments, including their advantages and disadvantages; and Determining disability and impairment (Permanent Impairment rewards, how they are assessed and the different types of awards (PPDS and NELs). Participants follow detailed calculations for these awards to understand how the degree of impairment translates into a monetary value. Finally, when and how redeterminations occur, are discussed. For more info, visit www.preventionlink.ca

Course #5 – *New Material* OFL-Prevention Link (ODRT) Level 3, Appeals (Prereq: Level 1 and 2) *Note: This Course begins Tuesday, November 14th through to Sunday, November 19th
In the third of six modules offered within Prevention Link’s core curriculum, participants that complete this hands-on course learn the structure of the appeals branch of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), how to begin the appeals process and the legal principles involved in a hearing will be examined including: review of the file; gathering additional evidence; researching law; policy and precedent; preparation of witnesses; and questioning, cross-questioning and re-direct at a hearing. Hearing presentations are discussed with respect to oral advocacy, code of conduct, opening and closing statements, objections and use of legal precedents. Further to the WSIB appeal process, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT) process is also discussed. In addition to the information presented, participants will work with a claim file and, in groups, represent both worker and employer interests at the WSIB appeal level and at a WSIAT by presenting in front of an Appeals Resolution officer and a Vice Chair respectively. For more info, visit www.preventionlink.ca

Course # 6 – *Updated Design*
MCC Mental Health First Aid Certification; and Violence Prevention in the Workplace (only course of its kind offered at any labour school) begins Tuesday, Nov 14th
This program consists of 2 parts: one part is a full 2-day, intensive Mental Health First Aid Certification. Participants will be certified with their Mental Health First Aid by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Participants will discuss substance use disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and psychotic disorders. Crisis first aid skills for the following situations will be learned: substance overdose, suicidal behaviour, panic attacks, acute stress reactions, psychotic episodes. The second part of the program will address Violence Prevention in the Workplace. This portion will strengthen the capacity of Union representatives to challenge all forms of violence in the workplace (both provincial and federal), and promote a respectful workplace. It will explore the 13 psychosocial factors, and existing laws and their limits and possibilities as tools. (No prerequisite needed)