Eastern Ontario Labour Education

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

Spring 2020 H&S/WCB SCHOOL @ PICTON - Postponed until further notice

April 14 (Courses #1, #2, and #3) or April 15 (Courses #4, #5, and #6)  through to April 19, 2020


Dear Health and Safety and Worker Compensation Activists:


Thank you for your interest and registration for our upcoming Spring School, which was scheduled to take place 14-19 April, 2020.


As of March 13, 2020, in keeping with recommendations from both local, provincial, national, and international health authorities, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the Spring School to an undetermined date.  


At the forefront of our decision is the health and safety of all workers, worker advocates, and our communities.


Please visit our website for up-to-date information about the next school as it becomes available.


Stay kind and act in solidarity – we will get through this together.


MaryAnne and Dan

 School Registration Information

  REGISTER ONLINE HERE  For the Spring 2020 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.

1)  The Spring Class list webpage can be viewed here, check to see if your are registered in your course and the registration is paid. 

2) View, download and print the Spring School Registration and course descriptions 

3) The Spring 2020 week DRAFT schedule.

We recognize that the school takes place on traditional territory of the Anishnabeck, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee, which is treatied territory. It was inhabited by the Cayuga in the 17th Century, then the Mississauga in the 18th Century, and then the Mohawk.

PLEASE NOTE This educational is a harrassment and sent-free environment

Read more about scent free environments here

 Contact us:       kdlceducation@gmail.com

Spring 2020 Course Offerings:

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS Spring 2020 14 or 15 April to 19 April, 2020

 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


Course # 2 – Level II Health & Safety Law (Provincial)

WHSC Level II Law explores how workers have been the catalyst for achieving important health
and safety rights and protections. Discussions focus on how the law has been interpreted and used
to safeguard worker well-being. Also reviewed, however, are the many inadequacies of health and
safety law and enforcement and strategies to overcome these challenges. Overall, participants come
away with the knowledge and confidence to lead prevention efforts at work and to support broader
union and community initiatives to secure better regulatory protection and stronger enforcement.
(Prerequisite WHSC Level I)



Course # 3 – 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



Course # 4 – OFL-Prevention Link (ODRT) Level 6, Occupational Disease

(prereq: 1, 2, 3, and 5) *Note: this course begins Tuesday, April 14th

The sixth and final module offered within Prevention Link’s core curriculum, is an advanced

course that begins by exploring the impact of occupational disease on society and
workplaces, the lessons that have been learned and current developments in occupational
disease claims. Participants will explore: the legal test and medical standards

for causation, how legal principles apply in an appeal and the significance of apportionment;

the field of epidemiology; toxicology and other evidence; the Industrial Disease Panel and

the adjudication process with information on how to best ensure a successful adjudication;

further understanding of this complex subject, a number of occupational diseases are studied with respect to their risk factors, diagnostic testing and how to argue causal links

using the WSIA and policies; survivor benefits provided by the Workplace Safety and

Insurance Board (WSIB) including payment of money, LMR for the spouse, bereavement

counselling and burial expenses. Visit Prevention Link’s website for more information

at www.preventionlink.ca

Course #5 – MCC Mental Health First Aid Certification; and Workplace Stress

Awareness and Prevention*Starts Tues, April 14th.
This program consists of 2 parts: one part is a full 2-day Workplace Stress Awareness and
Prevention workshop where participants will be able to identify stress, stress in the
workplace, evaluate its impacts on the minds and bodies of workers, examine the 14
psychosocial factors, and apply one or more of the 50 stress prevention checkpoints
to their own workplace. The other 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.
(No prerequisite needed)

Course # 6 –  Environmental Racism *starts Tues, April 14th

Participants will develop an intersectional, worker's analysis that examines environmental
racism and environmental justice and how it manifests itself locally, nationally, and globally
where we link white supremacy, colonialism, and capitalism as the roots of environmental
degradation. The workshop explores the following themes: 1) How the impact of
environmental racism exposes the destructive suppression of Racialized and Indigenous
dreams and aspirations for economy equality; 2) Climate Change can serve as a social
catalyst through the creation of new economic opportunities for Canada’s Racialized and

Indigenous communities. 3) If Canada’s Racialized and Indigenous communities are not
engaged in the struggle, the transition to a green economy will not be just. There can be no
change without a struggle; 4) Strategic creativity for change is needed to realize just
transition that is inclusive of Racialized and Indigenous communities. This workshop will
also help participants to develop documenting skills such as video editing, documenting and,
and video presentation.
*preference will be given to participants who self-identify as Racialized or Indigenous
 (No Course prerequisite needed)