October 2023

Infectious Disease Prevention


1:30PM - 3:00PM

Unwrapping the Complexity of Infection Risk in the Context of Workplace Prevention Strategy

Join McMaster Professor Dawn Bowdish discussing her research into what is currently known about individual and age group immune susceptibility (and how it can be applied to workplace prevention). She will be hosted by OHCOW Occ. Health Nurse Cheryl Rook. Does a prior Omicron infection guarantee immunity? The answer's complicated! There is a crucial need to remain vigilant in preventing further spread. Don't miss this important webinar in the popular Occ-Covid series!



October is Global Ergonomics Month (GEM) and OHCOW will be highlighting various resources throughout the month to raise awareness and educate everyone on the benefits of ergonomics. The first two resources, info sheets from the ErgoInfo series, provide information on musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and the signs and symptoms of MSDs.

ErgoInfoSheet: Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs)


ErgoInfoSheet: Musculoskeletal Disorders Signs and Symptoms


Mark Your Calendars!

Occ|tober & Beyond: Occupational Illness and Disease Prevention Symposia: A Webinar Series

This year the theme is Collaborating to Reduce and Control Workplace Exposures. Kicking off Oct 27 and running all Fridays in November during Lung Month – Nov 3, 10, 17, 24. More info coming soon on our web site and social media channels!

Silica Control Tool Launch November 3

Crystalline Silica dust, when inhaled, has been recognized as a serious occupational hazard. Risk assessments and effective controls are necessary to keep workers safe when they are exposed to it. That is why the Silica Control Tool (SCT), already in use in British Columbia, is coming to Ontario!

From Our Partners

Advancing Workplace Exposure Surveillance in Canada

This report from The Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) presents the proceedings of a workshop hosted by OCRC in March 2023, attended by approximately 60 stakeholders and scientific collaborators from Ontario and across Canada. The report outlines the presentations on current occupational exposure surveillance initiatives, and summarizes the challenges, resource needs, and next steps to improve occupational exposure surveillance in Canada.

See Report PDF
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