Mining webinar: Healthy Workers in Healthy Workplaces Initiatives – Occupational Disease

October 13, 2022 - October 13, 2022
10:00am - 11:30am

Joint Ministry-WSN webinar focuses on issues related to occupational diseases

You’re invited to attend a free webinar, “Healthy workers in health workplaces initiative – occupational disease” on Thursday, October 13, 2022, from 10:00 to 11:30 am ET co-hosted by Workplace Safety North (WSN) and the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (MLITSD).
While working in a closed underground environment, miners can be exposed to airborne hazards such as diesel emissions and silica, putting them at higher risk of developing occupational illness. During 2019 consultations, the mining industry indicated a need to raise awareness of procedures current with WHMIS requirements, and the Mine Safety Review ranked respiratory exposure hazards as one of the top five hazards.
From Oct. 31 to Dec. 30, 2022, Ministry inspectors will be conducting a provincial inspection blitz on hazards associated with air quality and workplace hazardous materials in underground mines. Presenters Keith Birnie,
WSN Industrial Hygiene and Ventilation Specialist will speak about prevention, and Scott Secord, MLITSD Provincial Mining Specialist, will discuss what to expect for the inspection blitz. 
In the webinar you’ll learn about issues related to occupational diseases in the mining sector, including requirements for air quality in mines and mining plants, pits, and quarries with regards to exposures to dust, silica, diesel particulate matter (DPM), radon, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) for chemicals and re-agents at mining workplaces.

Inspectors focus on hazards that can cause occupational disease

Between October 31 and December 30, 2022, inspectors will check mining workplaces to ensure employers:
  • Follow requirements for air quality in mines and mining plants, pits, quarries for exposures to dust, silica, diesel emissions in underground mines, chemicals, and re-agents at workplaces
  • Dilute or remove contaminants to prevent worker exposure that is above legal limits
  • Test for diesel emissions and diesel particulate matter (see the guidelines on testing undiluted exhaust in underground mines and sampling for diesel particulate matter in mines)
  • Complete occupational exposure monitoring in areas of known or expected exposures
  • Have assessments and control programs in place for designated substances (for example, silica) and dust
  • Follow WHMIS including proper labelling and worker education is completed
  • Communicate Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals components


  • Scott Secord, MLITSD Provincial Mining Specialist
  • Keith Birnie, WSN Industrial Hygiene and Ventilation Specialist
Workplace Safety North, your prevention partner, is hosting this free webinar.
Participants are encouraged to ask questions in the webinar using the Q&A box or to pre-submit a question upon registering. Questions and answers will be reviewed at the end of the presentation.
Help make your workplace safer and register today!
Please note:
Some companies may have blocked the use of the Zoom application. Once registered, please ensure you can access the Zoom application on your device and try this testIf you are not able to access Zoom on your workplace device, please consider using a personal device (depending on your workplace, you may have to re-register using a personal email address).

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