Ontario mining health and safety conference April 18 to 20 in Sudbury

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Annual Workplace Safety North event includes video live stream

Photo of hundreds of conference participants listening to opening speaker's remarksFrom April 18 to 20 in Sudbury, Workplace Safety North (WSN) hosts about 300 attendees at the annual provincial Mining Health and Safety Conference. The event brings together Ontario’s mining industry to share knowledge and innovations regarding safety programs and hazards specific to mining.

“We’re pleased to welcome miners from across the province to partake in this year’s conference themed Innovations in mining safety,” says Candys Ballanger-Michaud, WSN President and Chief Executive Officer. “In the last decade we’ve seen an increase in innovations aimed at improving safety in Ontario mines and this event is aimed at celebrating these advancements. 

“WSN recently completed a one-year pilot testing a new tool, the Internal Responsibility System Climate Assessment and Audit Tool (IRS CAAT), which is helping mining operations measure systems and culture at the same time to highlight strengths as well as opportunities for improvement.

“Mining is a vital and technically demanding industry,” notes Ballanger-Michaud. “WSN has 24 mining health and safety specialists and mine rescue officers who provide specialized services and training across Ontario, including expertise in mine ventilation, ground control, electrical-mechanical safety, as well as rescue and recovery operations. WSN also helps mining companies assess health and safety risks and meet legislative requirements.”

New for 2017: an industry innovators panel, extended hours and expanded location for the trade show, plus live video streaming of keynote presentations. 

Conference keynote speakers feature Jody Urquhart, a motivational speaker and former stand-up comedian with a humorous talk on facing the future and navigating change in the workplace, Alistair Ross, a mining industry expert who will discuss the role of leadership in achieving zero harm, and Dr. Michel Larivière who focuses on research regarding mental health in mining. 

Technical sessions feature presentations on the topics of mining health and safety research and innovations, emergency preparedness and mine rescue, health and safety management systems, communication technology, and occupational hazards. 

More than 30 exhibitors, including Backer Varis, Draeger Safety Canada, and the Electrical Safety Authority are participating in the one-day tradeshow.

On the final day of the conference, the Ontario Mine Contractors Safety Association presents the Safety Innovation Awards for the most innovative tools and techniques to improve mine safety, and WSN presents Workplace Excellence Awards to Ontario mining companies that have excelled in health and safety. Keynote speaker Mark Devolder wraps up the conference with a presentation on embracing change and innovation.

For more information, including full conference program, visit Mining Health and Safety Conference

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