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Opioids in the Workplace: Join OHS Canada and Talent Canada for this critical discussion

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January 25, 2024
By OHS Canada

Health & Safety opioids Virtual Events

Next week, Talent Canada and OHS Canada, the nation’s leading workplace media brands, are hosting a collaborative virtual on Opioids in the Workplace, aiming to address the critical issue of opioids and substance abuse disorders in Canadian work environments.

You can reserve your free spot at https://www.talentcanada.ca/virtual-events/opioids-in-the-workplace/

The virtual event, scheduled for Jan. 31, 2024, is sponsored by PIP and is set to provide invaluable insights for business leaders, safety professionals, and HR teams across various industries.

As the opioid crisis continues to challenge communities and workplaces alike, this event emerges as a crucial platform for discussing strategies and solutions. The virtual conference will offer attendees the opportunity to learn from top experts in the field, enhancing their understanding and ability to create safer, more supportive workplaces.


The event kicks off at 1:30 p.m. ET with welcome and opening remarks by Todd Humber, senior editor of OHS Canada. Following this, the keynote session features Dr. Nancy Carnide of the Institute for Work & Health and Dr. Jeavana Sritharan of the Occupational Cancer Research Centre, who will set the stage for the day’s discussions.


At 2 p.m., a panel titled “Defining the Problem” begins, featuring Ken Brodie of Modern Niagara, Julian Toy, a Substance Abuse Professional, Vicky Waldron of the Construction Industry Rehabilitation Plan, and Gina Vahlas of the College for the Certification of Canadian Professional Ergonomists and WorkSafeBC.

This expert panel will delve into the complexities of opioids in the workplace, including identifying warning signs of overdoses and emergency response tactics.

Following a break at 2:45 p.m., the event resumes with a panel discussion at 3 p.m. focusing on “Advice for Employers.” Panelists include Lilian Riad-Allen of the LCBO, Mike Russo of WorkBright, Dr. Bill Howatt of Howatt HR, and Candace Plattor of Love With Boundaries.

This session aims to equip employers with the knowledge to support workers dealing with substance abuse, discussing recovery policies and programs.

Register today

This free event represents a significant step in addressing a pressing issue facing Canadian workplaces. By bringing together a diverse group of experts, Talent Canada and OHS Canada are providing a platform for meaningful dialogue and practical solutions.

For more information, and to reserve your free spot, visit https://www.talentcanada.ca/virtual-events/opioids-in-the-workplace/


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