Essential workers suffer stress from increased exposure to the coronavirus and some also experience violence from clients and customers who resist COVID safety protocols.
Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC) is helping workplaces address these significant issues and other related, long-standing hazards that confront workers by scheduling two popular training programs in our virtual classrooms — Psychosocial Hazards and Workplace Mental Health, as well as Workplace Violence and Harassment
According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Canada was already in the midst of a mental health crisis
before the COVID-19 pandemic began. The need for workplace interventions
which will combat psychosocial hazards
and lead to better working conditions are long overdue they say.
The same is true for workplace violence and harassment
. The pandemic has intensified this widespread hazard leading the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue guidance
to prevent workplace violence associated with the implementation of COVID-19 prevention policies in the retail and service sector.
Meeting employer obligations. Improving working conditions.
WHSC’s new Psychosocial Hazards and Workplace Mental Health
is the latest in our suite of Mental Health at Work Training
. It examines the workplace as a source of potential mental injury and illness, but also as the best place to seek lasting solutions
to workplace psychosocial hazards.
WHSC’s Workplace Violence and Harassment
training will help workplaces understand and address the high incidence of workplace violence and harassment and meet legal requirements. Ontario employers must develop policies and programs
on workplace harassment and violence and provide all workers with information and instruction
on the content of both.
Beyond achieving legal requirements both programs will help all in the workplace meet their goals of bolstering workplace prevention and comprehensive COVID safety plans
Both of these popular programs are available for booking online through our virtual classroom.
More dates will be added
with demand. Be sure to check back.
WHSC virtual classroom. Learning and safety assured.
The COVID-19 crisis presented an unprecedented challenge in terms of providing access to the WHSC’s essential and mandatory training programs.
WHSC quickly retooled our delivery model
in a way we could still ensure the integrity of our training and safety of participants and instructors
. This we achieved with our WHSC virtual classroom training
For virtual classroom training, all that is required by the participant is a high-speed internet connection and a computer with a functioning camera and audio. When registering be sure to supply the participant’s home address,
as resource materials critical to successful participation will be shipped to this address.
Be sure to check out our complete schedule of virtual classroom training
, including Certification Part I, Part II and Refresher training. Properly trained, certified joint health and safety committee members can play a critical role in building physically and
psychologically safe and healthy workplaces and in controlling COVID-19 exposures. For this reason we have offered JHSC Certification training
in safe, virtual classrooms throughout the pandemic and will continue to do so this fall and winter.
Beyond scheduled classes,
and where participant numbers warrant, we can also work with you to coordinate almost any of our training courses
in a virtual classroom for all workers, workplace representatives and supervisors.
Need more information still?
Call a WHSC training services representative
in your area.
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Additional related WHSC resources:
COVID precautions protect workers’ physical and mental health, study
Workplace violence and harassment resources