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Occupational Disease - Are you in the know?
Tuesday, September 25, 2012

ST. JOHN’S – ‘Talk on the Rock’, a three-day conference focusing on the prevention of known occupational diseases, is scheduled for  the Delta St. John’s Hotel and Conference Centre from October 1-3, 2012.

The mandate of this event is to advance the occupational health and safety agenda by connecting science with the workplace, enabling a clearer understanding of known occupational diseases, the prevention of them and the roles and responsibilities of all workplace employers and employees.

The conference is being promoted in partnership by the Canadian Occupational Health Nurses Association (OCHNA), the Association of Occupational Health Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador (AOHNNL) and the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission (WHSCC).

“Between 2003 and 2010, there were 112 occupational disease-related deaths reported in Newfoundland and Labrador,” says WHSCC CEO Leslie Galway. “Preventing workplace injuries, illnesses and occupational disease is everyone’s responsibility, and education and awareness are keys to prevention.”

“Through knowledge is the power to prevent, protect and promote the health of our families, employees and the general public,” says Pamela Wells, President of the AOHNNL.  “We are encouraging participants at this conference to utilize a team approach to promote the awareness and prevention of known occupational diseases.”

While occupational disease is broad, multi-factorial, often involving long latency periods, the work being carried out today to promote awareness will have a large impact on preventing the occupational diseases of tomorrow.

The October conference will feature a variety of speakers, with keynotes by occupational disease experts: Dr. Chris Martin, Dr. John R. Martin, Dr. Suzanne Arnold and Dr. Ian Arnold.  Some of the topics being presented include: Disease and the Workplace: It Really is a Matter of Prevention, Occupational Disease in Canada and International Trends, Psychological Health and Safety , and the Occupational Health Nurse’s Role in the Prevention of Occupational Disease.  There will also be a dramatic performance by Mikaela Dyke from her play ‘Dying Hard’, portraying several residents from the Town of St. Lawrence.

This dynamic event will be of significance to health and safety professionals, occupational nurses, physicians, industrial hygienists, occupational health and safety committee members, worker health and safety representatives/designates, employers, workers, industry safety associations, unions, training providers, researchers, and students specializing in occupational health.

For further details on the conference, including how to register, visit: http://www.mccarthysparty.com/,
or contact Pamela Wells at: 777-3181,
Kelly Nichols at: 739-6022 or
Cathy Dormody at: 737-5238.



Kathy Dicks-Peyton, ABC
Manager of Communications and Event Planning
Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission
778-1566 or 689-9279
Email: kpeyton@whscc.nl.ca

NOTE:  The media is invited to attend the sessions and luncheons, and all speakers are available for interviews. A conference agenda and keynote speaker biographies are attached.  

Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission
146-148 Forest Road • St. John’s • NL • A1A 3B8
Telephone (709) 778-1000 •1-800-563-9000

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