Register Now: 2019 ONA Health and Safety Caucus

March 18, 2019

Registration is now open for the 2019 ONA Health and Safety Caucus: Work Hurts! Help is on the Way –Introducing the New MSD Guidelines.

MSDs continue to be the leading cause of workplace injuries and illnesses for ONA members. In 2018, the Ministry of Labour funded the Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD) to develop the new guideline (resource manual) and a MSD Prevention Tool Box, both which can be found at It was a multi-stakeholder initiative including workers, unions, employers, sector associations, Ministry of Labour (MOL), ergonomists, health and safety consultants, and researchers. The new guideline helps employers and workers to understand and recognize MSD hazards, conduct an MSD risk assessment, choose and implement MSD hazard controls and conduct an evaluation.

At the caucus, Brenda Mallat, a Canadian certified professional ergonomist with the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW), and ONA staff, will facilitate an understanding of how the guideline and tools can assist ONA health and safety leaders in preventing MSDs. In addition, we will have a health and safety legal panel and strategy session regarding MOL inspections. The legal panel will feature Colin Johnson, an Ontario labour arbitrator, and Nicole Butt, ONA’s Senior Legal Advisor.


Pre-registration for the Health and Safety Caucus education day is required to ensure that sufficient refreshments, lunches and materials are available. All members are requested to register for the Caucus online this year. If you require Local funding to attend, please ensure you speak to your Local Coordinator for pre-approval.

Note: Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis due to limited space.

To Register: ONA Members - Click here to register

Dates and locations for the 2019 Health and Safety Caucus education day are as follows:

If you are unable to go to the Health and Safety Caucus in your region you can attend a Health and Safety Caucus in a different region (Please seek approval from your Local Coordinator as this may incur extra costs to your local.) 

Region 1: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 The Senator Hotel (14 Mountjoy St S, Timmins, ON, P4N 1S4, 705-267-6211)

Region 2: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Ramada Trenton Hotel (99 Glen Miller Road, Trenton, ON, K8V 5P8, 613-394-4855)

Region 3: Thursday, May 23, 2019 Central YMCA - Toronto (20 Grosvenor St, Toronto, ON, M4Y 2V5, 416-975-9168)

Region 4: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Courtyard by Marriott Hamilton (1224 Upper James Street, Hamilton, ON, L9C 3B1, 905-383-7772)

Region 5: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Arden Park Hotel - Stratford (552 Ontario Street, Stratford, ON, N5A 6W4, 519-275-2936)