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Occupational Health and Safety Challenges for the Mobile Workforce: Policy and Practice

Human Resources, Occupational Health & Safety
130 1hr
Occupational health and safety regulation and systems in Canada were designed with a sedentary workforce in mind.

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This webinar will:

  1. Present key findings from a program of research on employment-related geographical mobility (E-RGM) in the Canadian context looking at its impact on the effectiveness of occupational health and safety (OHS) legislation in a selection of Canadian provinces.
  2. Distinguish challenges for the protection of the health of workers who are engaged in E-RGM, including those engaged in a long daily commute, intraprovincial and interprovincial workers and temporary foreign workers in Canada or Canadian workers engaged in work outside of Canada.
  3. Examine the OHS challenges that arise in four aspects of workers’ lives: getting to work, at work, living at work and living at home.

Take-home messages:

  • Some of the hazards to which members of the mobile workforce are exposed are not addressed by our current regulatory frameworks.
  • We found that many of these workers are invisible to regulators because of the mobility associated with their work, and that prevention strategies need to be adapted to the reality of mobile work.

Learning Outcomes

Mobile workers are exposed to multiple hazards while getting to work yet these hazards are not on the radar of regulators;
Some mobile workers are obliged to live at or near their workplace for extended periods of time, and this raises new health and safety challenges;
Multiple jurisdictions overlap in the regulation of some of these workers;
Health and safety inspectorates and health and safety committees need to adapt their practices when workers are engaged in E-RGM.

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