Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Please note all times listed are Newfoundland Standard Time.

10:00 - 12:45


1:00 - 1:30

Official Opening

To include President’s Annual Report

1:30 - 2:30
Keynote Address

Mike Wahl

Keynote Address

Today we face complex challenges that impact the health and well-being of our workers. These factors include the remote nature of our working environments, shift work, fatigue, mental health challenges, and rising rates of obesity – stemming from poor lifestyle, shifts in the age demographics of workforces, and a rise in automation leading to sedentary jobs. These factors may predispose workers to becoming susceptible to long-term disability, injury, or incident. This presentation highlights case studies and novel doctoral scientific research from heavy industry. Dr. Wahl will illustrate the role of basic lifestyle intervention, injury prevention education, and improving worker physical capacity and health literacy as an effective means of reducing the risk of illness and injury and their associated costs to organizations both financially and operationally.


NLOHSA – Annual General Meeting

1. Review Minutes 2021 AGM

2. Business arising

3. New business

4. Report of nomination committee

5. Election of officers

6. Adjournment

3:00 - 4:30

Exhibitors’ Reception

Delegates are invited to visit the exhibitors’ booths


Networking Social (Kahoot/Open Mic)

Quality Hotel, Salon A

Thursday, May 12, 2022

9:00 - 9:10

Safety Moment, Announcements & Door Prizes

9:10 - 10:00
Emergency Preparedness

Colin LeGrow

Emergency Preparedness

In this session Colin will go beyond high angle and confined space rescue to discuss how effective emergency response contributes to improved safety performance and a confident productive workforce.  Included are emergency response plans and coordination, practical emergency response risk assessment, hazard identification, working effectively with outside agencies and effective rescue team feedback.

10:00 - 10:25

Coffee & Viewing of Exhibits (stretch break)

10:30 - 11:15
Evolution of the Safety Role

Roy Foster

Evolution of the Safety Role

What is your interpretation of the role of a safety professional at current state? Has it stayed the same throughout your working life or has it changed over the years? Roy is going to take us on a journey of how the Safety Role has evolved over the years. From the early days all the way through to where we are today. 

11:20 - 12:05
Threads of Life

Alex Tuff

Threads of Life

A serious injury or death that happens in the workplace may show up in the news for a day or two, but then the news and the world quickly move on. Such a workplace tragedy effects not just the worker, but the close and extended family, friends, community, and co-workers. In 2013 Alex Tuff’s life was permanently and profoundly altered by a workplace tragedy. Alex will describe what happened and the impact the tragedy has had on his family. He delivers a profoundly moving reminder of why workplace safety is so important. Alex is a member of the Threads of Life volunteer speaker’s bureau. Threads of Life helps families affected by a workplace fatality, life-altering injury or occupational disease along their journey of healing.

12:05 - 1:15


Served in the main lobby  

1:20 - 2:15
ATV Awareness

Darrin Dunphy

ATV Awareness

Darrin will speak on Off-Road Vehicle safety in general and will include information on the new changes to the Off-Road Vehicle regulations, as well he will touch on requirements under the OHS regulations.

2:15 - 3:15
Move Well to Prevent Back Injury

Cherylee Osborne

Move Well to Prevent Back Injury

Every year in NL, on average, there are 981 work-related back injuries? As the number one part of body injured, back injuries equate to an annual payout of approximately $45 million in claims costs each year by WorkplaceNL. Join MSI Prevention Advisor, Cheryl Osborne for an interactive session in posture, body mechanics and lifting techniques, where you will learn practical preventative strategies to keep your back healthy for life.

3:15 – 3:40

Coffee and Viewing of Exhibits (stretch break)

3:45 – 4:30
What is the Role of the OHS Committee?

Panel Discussion

What is the Role of the OHS Committee?

OHS Committees are often referred to as the center of an employer’s health and safety program. They contribute to healthy and safe workplaces by continuously monitoring and supporting health and safety. But what makes a great OHS Committee? The panel will explore practical components of successful OHS Committees and the role they play.


Reception – Cash Bar (Quality Hotel)


NLOHSA Annual Dinner (Quality Hotel)

- After Dinner Entertainment  

- Dance to follow

Friday, May 13, 2022

9:00 - 9:10

Safety Moment, Announcements and Door Prizes

9:10 - 9:45
Impact Speaker

Jamie Curtis

Impact Speaker

Jamie will talk about working, managing people, and enjoying life while having depression and general anxiety disorder. Jamie's presentation talks about how he has dealt with and overcome the perceived obstacles associated with mental health. 

9:45 – 10:00

Coffee (stretch break)

10:05 – 10:45
Hazard Assessment

Rick Donato

Hazard Assessment

We all can relate to the crazy amount of paperwork generated in our day to day – particularly as it pertains to Hazard Assessments. Despite all of this paperwork, we still find gaps in identifying hazards in the workplace. This session will identify some challenges we have and some ideas to fill these gaps.

10:45 – 11:30
Creating Safe, Respectful and Inclusive Workplaces

Lisa Birmingham

Creating Safe, Respectful and Inclusive Workplaces

In today's work environment, the words respect, harassment, discrimination and inclusion are often used without clear understanding. This presentation will focus on topics relating to discrimination and harassment in the workplace, with particular focus not just on an employee's physical safety but also their psychological safety. Lisa will discuss the benefits of safe and respectful workplaces and ways that employers and employees can work together to create and maintain a respectful and inclusive work environment.


Closing Remarks and Door Prize Draw

Kevin Fisher, President

Main Door Prize will be drawn at the conference closing on Friday, May 13, 2022. Winner must be a Registered Delegate and in attendance to claim. 

*Please note: While the portal will be accessible 30 days after the conference, it is not guaranteed that recordings of the sessions will be viewable. Many speakers consider their talks intellectual property. It is up to them if they want to add any parts of their session to the portal to be accessible after viewing.