4322.1 What Strategies Help Workers Win Effective Health and Safety Changes?

Tuesday, November 6, 2007: 4:30 PM
It's one thing to know what needs to be changed to improve health and safety in your workplace. It's another thing to get those changes. Yes, it makes a difference if you're in a unionised environment. But the “how” is still difficult. Whether it's public health in general or worker's occupational health and safety in particular, strategies (the how to) and solutions (the goals) are often confused. How do we separate them? What's the place for economic arguments? How do you build a “case”? Who should be involved and how? This is an opportunity for health and safety activists, popular labour educators, and those working with them, to brainstorm and learn about the experience of others in pressing for health and safety changes. Participants will share and practice using specific tools, methods and processes in facilitated small group discussions and demonstrations. Examples will come from Canadian and U.S. experiences. At the end of the workshop/discussion, participants will list other resources and strategies that may be useful in developing “the case” for meaningful preventive health and safety solutions.
Session Objectives: Discuss the difference between solutions and strategies, and their importance for successful prevention of occupational health and safety hazards; Practice using several strategies and tactics from amongst those presented; Analyse the strategies for effectiveness and “lessons” to apply elsewhere; and List other resources and strategies for preventive health and safety changes.

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What strategies help workers win effective health and safety changes?
Dorothy Wigmore, Nancy Lessin, BA MS, Jonathan Rosen, MPH, CIH, Robin Baker, MPH, Peter Dooley, MS, CIH, CSP, Luis Vasquez and Joseph Zanoni, MILR

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Organized by: Occupational Health and Safety

CE Credits: CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing