Deputy Mayor Taylor to kick off workshop on healthy workplaces

Ottawa – Deputy Mayor Mark Taylor, member of the Ottawa Board of Health, will join Michael Abromeit of the Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS) and Nitika Rewari of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) to open the first workshop for Ottawa businesses on the new Implementation Guide of the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.

Date: Monday, March 23, 2015
Time: 9 a.m. – Opening remarks by Deputy Mayor Mark Taylor and Michael Abromeit, Regional Director, WSPS
Location: Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Avenue, Building T, Room T102 A&B

Photo and media availability at 9:15 a.m.
Parking available on site

Ottawa Public Health, in partnership with WSPS and the MHCC, will be hosting the one-day workshop to help workplaces implement the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. Participants will learn how to use the newly released Implementation Guide. As well, a guest panel of workplaces participating in the MHCC’s case study project will share their experiences in adopting the Standard.

Guest speakers include:
Andrew Harkness, Strategy Advisor, Organizational Health Initiatives, WSPS; and member of the Technical Committee on the Psychological Health and Safety Standard in the Workplace
Nitika Rewari, M.Sc., PMP, Program Manager for Workplace Mental Health, Prevention and Promotion Initiatives at the MHCC
Guest panel participants from Ontario Shores and Via Rail

Mental health in the workplace is an important health concern and fiscal responsibility for any organization or business.

Each week, 500,000 Canadians miss work because of a mental health problem or illness.

In 2013, the MHCC, the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ), and the Canadian Standard Association (CSA) released the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace to provide a framework for creating and maintaining psychologically safe and healthy workplaces.

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