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NLCSA's Conference & Internal Auditor Workshop

February 26 & 27, 2020

The NLCSA is pleased to be hosting its Health and Safety Conference and, for the first time, an Internal Auditor Workshop on February 26 & 27, 2020, at the Signal Hill Campus, St. John's.  And, also, for the first time, we are excited to offer live streaming of our Conference so that geography is no longer a barrier to the important information we want you to hear! 

Our theme is Safety Superheroes: Unmasked!, which speaks to the every day heroes who champion safety in the workplace.  We know there are many of you out there and we want you to join us at this event to celebrate and enhance our mutual commitment to health and safety!



Sponsorship Opportunities


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Mates Helping Mates: Construction Worker Suicide Prevention

Jorgen Gullestrup, CEO & Founder of Mates in Construction

This session will share the important and successful work being done, in Australia, with a Program called Mates Helping Mates (MATES).  CEO and Founder of Mates in Construction, a charity to reduce the high level of suicide among construction workers, will tell delegates why “suicide is everyone’s business” and, if the construction industry wants to improve the mental health and wellbeing of workers and to reduce the suicide rate, it cannot be left to the mental health professionals.  Industry must play their part. 

The MATES Program uses training as a tool to raise awareness and look at the issue and its contributing factors so that the industry can be a part of the solution.  Support is provided through clear pathways and access to the appropriate help and an onsite presence of field officers.  This is one presentation that is too important to miss!

Where's the Supervisor?  Who is Running the Show?

Sandy Ash, Manager, OHS Management System Integrated, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services

A good supervisor wears many hats: coach, mentor, employee and employer advocate, production coordinator, HR liaison and health and safety specialist.  It’s a big job requiring this “super human” to be in all places at the same time, so who is really running the show?  This session will help you to understand the daily challenges of this role and help you become a more effective supervisor. 

Following that, we will have a panel of local, industry supervisors to dig deeper into the different roles and share their expert experience:

The Importance of Workplace Fatigue Management for OHS

Dr. Farrell Cahill, Lead Researcher for Horizons Occupational Health Solutions

Fatigue can present a significant risk in the everyday operations of safety-sensitive work. High levels of fatigue can cause both physical and mental impairments similar to that of alcohol intoxication. The importance of fatigue management is very often overlooked and underestimated.  It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that all employees work within a safe environment and, therefore, it is the responsibility of employers to encourage that their workers are getting adequate sleep, have adequate rests and/or break periods throughout the day, and are well hydrated. It is also important that employers implement fatigue management programs into their policies and procedures. This talk will clearly define fatigue, discuss the various causes and provide various modalities to help employers manage fatigue, in order to increase workplace health and safety. 

Professional Qualifications vs. Being Competent

Darren Stratton, Labour & Employment Practice Group Leader, McInnes Cooper

While safety training is imperative in being qualified in your job, competency and training are not necessarily synonymous.  The authenticity of the training, familiarity of duties, a proven track record of working safely, a positive attitude, communication and observation are also key factors.  This session will take a look at this issue from a legal perspective and also provide relevant case law around it.

Harry Houdini: Public Daredevil - Secret Safety Pioneer

Bruce MacNab, Author & Injured Worker

What can we learn about safety from the legendary escape artist, Harry Houdini? Award-winning Houdini biographer, Bruce MacNab, has spent a lifetime researching the life and times of Houdini. While reviewing Houdini’s personal correspondence, he discovered the famous magician lived by a strict safety code he called the Rules of Conduct.  Hear how Houdini suffered countless performance accidents while pioneering his profession how he learned from his mistakes and adjusted his safety protocol accordingly.  MacNab reveals how a number of Houdini’s seemingly treacherous stunts were actually controlled experiments that resulted in improved safety for divers and miners, earning secret recognition from both the US Bureau of Mines and the US Armed Forces.  And, learn the one and only magic trick Houdini refused to perform because of his safety concerns and how overlooked hazards ultimately caused his tragic death at the age of fifty-two.


Introduction to the New Audit Tool/Company-in-a-Box

In January 2020, the NLCSA will launch a new COR™ Audit tool.  In this plenary session, we will show delegates the significant changes in the new tool and they will have a opportunity to take it for a test drive in the NLCSA’s well known “Company-in-a-Box” activity.

How to Prepare for an Audit (Pre-Audit & Close-Out)

We will review the Audit process and participants will discuss effective Audit preparation and close-out practices that include tools  to assist with documentation, interviews and observations.

In-Depth Review of Old vs. New Audit Instrument

This session will take participants, step-by-step, through the differences between the old Audit document and the new.

Common Mistakes

This session will review the common mistakes that could delay the processing of your Internal Audit or even have it returned to you.  Participants will learn how to avoid these errors.

Developing Your Action Plan & Preparing Your Submission

Once the Internal Audit has been completed, the organization must develop an action plan to address any deficiencies identified. In this session, participants will learn to develop a practical action plan that follows “S.M.A.R.T” principles and how to prepare your Audit submission.

Documentation Standards

This session will review the minimum COR™ standards for the most commonly requested safety documentation, including hazard assessments, inspections, incident investigations, preventative maintenance, and more.  We will also look at some of the most common mistakes that our auditors see when reviewing paperwork.

ESRTW Programs for Large PRIME Employers

This is intended for large PRIME assessment employers.  The new Audit tool contains a more detailed assessment of Return-to-Work (RTW) programs.  The good news is that this will now meet PRIME requirements for your RTW Program evaluations.