Current Issues in Mental Health in Canada: The Federal Role in Mental Health.
Jane Sleeth, author of the Carswell Publication on Psychological and Mental Health in the Workplace, will be guest speaker at the upcoming Davis LLP full day conference in Toronto ON. Jane of Optimal Performance Consultants will hold a group discussion abut Mental Health in the Workplace including Federal, CSA and Private Industry initiatives which are trying to impact rates and impacts of mental health in the workplace.
To learn more contact Karen Bock at what will be a full day (May 2014) of real expertise which can be applied in the workplace in realistic ways.
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8 Reasons Why You Should Definitely Take That Lunch Break | Fast Company | Business + Innovation. This was an excellent and popular article in the news all of this week. I bring this to your attention readers as we have been talking about the use of micro-breaks in the office for years. We emphasize the use of standing breaks, use of the stairs and going for walks for a few reasons such as unloading the discs of the spine, enhancing circulation to the muscles of the neck and arms. We have also talked about the requirement to move more to prevent DVT’s in the legs and to improve lung function. One thing which we have discussed in the past is the mental & cognitive benefits of standing up from your seated postures and walking at a good pace during lunch. Turns out the neurologists who use F-MRI scans are now able to show the large changes in brain activity following a simple 20 minute walk and break from your mental activity. At Optimal our Ergonomic and Kinesiology team cannot think of any more reasons to stand more often at work and take walks or exercise during lunch. Ask us how we can assist in setting up effective ergonomic programs in your workplace at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Tagged brain function, breaks help the brain, cognition, cognitive function, compliance, Ergonomic, Ergonomics, Health, health at work, Human factors, Jane Sleeth, JESleeth, OPC Inc, Optimal Performance, standing at work, walking at work, walking programs
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AODA Compliance – Compliance Reports are due this year 2014By December 31, 2014, private sector employers with at least 50 employees in Ontario, must file a report with the Ministry of Community an…
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AODA Compliance – Multi-Year Compliance Reports are due this year 2014. Contact AODA@optimalperformance.ca re our Suite of Services available from Policy development, to training, accessible website design and Ontario Build Code assessments.
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Many private companies in Ontario are now starting to request Built Environment Assessments as per the new OBC & ABES Dec 2013. It is important to be cognizant of using properly trained & educated experts in this area as this encompasses architectural degrees, the Ontario Build Code experts who are certified to use the tool (OPC Inc has Interior Designers who are expert on the OBC, ABES), Human Factors specialists, & contractors who are able to provide correct & accurate costing of the elements which are found to be required to be added.
There are currently 3-4 companies in Ontario who are qualified & certified to provide OBC ABES Assessments. OPC Inc is one of them.
Buyer beware but we request that employers, building owners and managers be educated about who is providing these services and if they can protect your company from erroneous findings or liabilities.
Optimal Performance has all of these experts on our team & all report to Colleges and therefore have to maintain high standards. We protect the interests of the employers, property managers, building owners and facility managers with whom we work. Can other firms guarantee this before they commence their audits and assessments? Make sure you ask these questions before proceeding.
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Tagged ABES, Accessible Built Environment, ADA, AODA, Auditors, Certified OBC expert, Cheryl GIraudy, Design, Human factors, IASR, JESleeth, Multi-Year Plans, OBC, Ontario Build Code, OPC, OPC Inc, Optimal Performance
Not compliant with AODA? Ignore compliance audit notice at your peril.
Only 30% of companies in Ontario are compliant with the AODA’s CSS with even fewer private companies aware of their requirements for the IASR.
At Optimal we would like companies to think less about compliance and more about the economic benefits to their own profits and the Ontario economy in hiring PwD and ensuring access to their goods and services.
Want to learn more about these economic benefits and ROI? Read about this topic at optimalperformanceblog.com or plan on attending another of our Seminars co-sponsored by Herman Miller Canada. Contact us to sign up AODA@optimalperformance.ca