Canadian workers report workplace stress is the primary cause of their poor mental health. These findings were released two years before COVID-19 arrived.
The 2018 report
highlights the need for greater awareness, accountability and action on workplace mental health issues, a need that has only grown. Statistics Canada estimates 40 per cent of Canadians
are able to work from home during the pandemic but a majority of essential workers stress about increased workloads, longer working hours and fear of getting infected and passing the virus to loved ones, where workplace COVID-19 safety practices are inadequate
. Those who work from home face unique stressors too such as isolation, blurred boundaries between work and family and increased risk of domestic violence.
The International Labour Organization offers guidance for Managing work-related psychosocial risks during the COVID-19 pandemic
and recommends workers and their representatives be included throughout the process.
Training to help identify and prevent work-related stress
To help workplaces address workplace mental health issues, Workers Health and Safety Centre (WHSC) is offering its three-hour Workplace Stress
program for delivery in virtual classrooms, the latest in our suite of Mental Health at Work Training
to be offered in such a manner.
This three-hour training program is designed to equip participants with information that will enable them to identify causes of workplace stress, recognize its health effects and assess and implement effective controls. They will learn strategies and tools necessary to find and implement solutions to workplace stress which also require collaboration of the workplace parties, including active participation of joint health and safety committees.
WHSC’s Workplace Stress
training is available for booking online through our virtual classroom.
More dates will be added
||January 15, 2021 1pm to 4pm
January 20, 2021 1pm to 4pm
January 29, 2021 9am to 12pm
||$75/participant (plus HST)
(Registrations are filled online on a first come first serve basis.)
with demand. Be sure to check back.
WHSC virtual classroom. Learning and safety assured.
The COVID-19 crisis presented an unprecedented challenge in terms of providing access to the WHSC’s essential and mandatory training programs.
WHSC quickly retooled our delivery model
in a way we could still ensure the integrity of our training and safety of participants and instructors
. This we achieved with our WHSC virtual classroom training
For virtual training, all that is required by the participant is a high-speed internet connection and a computer with a functioning camera and audio. When registering be sure to supply the participant’s home address,
as resource materials critical to successful participation will be shipped to this address.
Be sure to check out our complete schedule of virtual classroom training
, including Certification Part I, Part II and Refresher training. Properly trained, certified joint health and safety committee members can play a critical role in building psychologically safe and healthy workplaces and in controlling COVID-19 exposures. For this reason, we have offered JHSC Certification training
in safe, virtual classrooms throughout the pandemic and will continue to do so this winter and spring.
Beyond scheduled classes,
and where participant numbers warrant, we can also work with you to coordinate almost any of our training courses
in a virtual classroom for all workers, workplace representatives and supervisors.
Need more information still?
Call a WHSC training services representative
in your area.
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Additional related resources:
CAMH: Mental Health in Canada: Covid-19 and Beyond
Work-related stressors impact women and men differently, research finds
Personal coping not the solution for deadly work-related stress
Mental Injury Toolkit
Workplace violence and harassment resources