Prevention is the Best Medicine (a toolkit, 2011)
The toolkit is designed to help settlement services staff provide newcomers with information on the occupational health and safety and workers’ compensation systems in Ontario. The need for such a toolkit was demonstrated in a 2011 study by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) that explored the experiences of immigrants who had been injured on the job. The study found that injured newcomers had little knowledge about their occupational health and safety rights and responsibilities, or about the workers' compensation system. IWH then conducted a national scan of online safety resources for recent immigrants. It found few that were focused on health and safety or workers' compensation.
In the wake of these findings, IWH developed this toolkit to
fill help fill this information gap.
The toolkit contains everything needed to deliver
instructional sessions on these two separate, but related, topics within an
Ontario context. Included are sample lesson plans and slide show presentations
for workshop leaders, as well as handouts for participating newcomers.
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