Engaging with the WSIB/insurance systems 1

Session details



12:00pm - 1:30pm


Zoom videoconferencing

Didactic presentation by:

Aaron Thompson

Session objectives

At the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Explain what the WSIB is and how it functions  

  1. Describe the role of health-care providers in the workers’ compensation system 

  1. Effectively complete Form 8s for your patients 

Session resources

Workplace rights
You have the right to be treated fairly at work, to work in a safe and healthy workplace, to be trained to deal with workplace hazards, and to join a trade union. It’s the law. Those, and other rights, are protected by the Employment Standards Act (ESA), the Pay Equity Act (PEA), the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the Labour Relations Act (LRA). Source: Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development
Didactic presentation: Engaging with the WSIB/insurance systems 1
In this presentation, Dr. Aaron Thompson explains what the WSIB is and how it functions, describes the role of health-care providers in the workers’ compensation system, and how to effectively complete Form 8s for your patients.
Doxylamine/pyridoxine (Xonvea) for treating nausea and vomiting of pregnancy
This evidence review considers a combination product containing doxylamine and pyridoxine (Xonvea, Alliance Pharmaceuticals; Diclectin in Canada), which received a marketing authorisation for treating nausea and vomiting of pregnancy in July 2018 in the UK. Source: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
Guarding minds at work
Guarding Minds at Work helps employers identify and measure employee experience with psychosocial factors known to have a powerful impact on organizational health, the health of individual employees, and the financial bottom line. Guarding Minds was commissioned in 2007 by Canada Life Assurance Company and continues to be supported by Workplace Strategies for Mental Health. It is hosted by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety who are responsible for preserving the confidentiality of data collected. It was originally developed by experienced research-practitioners from the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Source: Guarding minds at work
Policy on preventing discrimination because of pregnancy and breastfeeding: Employment
Protection against discrimination in employment extends to all aspects of the employment relationship, from the recruitment and selection process, through all the various aspects of the working relationship, to the termination of the employment. Employment includes full-time work, part-time work, volunteer work, student internships, special employment programs, probationary employment, and temporary or contract work. Source: Ontario Human Right Commission.
Postpartum depression risk factors: A narrative review
Ghaedrahmati M, Kazemi A, Kheirabadi G, Ebrahimi A, Bahrami M. Postpartum depression risk factors: A narrative review. J Educ Health Promot. 2017 Aug 9;6:60. doi: 10.4103/jehp.jehp_9_16.
UK Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for pregnant employees
This guidance on COVID-19 for pregnant employees is applicable in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Source: UK Government Health and Safety Executive
Workers Health & Safety Centre: Night work and long hours unhealthy for pregnant workers, says research
In this article, new research and an updated literature review provide mounting evidence of the link between working at night or long hours and adverse pregnancy outcomes. Source: Workers Health & Safety Centre.

About presenter

Dr. Aaron Thompson, an occupational medicine specialist, is the chief medical officer of the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). He is also an assistant professor in the Faculty of Medicine with a cross-appointment to the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and a former director of the Occupational Medicine Residency Training Program at the University of Toronto. His clinical practice is based at St. Michael’s Hospital, where he is a staff physician in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health.

Thompson conducts research in both clinical occupational medicine and disability management, with a focus on improving return-to-work (RTW) programs. He brings specialized expertise by providing a clinical perspective on the needs/gaps in existing communication and accommodation tools, and by providing input on how to optimize tools to facilitate effective and sustained work/RTW through effective accommodations that minimize and prevent disability.

Case presentations

Most of the learning in ECHO happens through presenting and discussing case presentations. If you have a case you would like to present, please submit a completed case presentation form to the ECHO OEM project coordinator.

Physicians presenting a case may bill OHIP for case conferences (billing codes K707 or K701).