Diagnosis and management of work-related injuries and illnesses

Session details

Date:

Time:

1:00pm - 2:30pm

Location:

Zoom videoconferencing

Didactic presentation by:

Vincent Spilchuk

Session objectives

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

1. Define occupational illness and occupational injury
2. Evaluate a patient for a suspected occupational or environmental illness/injury
3. Outline a return-to-work plan

Session resources

Didactic presentation: Diagnosis and management of work-related injuries and illnesses
In this session, Dr. Vincent Spilchuk discusses the define occupational illness and occupational injury, how to evaluate a patient for a suspected occupational or environmental illness/injury, and how to outline a return-to-work plan
Manual handling assessment charts (the MAC tool)
The MAC tool was developed to help the user identify high-risk workplace manual handling activities and can be used to assess the risks posed by lifting, carrying and team manual handling activities. It is designed to help you understand, interpret and categorise the level of risk of the various known risk factors associated with manual handling activities. It incorporates a numerical and a colour-coding score system to highlight high-risk manual handling tasks. Source: UK Government Health and Safety Executive
Risk factors associated with pushing and pulling loads
There are a number of risk factors associated with pushing and pulling of loads, which can be categorised into Task, Individual, Load and Environment (TILE). The following are some risk factors within these categories that could contribute to a pushing and pulling related injury. You should consider these risk factors when carrying out your risk assessments. Source: Source: UK Government Health and Safety Executive
WSIB Programs of Care
Programs of Care are available for the most common musculoskeletal injuries and specific illnesses. To participate in programs of care, health care practitioners must complete the following form: Instructions for Delivering Programs of Care (POC). Source: Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)

About presenter

Dr. Vincent Spilchuk is the Residency Program Director in the Division of Occupational Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, and holds the rank of Assistant Professor.

Spilchuk is an occupational medicine subspecialist and general internal medicine specialist. He is active in clinical, consulting, and public health settings.

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