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“This program has been accredited for a Maximum of 2.5 CEUs (1 CEU/hour) by Continuing Pharmacy Education, College of Pharmacy, Dalhousie University file number CED-2017-274”



The objective for our OHS Pharmacy Symposium is: to challenge Nova Scotia Pharmacists, OHS professionals and employers to improve Pharmacy Workplace Safety in a concerted and integrated effort with WCB NS to reduce injury and the toll those injuries place on workers, employers, industry and community.



Agenda Items/Presenter Bios:


Pharmacy Ergonomics


  • Laura graduated from Dalhousie University in 2011 with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and from Saint Mary’s University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Since commencing her career with CBI Health Group in 2011, Laura has developed extensive experience in Return to Work Planning, Functional Restoration Programs, Functional Testing, Ergonomic Assessment and Implementation and Concussion Assessment and Treatment. Most recently Laura has obtained training in Vestibular Therapy assessment and treatment, as well as Cognitive Rehabilitation. She is a member of the College of Occupational Therapists of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Society of Occupational Therapists, and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and is registered to practice in Nova Scotia. Laura can be found at the CBI Health-Portland Centre in downtown Dartmouth and would be happy to help you
    with any concerns you might have.


Return to Work


  • Dr. Paul Eagan is the chief medical officer for the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia. After obtaining his medical degree from the University of Calgary, he did additional post graduate training in Alberta and in the United States. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and has certification in occupational medicine from the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Prior to his current position with WCB, he was a medical officer and occupational medicine/public health specialist in the Canadian Armed Forces with deployments to the Middle East and Afghanistan. He has extensive clinical experience from his time in private medical practice in Alberta, Yukon and New Brunswick.


Robbery/Violence Prevention


  • Louise is a public sector administrator with over 20 years of experience and demonstrated leadership in the prevention of illness and injury, the protection of health and the promotion of wellness. Louise currently works full time as a workplace consultant with the WCB, working with organizations to reduce the human and financial toll of workplace injury. Prior to moving to Nova Scotia, Louise managed health, wellness and safety for a large school board in Ontario where she developed, and implemented numerous policies, procedures, programs and guidelines to address safety hazards. Most recently, Louise is proud to have been a contributing committee member in the development of Steps for Safety – Workplace Violence Prevention Program. This program will assist Employers to ensure a comprehensive violence prevention plan is developed workplace violence risk factors are minimized. Louise’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Science (McMaster University); Masters Degree in Public Policy, Administration and Law (York University); Certificate of H&S (Conestoga College) and in 2003 she attained her CRSP designation.


Hazardous Medications


  • Dr. Cheryl Peters completed both her masters and PhD in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene from the University of British Columbia. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow and Instructor at Carleton University, where she teaches epidemiology and has several research programs aimed at reducing cancer burden in occupational settings. She is an Affiliated Scientist of the Occupational Cancer Research Centre, and at the Canadian Health Adaptations, Innovations and Mobilization Centre, which focuses on interdisciplinary research and science communications. For the past 10 years, she has led the CAREX Canada program on estimating the prevalence and level of exposure to known and suspected occupational carcinogens.


LAE: Duties & regulations under the Act, Reporting requirements, common orders in Pharmacy


  • Shelley graduated from Dalhousie in the chemical engineering, after which she attended McGill University for post graduate studies in Occupational Hygiene. This discipline is involved in anticipating, recognizing, evaluating and controlling health hazards in the working environment with the objective of protecting worker health and well-being. She has since worked for the Nova Scotia government for over 30 years within Health and Safety. Some of her responsibilities include directing clients in accomplishing compliance with the Act and regulations. This involves inspecting workplaces to identify potential health hazards, evaluate controls and recommend mitigation measures, such as administrative procedures, engineering designs, ventilation systems, personal protective equipment, training and safe work practices. She also provides expertise, advice and guidance on issues of workplace health hazards. She is a member of the Federal WHMIS committees for a number of years, involved in legislative changes and policy.



The learning objectives for our OHS Pharmacy Symposium are as follows:


  • Understand the importance of ergonomics in the work place.
  • Identify ergonomic risks.
  • Be aware of the challenges returning injured employees back to their full duties in a safety sensitive roll.
  • Understand best practices in returning injured employees back to a pharmacy environment.
  • Have an understanding of the role of the pharmacy team in educating and promoting a safe and productive work environment.
  • Understand the affects a robbery or violence can have on an employee, department, and location.
  • Identify hazards and risks for a robbery and/or violence in the workplace.
  • Recognize necessary control measures for mitigate the risks of robbery and/or violence in the work place.
  • Know the hazards and risks of working with hazardous medications.
  • Describe how to identify potentially hazardous medications.
  • Understand the importance of protecting workers in a pharmacy environment to hazardous medications.
  • Comprehend knowledge of OHS Act.
  • Define the duties of pharmacy employees, supervisors, managers and employers under the OHS Act.
  • Identify OHS Regulations applicable to the pharmacy industry.
  • Be aware of statistics regarding the types of orders within the Pharmacy industry.
  • Understand what to expect when a WCB Officer visits.




Please Note: Lunch will not be provided. Tea and Coffee will be available.


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