OHS Supporting Employees With Disabilities

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  Alberta Government OHS Alberta Government OHS

Focus on Disabilities in the Workplace

Service dogs at workplaces The Alberta government is launching new decals that businesses, schools and workplaces can display in their windows to help welcome service dogs and their owners. Watch the video about service dogs. Read the short article.

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Community Disability Services Staff Safety Toolkit
The entire purpose of this document is to build organizational capacity for service providers to enhance the skills, knowledge and safety of staff supporting individuals with developmental disabilities.

Alberta Disability Workers Association Alberta Disability Workers Association

Alberta Disability Workers AssociationAlberta Disability Workers Association
Over 10,000 disability workers in Alberta are united by the common goal of providing support that enables people with disabilities to have the highest quality of life possible as part of their communities. ADWA exists to build recognition of the professionalism of those who work in this field and help them build careers that are supported by relevant education and enhanced certification process based on recognized core competency standards. ADWA advocates for fair compensation for workers in the disability sector and for government regulations that support fair treatment, health and safety of disability workers.

Alberta Human Rights Commission Alberta Human Rights Commission

Mental or physical disabilities and discrimination
A printable PDF version of this information sheet is available. The Alberta Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on physical and mental disabilities.

Duty to accommodate
This interpretive bulletin provides information for people who: are required to accommodate individuals in accordance with human rights legislation; need accommodation; and are involved in the application of human rights law. The information is intended to: increase understanding of what accommodation means; increase awareness about the duty to accommodate; and assist in the development of effective policies and procedures. The situations described in this bulletin are examples only. If you require more detailed or individualized information on the topic of accommodation, please contact the Alberta Human Rights Commission.

Albertas Workers Health Centre Albertas Workers Health Centre

Resources for Workplace Accommodations

Duty To Accommodate in the Workplace Alberta Human Rights Commission Bulletin pdf

Medical Information Bulletin
How much medical information do you need to provide your employer? This explanation and forms from the Alberta Human Rights Commission will help you obtaining proper medical information to use for return to work situations.

American Red Cross American Red Cross

Being Prepared Means Planning Ahead Emergencies can happen at a moment's notice. Mobility problems and hearing, learning, or seeing disabilities can add complication. It is important to plan ahead so you are better prepared for any urgent situation. Our booklet Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs gives tips on getting informed, making a plan, assembling a kit, and keeping your plans up to date. These tips provide people with disabilities and their caregivers with guidance in managing communications, equipment, pets and home hazards. The materials were co-authored by the American Red Cross and Department of Homeland Security and FEMA.

Canadian Occupational Health & Safety Magazine Canadian Occupational Health & Safety Magazine

New workplace disability research centre launched
A new research centre has been launched to develop evidence-based policy options that will allow Canada’s current disability policy system to provide better income support and labour market engagement for injured, ill or disabled workers.

Carbert Waite LLP Carbert Waite LLP

Managing Disabled Employees
The importance of human rights legislation in employment of disabled people Common law rights of employers are restricted by human rights legislation. The Alberta Human Rights Act prohibits certain discriminatory employment practices that are otherwise permitted under the general laws of contract. Because disabled persons are a protected class, businesses cannot utilize employment practices that discriminate against them...

City of Edmonton Employee - Measuring Up Edmonton Toolkit. City of Edmonton Employee - Measuring Up Edmonton Toolkit.

Measuring Up Edmonton Toolkit. The purpose of the toolkit is to help with assessing and improving accessibility and inclusion in any environment. The information collected in the toolkit is for personal use to identify areas of potential improvement, or highlight existing efforts to be barrier free. The toolkit helps to raise awareness of universal design and enforce its affect on how we work, play and live

Forbes Forbes

How Disability-Friendly Is Your Workplace? 4 Ways To Put Your Business To The Test

  • Does ADHD qualify as a disability?
  • Should meeting and work rooms be inclusive and accessible to everyone?
  • Could it become standard to have real-time captioning on audio content and training for company employees?
  • Could more managers be trained in Mental Health First Aid or similar programs that teach the skills to the signs of mental illness and substance use?

The answer to all of these questions is yes...

HR Professionals HR Professionals

Online Toolkit Designed to Help Employers of People with Epilepsy
A first-of-its-kind online toolkit is now available to provide training and resources to companies and organizations that have employees with epilepsy.

Improv.net Improv.net

Fire Safety and Disabilities Guide
According to FEMA, each year approximately 17,500 people are injured and 3,400 die because of fire.1 There are dangers associated with fire for everyone, but people with disabilities face unique challenges in these emergencies. As FEMA notes, people with disabilities may have more difficulty escaping during a fire. In addition, some disabilities may prevent them from taking actions ahead of time without the help of a caregiver, friend or relative.2

Occupational Safety Occupational Safety

Workers with disabilities report greater OHS vulnerability
According to a new study by the Institute for Work and Health (IWH) in Toronto, workers who identify as having a disability are more likely to be exposed to workplace hazards. Additionally, they are more likely to face inadequate occupational health and safety (OHS) protections.

People Management People Management

Line managers are the missing link in supporting disabled employees
Knowing when and how to intervene can make all the difference, says Pat Ashworth. But bosses can’t do it without support