Register for free: 16th annual RSI Awareness Day


Workplace injuries such as repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) account for 42% of all lost time claims and 50% of all lost time days. To increase awareness on these issues, the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) is pleased to offer the 16th annual RSI Awareness Day on Monday February 29, 2016 at no fee. The deadline for registration is February 22, 2016. Click here for more information including the brochure, agenda, and the registration form.

With the aid of the eDome at Cambrian College, now anyone can access this year’s RSI Day event regardless of their geographic location. All that is required is a high speed internet connection and sound. Attendees using this method will be able to ask questions to any of the presenters. It is asked that all interested parties in the Sudbury area attend the event in person. The day before the event, website address, handouts, and login password will be sent to all participants not located in Sudbury. For more information, you can contact Trevor Schell or the Clinic at 705.523.2330 or 1.877.817.0336.  Once registered, more information will follow including dates to test your internal firewall to ensure the event runs smoothly.

Get the ergonomic assessment app

OHCOW and the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) partnered to develop a smart phone app that delivers a very basic ergonomic assessment for workers. By running through a series of diagrams and questions to pinpoint musculoskeletal pain workers are able to identify possible sources, and discover practical solutions. The results are depicted on a body map, with recommendations to address work-related MSD hazards that could be contributing to their discomfort. The app can be found here.

Additional ergonomic resources from OHCOW can be found on the Resources page of their website.


Happy Lunar New Year!


On February 8, many Canadians of Asian descent will be celebrating Lunar New Year. The Lunar New Year is a celebration of family, life, faith, paying homage to ancestors and anticipating what’s to come in the months ahead. We may be most familiar with the Chinese New Year celebrations, but people from Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Tibet and Vietnam also have their own special traditions and ceremonies. Festivities take place all around the world, and at home, where everyone is welcome to celebrate and embrace diversity. Happy Lunar New Year!

Chinese New Year Fun Facts

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival goes back several centuries. Traditionally, the festival was a time to honour deities as well as ancestors.  According to Chinese mythology, a mythical beast called the Nian was banished from the village through its aversion to the colour red and the sound of firecrackers. Symbols today, are manifested in red decorations, envelopes and firework displays.

On a cycle that repeats itself every 12 years, each year is represented by a particular animal, 2016 being the year of the monkey.  Those born under this sign include people born in 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 and 2016.

Amazing Year for: Rats, Dragons, Monkeys – brings charm and confidence. Unstable but dynamic!

Positive Year for: Goats, Rabbits, Ox – improvement in all areas of life. Progress finally!

Exciting Year for: Roosters, Horses – Tricky situations abound. Enjoy the stimulation!

Complex Year for: Tigers, Snakes, Boars, Dogs – strong focus and objectivity brings the best results.


It’s Groundhog Day!

February 2 is Groundhog Day which is celebrated in Canada and the United States. According to legend, a groundhog emerges from its burrow at noon on February 2. If the sun is shining and the groundhog sees its shadow, it becomes frightened and returns to its hole to hibernate. That means winter continues for six more weeks. But if it doesn’t see its shadow, it remains outside because the worst of winter is over and warmer weather is on its way.

Here are a few fun facts about Groundhog Day:

  • Groundhog Day has its roots in the medieval European tradition of Candlemas. On a day in early February, people would light candles to brighten up a dark season and watch the weather to see whether or not spring was on the way.
  • At some point hedgehogs were also used to help predict whether spring would come early.
  • Hedgehogs are not related to groundhogs. They have different hibernation patterns and are more likely to emerge from hiding in early February.
  • Groundhog Day came to North America in the 19th century when German settlers living in Pennsylvania revived the tradition in their new home. Groundhogs became the stand-in for hedgehogs.
  • The first official Groundhog Day trek near Punxsutawney, Pa. took place in 1888. Today its the hub of Groundhog Day activities, and Punxsutawney Phil is the most famous of the furry forecasters.
  • Canada’s first Groundhog Day took place in Wiarton, Ont. in 1956. It came about because a local resident wanted to throw a party for his friends and thought Groundhog Day was the perfect excuse. The tradition has evolved and Wiarton Willie is now Canada’s leading four-legged prognosticator.
  • The 1993 release of the movie “Groundhog Day,” starring Bill Murray, brought new attention to the occasion. The population of Punxsutawney, Pa. is about 6,000. After the movie’s release the number of people coming to town for Groundhog Day has been recorded at up to 30,000.

Judging by the mild winter weather Ontario has been enjoying lately, as well as the cloudy skies, it’s likely our furry friend will come out of his hole and winter will end much sooner than we expect.

Happy Groundhog Day!