Dr. Peter Smith

Scientific Co-Director & Senior Scientist, IWH, Canada

Peter Smith is a Senior Scientist and Co-Scientific Director at the Institute for Work & Health in Toronto. Smith has extensive experience conducting research related to work injury and its consequences using large population-based surveys and administrative workers' compensation data.


TS4 - COVID-19 and the protection of workers : lessons from the global pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has sharply disrupted employment in many countries around the globe. Many millions of workers have adjusted to working remotely from their homes. And many more millions of workers, in sectors designated as essential, have been working in proximity to co-workers and, in some cases, providing services to clients, customers and other members of the public. This technical session will consider 3 dimensions of efforts to protect workers from the risks of COVID-19. A panel of OSH regulators will discuss the novel challenges faced by labour inspection services in the supporting essential workplaces in the adoption of effective infection control practices. A panel of OSH prevention experts will describe the exceptional importance of the global internet to rapidly disseminate guidance from trusted source authorities to hundreds of thousands of workplaces. The session will conclude with a global panel of scientists reflecting on the challenges in precisely identifying workplace transmission of COVID-19. 

Erin Oliver, Canada

Audrina Chua, Singapore
Andrew Curran, United Kingdom
Letitia Davis, United States of America
Siong Hin Ho, Singapore
Janet Mannella, Canada
David Michaels, United States of America
Peter Smith, Canada
Sven Timm, Germany
Jody Young, Canada

Live : 21/09/2021 - 10:00 EDT - 11:45 EDT
Rerun : 21/09/2021 - 20:00 EDT - 21:45 EDT

Essential Workers & COVID-19

During COVID-19 many workers around the world have continued working to ensure the continuity of critical functions, including in health care and emergency response, public sector services, construction and manufacturing. This session will look at how, as a global prevention community, we can come together to learn the lessons of COVID-19 and take action to protect the health and safety of essential workers in the future.   

Henri Van Hulle, Canada

Christine Devine
Viviana Gómez Sánchez
Klaus Schäfer
James Scongack
Peter Smith
David Michaels

Live : 23/09/2021 - 07:50 EDT - 09:00 EDT
Rerun : 23/09/2021 - 17:50 EDT - 19:00 EDT