Prof. Dr. Katherine Lippel

Distinguished Research Chair Occupational Health and Safety Law, University of Ottawa

Katherine Lippel, LLL, LLM, FRSC, is a full professor of law at the Faculty of Law (Civil Law Section) at the University of Ottawa and holds the Distinguished Research Chair in Occupational Health and Safety Law. She is also a member of the Québec Bar and the CINBIOSE research centre. She specialises in legal issues relating to occupational health and safety, workers' compensation and return to work after work injury. She currently leads a research partnership funded by SSHRC and CIHR entitled Policy and Practice in Return to Work after Work Injury: Challenging Circumstances and Innovative Solutions. In 2017 she received the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Gold Medal, the Council's highest award. Her publications on Covid-19 include: Occupational Health and Safety and COVID-19: Whose Rights Come First in a Pandemic? In Colleen M. Flood, Vanessa MacDonnell, Jane Philpott, Sophie Thériault & Sridhar Venkatapurum (eds), The Law, Policy & Ethics of Covid-19, University of Ottawa Press, 2020, 473-486 and (with B. Neis & K. Neil), Mobility in a Pandemic: Covid-19 and the Mobile Labour Force (Working Paper), On the Move, August 2020 69p.


9:20 - 10:05 am EDT / 13:20 – 14:05 pm UTC / 15:20- 16:05 pm CEST
Panel 1: Innovation in addressing COVID-19

COVID-19 represents a new type of occupational disease, with rapid onset of symptoms rather than the traditional long latency period. The need for immediate and urgent action by governments and workplaces to safeguard workers means new ways of diagnosing, recording and notifying are required to meet this challenge and to evaluate the burden and impact on workplaces and social security systems. In this session, panelists will address this challenge with a focus on the virtual OSH training and technology as a tool in the response to COVID-19, the development and dissemination of workplace infection prevention practices in the context to COVID-19, and the new complexities COVID-19 brings to already existing legal issues related to prevention and health data.

Prof. Dr. Joachim Breuer, President, International Social Security Association
Prof. Dr. Seong-Kyu Kang, MD, PhD, Professor, Gachon University Gil Medical Centre and Vice President, International Commission on Occupational Health, Republic of Korea
Prof. Dr. Katherine Lippel, Distinguished Research Chair on Occupational Health and Safety Law, University of Ottawa, Canada
Mr. Emad Rizkalla, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Bluedrop Performance Learning, Canada
Prof. Dr. Andrew Sharman, President, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, United Kingdom

Ms. Vera Paquete-Perdigão, Director of the Governance and Tripartism Department, International Labour Organization

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