The Occupational Health Centre (OHC) delivers services and programs that enhance the capacity of workers, workplaces and communities to protect their health and safety.
The Occupational Health Centre (OHC) is a worker-centered community health centre committed to ensuring that workers’ health is always our main priority. OHC is committed to providing accessible services and programs for all workers in Manitoba and to reducing barriers workers experience in their workplaces. We recognize that workers are diverse and have particular needs according to their gender, language, culture, religion, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, economic status, level of education and immigration status, and are committed to respecting, and accommodating these differences appropriately.
We honour the experience of workers and believe that workers know their jobs the best and can give the best insight into health and safety issues associated with their jobs. We ensure workers participate in the decisions that affect their health and safety in the work we do and actively encourage others to do the same. We work to build the capacity of workers to identify and solve their own health and safety concerns over the long term.
We understand that workers hold less power in the workplace than the employer. We use a rights-based approach in our work to ensure that workers understand the rights they do hold in the workplace.
At OHC we acknowledge that the health of individuals and communities is largely impacted by social determinants such as gender, language, culture, sexual orientation, religion, physical or mental ability, economic status, level of education, and immigration status. In Canada, the historical and ongoing injustice of colonialism has marginalized entire communities.
At OHC we are committed to addressing those barriers experienced by marginalized workers in Manitoba. We take a health equity approach to the delivery of our services, understanding that equity aims to close the gaps in health outcomes by preferentially directing services to marginalized communities. At OHC we prioritize our services to marginalized communities and individuals in order to improve health outcomes across worker populations.
OHC strives to be accessible to all workers regardless of ability or life circumstance. We recognize that barriers to accessibility include both visible and invisible disabilities, as well as other factors including societal barriers such as racism, homophobia, transphobia, ageism, and sexism. We attempt to identify and remediate barriers to workers’ access to health and safety. OHC respects and honours the many perspectives of the multitude of workers we serve, always considering how we might seek out the voice of the most marginalized communities. We respect the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation report and are committed to engage in a process of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.
We behave in a way that reflects and represents our values, with integrity as a foundation for our reputation. Those we serve must be able to trust that our information and services are evidence-informed and appropriate and have confidence in our intentions as a worker-serving organization. We work to build and maintain relationships and provide service in a professional and technically competent manner.