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Building Momentum-Your role in influencing Canada's National Codes and Preventing Falls in Homes

Meeting Description:

Changes to the design of homes impacts fall related injuries and deaths; the right changes can markedly reduce injuries and deaths.  This Webinar focuses on:

  • the right changes,
  • in the right facilities,
  • at the right time,
  • employing the most effective mechanism!

Over the next 14 months we have a critical window of opportunity to address key fall sites in our homes and to improve design requirements in Canada’s National Building Code (NBC) on:

  • Pediatric falls from heights (window guards)
  • Home stair step dimensions
  • Stair handrail graspability
  • Grab bars for bathtubs/showers: two for bathing; one for showering. 

Home stairs currently pose risks of injurious falls as much as several times greater than risks on public stairs. Changes partly spurred by Injury Prevention Practitioners’ input five years ago accomplished code changes achieving reduction of half the differential risk; now we have the momentum—and research evidence—to achieve the final half of the total fall risk reduction for new homes.

Development of the NBC allows for Public Health and Injury Prevention expert input.  Navigating and contributing to this system can be time consuming and confusing, but this Webinar provides a rewarding focus for your participation—to advance key falls prevention measures already on the table

This Webinar covers:

  • Evidence on home related falls,
  • Advocacy actions and code provisions for their prevention,
  • Challenges of the current national code system,
  • Opportunities for injury prevention professionals to get involved in NBC development, and
  • Positive changes achievable in the NBC 2020 edition.
Date: Tue, Sep 25, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Fall Prevention Community of Practice
 Presenter Information
Linda Strobl
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Linda Strobl is a Public Health Nurse in the Injury Prevention Program for the City of Hamilton, where she has worked for 30 years.  She is a member of the Canadian National Building Code- Standing Committee on Housing and Small Buildings, the Stair Task Group and Chair of the Joint Grab Bar Task Group.  In 2015, she was the inaugural recipient of the CPHA’s R. Stirling Ferguson Award for her contributions to Public Health.

Jake Pauls
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Jake Pauls is a Certified Professional Ergonomist based in Toronto. He has over 51 years of worldwide experience in research, codes and standards development, plus consulting linking Architecture, Ergonomics, Public Health, and Law—especially in relation to falls.  For 8 of his 13 US safety standards committee memberships, he formally represents the American Public Health Association. In 2017, the University of Greenwich conferred an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree for his contributions to building use and safety including about 150 publications, hundreds of presentations, 30 videos, and significant revisions to many model building codes and widely used standards.