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* 1. This is a survey of the psychosocial factors in your workplace.  It is based on the Copenhagen Psychosocial Questionnaire (COPSOQ), and has been customized to address concerns particular to the Ontario workplace context.  The Mental Injury Tool Group is responsible for its development and more information is available at http://www.ohcow.on.ca/mental-injury-toolkit.html.  The purpose is to identify factors which could be addressed to improve the psychosocial work climate at workplaces. 

Due to the pandemic, this survey has been extended to include questions about workers' experiences during the pandemic. It is based on a number of scientifically-recognized questions that measure different aspects of job-related psychosocial conditions, along with symptoms related to intense stressful conditions and mood disorders.

The pandemic portion of the survey was put together by the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW), with help from researchers at the Institute of Work & Health and Duke University in North Carolina. We also had input from a number of health and safety union staff representatives, who told us about the concerns and questions their members have. 

OHCOW is a non-government, not-for-profit organization with seven clinics across Ontario. Our goal is to protect and improve the health of working people by providing clinical and prevention services.

We take part in, and share, research with policy-makers, workers and workplaces, clinicians, health and safety professionals, and the general public. OHCOW operates with support from the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MOL). Our separate Board of Directors is accountable to the MOL for funding. For more information about OHCOW, our website (www.ohcow.on.ca).

Voluntary Participation
You do not have to participate in the survey. Any information you give today will be kept strictly confidential. It will not be given to others, including the MOL, the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board of Ontario or anyone in your workplace. We will never identify you in any way in any presentations or reports that result from this project. Because we are not collecting any identifiable information, once you have submitted your survey, we will not be able to remove your responses from our database.

What are the risks?
There are no known significant risks if you participate in this survey. If you feel uncomfortable answering a question, skip it. We will keep everyone’s information strictly confidential.

What are the benefits?
You may not receive any direct benefit from participating. However, information gathered from this survey will help us to better understand and address issues facing education workers in a pandemic.

What about confidentiality and privacy?
All the information collected in this survey is confidential. Only the researchers directly involved in this project will see all the answers. The team will not keep any information that could identify you or others. All the data we collect will be stored on a secure server.

Your participation in this survey implies that you have consented to the use of your answers -- grouped with those from other people -- in reports or publications. We will present all reports using the responses in a way that ensures no-one’s identity is revealed.

If you have questions, please contact John Oudyk at joudyk@ohcow.on.ca

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