About Us & Membership

What is Occupational Health Nursing?

Occupational Health Nursing provides integrated occupational health and safety services to employers and employees. Occupational Health Nurses (OHNs) work closely with managers, supervisors and individual employees to maintain, promote and restore employee health, safety and well-being.

Who are we?

OHNs are Registered Nurses with a diploma and / or degree in Nursing. They may also have a college certificate in Occupational Health Nursing or a university diploma in Occupational Health. Nurses with specialized education and / or experience can achieve the designation of COHN(C) awarded by the Canadian Nurses Association. In Ontario, Occupational Health Nurses are regulated by the Nursing Act and the Regulated Health Professions Act.

How can we help?

OHNs have the knowledge and expertise to help you with:

  • Disability management
  • Program management
  • Health and Wellness promotion
  • Business strategies

How do we contribute to your bottom line?

Occupational Health Nurses know that a healthy workforce can mean healthy profits. Research has shown that employers who provide a positive working environment reap the benefits of enhanced production and decreased absenteeism. By working together with management, OHNs help workplaces achieve a healthier bottom line. An effective health and safety program results in:

  • Increased productivity
  • Decreased absenteeism
  • Fewer occupational and non-occupational injuries and illnesses
  • Reduced compensation benefit cost
  • Fewer disruptions in day to day business
  • Enhanced profile as a responsible and caring organization