Occupational Health Assessment Program (OHAP)

The Occupational Health Assessment Program (OHAP) is an assessment program that consolidates:

  • Regional evaluation centres (REC)
  • Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) consultants
  • Low back expert physician examiners, and
  • Medical consultant reviews

The Occupational health assessment program (OHAP) provides musculoskeletal assessments, mild traumatic brain Injury assessments and general clinical assessments and medication reviews. It also provides case consult services, and builds on our existing partnerships with public hospitals across the province. The OHAP creates a clear and effective continuum of care for people with work-related injuries, and improves integration across all WSIB programs and services.

Ensuring that a person’s health care team – primary health care provider, community treatment provider or Specialty Program provider – are collaborating and communicating, makes it easier to get people the right treatment at the right time.

Through a provincial network of public hospitals and partnerships, the program delivers care closer to home and facilitates a clear coordinated care path for all parties involved in the care and recovery of a person with a workplace injury or illness.  

OHAP assessment services

Musculoskeletal assessment

This assessment is for people with musculoskeletal injuries/soft tissue injuries to the upper extremities, lower extremities and spine performed by the OHAP assessment interdisciplinary team, incuding the physician and the Work Capacity Liaison, who is part of the doctor’s team.  (WCL).

There are four types of musculoskeletal assessments that may be requested by the WSIB:

  • Type 1: up to two (2) musculoskeletal injuries/soft tissue injuries work-related injuries
  • Type 2: three (3) to five (5) musculoskeletal injuries/soft tissue injuries work-related injuries
  • Type 3: six (6) or more musculoskeletal injuries/soft tissue injuries work-related injuries
  • Type 4: intended for migrant persons with a workplace injury or illness who requires an expedited assessment

Referral criteria

Injured and ill people may be referred for this assessment to clarify the diagnosis/prognosis, confirm the treatment that is required to support recovery, determine the person’s functional abilities to support return to work, and/or to identify emerging psychosocial factors.

Mild traumatic brain injury assessment

This assessment is for people who have a suspected or confirmed mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and are in the early stages of their recovery. .

The OHAP assessment will be performed by a physician, who has undergone specialized training for head injuries, and a Work Capacity Liaison. The assessment will identify the diagnosis, the person’s functional abilities and the treatment recommendations to best support recovery.

The assessment will ensure early identification of emerging issues that may impact recovery (e.g. psychosocial concerns, mental health).

Referral criteria

Injured and ill people may be referred for this assessment to better understand the diagnosis/prognosis, confirm what treatment is required to support recovery, determine the person’s functional abilities to support return to work and identify emerging psychosocial concerns.

General clinical assessment and medication review

This assessment is for people who have a workplace injury/illness not otherwise included/described in the musculoskeletal or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). There may or may not also be accompanying medication issues. This assessment will be performed by a physician who specializes in the area of injury being examined. The assessment may include a Work Capacity Liaison and/or a pharmacist.

As with the other assessments offered by the WSIB, this assessment, following the physical examination, will include a discussion with the OHAP assessment team and the person regarding the assessment findings, recommendations and the person’s return-to-work plan, if applicable.

If the main focus of the assessment concerns medication, a pharmacist will interview the person and collaborate with the OHAP physician to review the person’s medication history and drug regimen to understand the impact on recovery, function, quality of life and return to work (if applicable).

Follow-up occupational health assessment

This is an assessment for people who have previously undergone any of the above assessments to monitor and evaluate the person’s response to treatment, functional abilities, recovery, and return-to-work plan.

Case consult services

Case consult services offer quality medical opinions to help improve recovery and return-to-work outcomes for people with work-related injuries or illness. There are three types of case consult services: General, Occupational Disease and Specialty, all performed by physician specialists.

Faster access to specialized care that is closer to home

The WSIB ensures that people with a workplace injury or illness receive the highest quality care, as close to home as possible.
We make sure they get this through:

  • Partnering with hospitals across the province to facilitate access to specialized care
  • Ensuring the Specialty Program teams work together to provide the best care possible for someone with a workplace injury or illness, and also supporting the person’s primary health care providers and community providers by communicating with them regarding the person’s recovery and return-to-work plan.
  • Innovative and flexible contracts with providers, that support advances in technology, so that they are more adaptable and can make improvements without having to wait for the next contract cycle.
  • The support of a WSIB Return-To-Work Specialist to better support someone’s safe and appropriate return to work.
  • Evaluating our Specialty Programs, against the latest evidence and best treatment practices to make sure that everyone with a workplace injury or illness receives the very best care.

Occupational Health Assessment Program (OHAP) and Specialty Programs contact information

Hospital Program(s) Address Contact
The Ontario Workers Network (OWN), through The Ottawa Hospital and Provincial Hospital-based Partnerships

Eastern Partners (The Ottawa Hospital; Peterborough Regional Health Centre)
Central Ontario (Lakeridge Health; Markham Stouffville Hospital; St. Joeseph's Healthcare Hamilton; Niagara Health; Orillia Soldier's Memorial Hospital)
Toronto (Centric Health Don Mills Surgical; Centre for Mental Health and Addictions)
Western Ontario (Grand River Hospital; Windsor Regional Hospital; Erie Shores)
Northern Ontario (North Bay Regional Hospital)
Occupational Health Assessment Program

Specialty Programs
Amputee and Prosthetics (including orthopaedic shoes)
Back and Neck
Lower Extremity
Neurology
Upper Extremity
1967 Riverside Drive, Box 28
Ottawa, ON K1H7W9
Marice Prior
P:613-738-8400
Extension: 82377
Woodstock
Woodstock General Hospital Occupational Health Asessment Program 310 Juliana Dr.
Woodtock ON N4V0A4
Lisa Adkins
P: 519-421-4079
Guelph
Homewood Health Centre Mental Health Specialty Program 150 Delhi Street Peter MacDonald
Guelph, ON  N1E 6K9 P: 416-964-1875
  Extension: 5221
Hamilton
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton Mental Health Specialty Program 100 West 5th Street Julie Holmes
Hamilton, ON  L8N 3K7 P: 905-522-1155
  Extension: 34807
Kingston
Kingston Health Sciences Centre Upper Extremity Speciatly Program 166 Brock Street Marie Pitcher
Hotel Dieu Hospital Kingston, ON  K7L 5G2 P: 613-544-3400
    Extension: 2398
London
St. Joseph’s Health Care London Specialty Programs
Amputee and Prosthetics
Upper Extremity
550 Wellington Road South
London, ON  N6C 0A7
Michelle Mahood
P: 519-646-6100
Extension: 64167
Sudbury
Health Sciences North Occupational Health Assessment Program

Specialty Programs
Amputee and Prosthetics
Lower Extremity
Upper Extremity
41 Ramsey Lake Road
Sudbury, ON P3E 5J1
Linda Scherzinger
P: 705-523-7100
Extension: 3275
Thunder Bay
St. Joesph's Care Group Behavioural Sciences Centre, Thunder Bay  Occupational Health Asessment Program 300 North Lillie Street,
Thunder Bay, ON P7C 4Y7
Lorna Nelson
P: 807-624-1768
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre Specialty Programs
Back and Neck
Lower Extremity
Upper Extremity
980 Oliver Road
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 6V4
Barb Morin
P: 807-344-1099
   
Toronto
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Mental Health Specialty Program 455 Spadina Avenue, Suite 200
Toronto, ON  M5S 2G8
Sima Salehi
P: 416-535-8501
Extension: 77350
 
North York General Hospital Occupational Health Assessment Program

Specialty Programs
Lower Extremity
Upper Extremity
4001 Leslie Street
Toronto, ON  M2K 1E1
Fadi Chayab
P: 416-756-6564
St. Michael’s Hospital Occupational Disease Specialty Program 30 Bond Street, 4th Floor, Shuter Wing
Toronto, ON  M5B 1W8
Joyce Fenuta
P: 416-433-6596
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Occupational Health Assessment Program

Specialty Programs:
Amputee and Prosthetics (including orthopaedic shoes)
Back and Neck
Burn
Lower Extremity
Upper Extremity
2075 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, ON  M4N 3M5
Carolyn Roknic
P: 416-967-8699
Trillium Health Partners
Queensway Health Partners

Occupational Health Assessment Program

Specialty Programs:
Back and Neck
Lower Extremity
Neurology
Upper Extremity
150 Sherway Drive
Toronto, ON  M9C 1A5
Alison Cocking
P: 647-203-2144
Lower Extremity    
Westpark Amputee and Prosthetics 82 Buttonwood Ave Shirley Price
Toronto, ON M6M 2J5 P: 416-243-3600
  ext. 2290
Toronto, with locations across Ontario
University Health Network (with locations across Ontario) Occupational Health Assessment Program

Specialty Programs
Back and Neck
Lower Extremity
Upper Extremity
Mental Health
Toronto Western Hospital
399 Bathurst Street
Krembil Discovery Tower, 3rd Floor 
Wendy Lawlor
P:416-603-5800
Extension: 4784
Toronto, ON  M5T 2SB
550 University Avenue
Toronto, ON M5G 2A2
University Health Network Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Neurology