CSSE, CCOHS, Threads of Life and the Governments of Canada and Ontario Celebrate North American Occupational Safety and Health Week 2012
FOR: THREADS OF LIFE
MAY 7, 2012 - 11:00 ET
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 7, 2012) - Today, the Canadian launch of North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week kicked off at the Morningside campus of Centennial College in Toronto.
The importance of teamwork and leadership in "Making it Work!" will be addressed in a message brought by keynote speaker Jeff MacInnis, world-renowned explorer and adventurer. Labour law lawyer Norm Keith will talk about "A Passion for Prevention."
Representatives from the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), Threads of Life, the Government of Canada and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) collaborated with the CSSE Toronto Chapter to officially launch Safety and Health Week 2012 (May 6-12).
"The Government of Canada supports and encourages all NAOSH partners and participants in their work towards accident and injury prevention in the workplace," said the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Labour. "The Government of Canada is committed to working with unions, employers, provinces and experts in the field to raise awareness and improve occupational health and safety measures."
"During NAOSH Week, people across Canada and throughout North America will take time to reflect on this year's theme, 'Making it Work!', noted Peter Sturm, CSSE President. "Through the collective and dedicated efforts of many individuals in a number of organizations, and with the support of regional and national partners, attention will be drawn to the need to plan for safety and 'Making it Work!' all day, every day of the year. We must always strive for the answers and execute the solutions that will make things safer for ourselves, our families, our organizations and our communities."
"Eliminating fatalities and injuries from the workplace continues to be an ongoing mandate for Canadians. In order to help minimize the risks, we need to constantly create awareness of these issues throughout our daily routines at work, at home and in our communities," says Steve Horvath, President and CEO of the CCOHS.
"Each day in Canada, many families find themselves in a place they never thought they would be. They expected their loved one to return at the end of their day, in the same condition as when they left", noted Shirley Hickman, Executive Director, Threads of Life. "But family members of Threads of Life know first-hand what happens when their loved one suffers a traumatic workplace injury or occupational disease-or when they don't come home at all. Some of those family members become volunteers to spread the message of 'Safety and Health: A Commitment for Life.' They share a common goal: They hope, through their efforts to raise awareness about the importance of health and safety through personal testimony, that other families will not suffer these preventable workplace tragedies. These volunteers create awareness for students, employers and workers to help foster a culture of workplace safety. We are here to help you 'make it work'."
NAOSH Week is an annual initiative led by the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering. Together with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and Threads of Life, and in association with the American Society of Safety Engineers, focus is given to the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace and raising understanding and awareness of safety and health issues. More information can be found at www.naosh.ca or www.csse.org.
NAOSH Week is sponsored by the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, in cooperation with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, the Government of Canada, Threads of Life and other federal, provincial and territorial governments, along with the American Society of Safety Engineers. For more information about NAOSH Week and activities in your region, call 1-877-446-2674 or visit www.naosh.ca.
Threads of Life is a national registered charity dedicated to supporting families along their journey of healing who have suffered from a workplace fatality, life-altering illness or occupational disease. Their mission is to help families heal through a community of support and to promote the elimination of life-altering workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths. For more information, visit www.threadsoflife.ca.
Founded in 1911, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is the world's oldest and largest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. ASSE's 32,000+ occupational safety, health and environmental professional members located worldwide manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labour and education. For more information, contact ASSE at www.asse.org.
Canadian Society of Safety Engineering
Wayne Glover, Executive Director
Toll free: 1-877-44-NAOSH (62674)
For information about occupational health and safety:
Inquiries Service, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health
and Safety in Hamilton, Ontario
HRSDC Labour Program