Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE)

Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE)
North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week

North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)

May 03, 2010 10:23 ET

CSSE, CCOHS and the Governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island Celebrate North American Occupational Safety and Health Week 2010

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - May 3, 2010) - Today, the Canadian launch of North American Occupational Safety & Health Week (NAOSH) kicked off at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown.

The importance of the question – How Safe Are You? will be a feature message brought by 2 keynote speakers. Vice-President of Operations at Cavendish Farms, Bill Meisner, will speak about shaping and fostering a safety-focussed culture in the workplace and Marilyn D'Entremont of Threads of Life will remind us of the importance of ensuring that each member of our family is able to come home at the end of the work day - and the consequences of when this does not happen.

Representatives from the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), the Government of Canada and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) collaborated with the CSSE Prince Edward Island Chapter and Workers' Compensation Board of PEI to officially launch Safety & Health Week 2010 (May 2 - 8).

"Our Government is committed to working with the provincial and territorial governments as well as employer and employee organizations to promote safe and healthy workplaces across Canada," said Lisa Raitt, Canada's Minister of Labour. "Our goal is to give industry the tools they need to keep employees safe, promote best practices and encourage economic prosperity."

"NAOSH Week reminds us that workplace injuries do not have to happen," said Prince Edward Island Minister of Community Services, Seniors and Labour, Hon. Janice Sherry. "By working together - workers, employers, health and safety professionals, Government and communities - we can raise awareness about injury prevention and help build safer workplaces for us all."

"During NAOSH Week, people across Canada and throughout North America will take time to reflect on the question of "How Safe Are You? noted Art Nordholm, 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 achieve top-of-mind constant awareness of safety all day, every day of the year. We must always strive for the answers that will make things safer for ourselves, our families, our organizations and our communities."

"Employers have a duty to provide safe work, equipment, resources and safe work conditions to their employees. When these requirements have been fulfilled then workers, when working according to safe procedures and practices, can remain safe and healthy," remarked Len Hong, President and CEO of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS). "The 2010 NAOSH theme "How Safe Are You?" reminds us that the pursuit of healthy and safe workplaces is a daily effort."

NAOSH Week is an annual initiative led by the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering. Together with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, and in association with the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), 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 & Safety, the Government of Canada 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, contact 1-877-446-2674, please visit www.naosh.ca.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

The Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) can be contacted by mail at 39 River Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5A 3P1; by telephone toll free at 1-877-44-NAOSH (62674) and at (416) 646-1600; by fax at (416) 646-9460; and through the Internet at http://www.csse.org CSSE Contact: Jan Fralick, Account Executive

For information about occupational health and safety, please contact the Inquiries Service at the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) in Hamilton, Ontario, by telephone at 1-800-263-8466; by fax at (905) 572-4500; by e-mail at inquiries@ccohs.ca; and through the Internet at http://www.ccohs.ca

You can also visit the HRSDC- Labour Program Website at: www.labour.gc.ca 

Founded in 1911, the American Society of Safety Engineers 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.

Contact Information

  • For more information about NAOSH Week
    and activities in your region:
    1-877-446-2674
    www.naosh.ca
    or
    Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE)
    Jan Fralick, Account Executive
    416-646-1600
    Toll free: 1-877-44-NAOSH (62674)
    416-646-9460 (FAX)
    www.csse.org
    or
    For information about occupational health and safety:
    Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)
    Inquiries Service
    1-800-263-8466
    905-572-4500 (FAX)
    inquiries@ccohs.ca
    www.ccohs.ca
    or
    American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
    www.asse.org