Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

May 05, 2008 08:00 ET

CSSE, CCOHS and the Governments of Canada and Ontario Celebrate North American Occupational Safety and Health Week 2008

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 5, 2008) - Today, the Canadian launch of North American Occupational Safety & Health Week (NAOSH) kicked off at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

The importance of living everyday safely at work will be a feature message brought by four key note speakers. The Honourable Steve Mahoney will present WSIB's message on their Road to Zero campaign, Rosemarie Leclair, President & CEO of Hydro Ottawa Limited will speak about shaping and fostering a safety-focussed culture in the workplace; David Needham, Director from the Safety Health & Environment Management (SHEM) office in Washington DC will speak of their work to keep thousands of properties around the world safe. Shirley Hickman 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 Eastern Ontario Chapter, Ontario NAOSH Network, Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) and a number of safety associations to officially launch Safety & Health Week 2008 (May 4 - 10).

"This year's evolutionary theme - "Start Today! Live it Every Day!" - reflects the need for daily focus in our work, volunteer and home lives on the consequences of hazards and the proactive measures required to minimize the probability of injury or illness," said Mr. Andrew Cooper, CSSE NAOSH Week Chair. "On most days we manage very well and produce incredible results for our employers and customers. Individually, we benefit through a lifestyle of personal growth and prosperity. Tragically, some Canadians suffer life ending or life altering injuries and illnesses creating tremendous negative impact on families, communities and workplaces. That's why a lifelong personal and collective commitment to Safety and Health is vital to us all."

"Building and sustaining a workplace culture that promotes the health and well being of employees takes effort and persistence," remarked Len Hong, President and CEO of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. "The NAOSH theme "Live it every day" reminds us that the pursuit of healthy and safe workplaces is a daily effort. It also reminds us that we must extend health and safety awareness to all aspects of our lives - whether at work, home or in the community - to prevent injury, illnesses and deaths."

"The Government of Canada is working with unions, employers, provinces, territories and experts to increase awareness and improve occupational health and safety of employees," said Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Federal Minister of Labour and Minister of the Economic Development Agency for the Regions of Quebec. "Education and preventive measures regarding workplace safety are an essential part of ensuring that all Canadian workers come home healthy at the end of their work day."

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

The Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) can be contacted by mail at 39 River Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5A 3P1.

You can also visit the HRSDC- Labour Program Website at:

Founded in 1911, the American Society of Safety Engineers is the world's oldest and largest professional safety organization. The non-profit ASSE has more than 30,000 safety professional members located throughout the U.S. and abroad who manage, supervise and consult on safety, health and environmental issues in industry, insurance, government and education. For more information, contact ASSE at

Contact Information

  • Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE)
    Jan Fralick
    Account Executive
    Toll free : 1-877-44-NAOSH (62674) and 416-646-1600
    416-646-9460 (FAX)
    Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)
    Inquiries Service
    905-572-4500 (FAX)