Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

October 04, 2010 10:15 ET

Minister Raitt Promotes Fire Safety in the Workplace

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 4, 2010) - Today, the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada's Minister of Labour, raised awareness of health and safety issues in the workplace, including fire prevention, during her visit to Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC). The Minister also toured ULC's facilities and participated in the testing of smoke alarms, as well as other products for shock and fire hazards.

"By improving the well-being of workers, we can help ensure that Canadian workplaces continue to be efficient, innovative and productive," said Minister Raitt. "Through partnerships with experts like Underwriters Laboratories of Canada, our government is working to improve occupational health and safety measures, including fire safety."

ULC is one of Canada's accredited standards development organizations and has a long history of conducting leading fire research, working with first responder organizations to improve fire safety and helping raise consumer awareness.

"Underwriters Laboratories of Canada is delighted to welcome Minister Raitt to our Canadian headquarters, and to emphasize the benefits of occupational health and fire safety," said Mr. Martin Oughton, President and General Manager of ULC. "Because safety matters so much to everyone at ULC, hearing her perspective on the state of fire safety and being able to discuss and demonstrate how our certification, standards development and training programs benefit Canadians helps us further our safety mission." 

The Minister's visit to ULC coincides with Fire Prevention Week, which is being held from October 3 to 9. The goal of Fire Prevention Week is to remind Canadians of the need to remain alert and responsive to the dangers of fire, in order to minimize loss of life, injury, property destruction and environmental damage.

The Labour Program is responsible for the administration of both the Canada Labour Code and the Treasury Board Policy on Fire Protection. Through the Fire Protection Services program, the Labour Program ensures that federal properties and their occupants are protected from fire hazards.

For more information, please visit www.labour.gc.ca and www.fiprecan.ca.

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Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Jocelyne Turner
    Press Secretary
    819-953-5646
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559