Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE)

Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE)

May 05, 2014 11:42 ET

National Launch of NAOSH Week in St. John's Highlights the Importance of Preventing Workplace Injuries, Illnesses and Deaths

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND--(Marketwired - May 5, 2014) -

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Republic of Doyle's cast and stunt crew are providing a behind-the-scenes safety demonstration at the Canadian launch of North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The event, which includes a Cougar Fly Over and a Harbour Sound Symposium, is taking place at HMCS Cabot in St. John's.

Each year there are over 200,000 workplace injuries or illnesses in Canada. NAOSH Week seeks to increase awareness of the role of health and safety professionals, encourage investment in occupational safety and health, and support workers to "Make Safety a Habit."

"North American Occupational Safety and Health Week is an important opportunity for us all to come together and focus on our efforts to ensure that a successful and safe work day is enjoyed by Canadian workers every day. Sometimes we are not as safe as we think and we lose colleagues, friends and family members to uncontrolled workplace hazards," notes Andrew Cooper, CSSE president.

This year's theme, "Make Safety a Habit," is being addressed by Vince McNeilly, UK-based President of the International Network of Safety and Health Professionals.

"Too often, Canadians that are trying to make a living end up losing their lives," states Andrew Cooper, CSSE president. Annual workplace related deaths increased to 977 in 2012 (from 919 in 2011) according to the Association of Workers Compensation Boards of Canada.

Safety standards vary between provinces, regulatory bodies and organizations. "The patchwork can only get us so far. When it comes to life and limb, we must do better. Canada needs a national strategy to prevent occupational fatalities."

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) are also on hand.

North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week occurs every year during the first full week of May and is aimed at raising awareness about occupational safety, health and the environment (SH&E) in an effort to prevent work injuries and illnesses. The NAOSH Week logo - three hands forming an equilateral triangle - portrays the three participating nations - Canada, the United States and Mexico. This symbolizes joint venture, cooperation and the commitment to the common goals shared by all occupational safety and health partners.

During NAOSH Week, CSSE is encouraging investment in workplace health and safety through events across the country (www.naosh.ca).

About the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering

The Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) is the largest health, safety and environmental organization for professionals in Canada. We work with industry, governmental agencies, and other safety organizations to promote a greater awareness of health, safety, and environmental issues.

www.csse.org

Occupational Safety and Health Professional (OSHP) Day (May 7)

The day was established to honour occupational safety, health and environmental professionals who have dedicated their lives to protecting people, property and the environment.

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