OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

December 16, 2010 16:33 ET

OSSTF/FEESO Welcomes Recommendations in Expert Panel on Health and Safety

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 16, 2010) - The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) heartily applauds Tony Dean the Chair of the Expert Advisory Panel on Occupational Health and Safety, Premier Dalton McGuinty, and Minister of Labour Peter Fonseca for their collective efforts to make authentic improvements on the working conditions in Ontario.

"This is a giant step forward," said Ken Coran, president of the OSSTF/FEESO. "When implemented, the recommendations included in this report will have a significant and positive impact on the health and wellbeing of workers."

Of the 46 recommendations in the comprehensive review of Ontario's health and safety system, OSSTF/FEESO is especially interested in two specific recommendations that reference the importance of educating young people on issues of health and safety. The first states that the Ministry of Education should work with school boards and teacher organizations to expand the health and safety content in both primary and secondary curricula. The other recommendation states the need to have a mandatory graduating course or health and safety awareness test as part of the secondary diploma requirement, as well as including health and safety training within post-secondary programs.

"These specific recommendations, if implemented, would surely address and prevent many of the tragic injuries and deaths suffered by workers, particularly young workers," said Coran. "Given our track record of successfully collaborating on similar initiatives with this government, we would look forward to working together with other stakeholders to help develop the required curriculum and assessment tools."

The tragedy of the four migrant workers who fell to their deaths when their scaffolding collapsed last December was not only the impetus for the report released today, but also a reminder of the need to be proactive in safeguarding the welfare of all workers in Ontario. OSSTF/FEESO is committed to the safety and well-being of its members and all workers and sees these recommendations as a significant step forward.

OSSTF/FEESO, founded in 1919, has 60,000 members across Ontario. They include public high school teachers, occasional teachers, educational assistants, continuing education teachers and instructors, early childhood educators, psychologists, secretaries, speech-language pathologists, social workers, plant support personnel, university support staff, and many others in education.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
    Ken Coran
    416.751.8300 or 1.800.267.7867