From May 6-12, workplaces across North America will be celebrating North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week with activities that raise awareness of the importance of injury prevention. In support of NAOSH Week, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is making its health and safety committees courses available free of charge.
Its Health and Safety Committees course provides participants with an introduction to health and safety committees. The course provides guidance on how to establish a new committee, how a committee can perform its functions and how it can be effective. The course introduces the roles and responsibilities of a committee and its members, and offers sample checklists, policies and other useful documents that can be customized for a specific work environment.
The Health and Safety Committees in the Canadian Federal Jurisdiction course can be used as part of the required training as outlined in the Canada Labour Code. Part II of the code requires employers to provide health and safety training to members of policy and workplace committees and health and safety representatives.
“This week is an opportunity to capture the attention of employers, employees, the general public and our workplace safety and health partners and focus on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home and in the community,” said Anne Tennier, president and CEO of CCOHS.
Symposiums, safety expos and national safety awards are just some celebratory events occurring throughout the country as part of NAOSH Week.
According to the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), some of the events include:
•Legal marijuana and work – St. John’s, N.L.
•Mock coroner’s inquest – Hamilton
•Workplace safety lessons from Mt. Everest – Saskatoon
•Respectful workplaces in the #MeToo era – Kelowna, B.C.
•Emergency responders in the park – Edmonton
•Make hands matter in the workplace – Waterford, Ont.
•Home and work safety BBQ – Whitehorse
•Safety first symposium – Cape Breton, N.S.
“Each of us goes to work each day expecting to come home safe,” said CSSE president Kathy Tull. “It is inspiring to see the effort of Canadians to continue making safety a habit. NAOSH Week events in workplaces and communities salute our Canadian safety resolve.”