The Canadian Centre for Occupational Heath and Safety(CCOHS) has developed a web survey aimed at getting feedback from Canadians onhealth and safety issues related to the changing workplace.
“The workplace and the workforce are changing. The workforceis aging, and now includes more women and more ethnically diverse workers,” astatement from the CCOHS said.
The agency also noted that today’s workplace has providedfor a more “precarious employment” that includes contracting, self-employment,part-time or temporary positions and workers with multiple jobs.
“These changes present gaps in worker protection, highlighttechnological challenges, and raise the question of who is accountable andresponsible for health and safety in the workplace,” the CCOHS said.
In September 2007, the CCOHS hosted a national tripartiteforum in Vancouver, with leading experts and 200 representatives fromemployers, labour and government, that focused on the issue around the changingworkplace. During workshop sessions, delegates discussed the issue in detail,highlighting their own experiences, identifying concerns and outlining possiblesolutions and strategies.
“Now CCOHS is inviting Canadians to help continue the dialogueby taking the survey on changing workplaces and providing feedback on thiscritical, rapidly developing area of workplace health and safety,” the CCOHSsaid.
The CCOHS is expected to complete and share the results ofthe survey, plus highlights of the discussions from Forum07, this spring.
For more information about the changing workplace discussionor to take the CCOHS Web survey, go online at www.ccohs.ca.