Resources, training and attention is needed to reduce deaths and injuries at work, according to the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) during the national launch of North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week in Saskatoon.
“Despite the fact that two Canadians die every day at work, our nation is dangerously casual about safety,” said Jim Hopkins, CSSE president.
Canadian workplaces were the source of 902 deaths and 241,933 injuries in 2013, according to the Association of Workers Compensation Boards of Canada.
CSSE stresses that workplace safety is a shared responsibility between employers and employees.
“A double-barrel effort returns win-win results,” explained Hopkins. “Safety is in everyone’s best interest.”
Safety-focused companies increase productivity with less downtime and absenteeism. Likewise, a safety-focused workforce returns home healthy and intact.
Safety professionals are key. In conjunction with NAOSH Week, the CSSE is releasing Hiring a Health and Safety Practitioner, a guide for employers and occupational health and safety practitioners. This guide will serve as a valuable resource to employers when hiring a health and safety practitioner and will provide guidance to future health and safety professionals.
Safety activities and considerations must, and in most cases do, occur daily throughout the year. The goal of NAOSH Week is to create additional focus for employers, employees and the public on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home and in the community.
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