NAOSH Week (North American Occupational Safety and Health Week) – was first launched in June 1997, and marked by an agreement between Canada, the US and Mexico, and continued the work of Canadian Occupational Health and Safety Week (COHS) which had been observed for ten years previously (1986-1996). From 1997-2000, NAOSH Week was governed by CSSE (Canadian Society of Safety Engineers), however since 2000, the responsibility and management of NAOSH Week has continued under CSSE’s leadership in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety (CCOHS), and the Labour Program of Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC), and Threads of Life. CSSE works hard to promote and encourage the goals of NAOSH. Along with the efforts of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), NAOSH Week continues to be a truly continent-wide event.
Ignorance is not bliss – do you know what’s in your workplace?
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has developed an informative webpage regarding workplace hazards by type. There are many types of hazards – chemical, ergonomic, physical, and psychosocial, to name a few – which can cause harm or adverse effects in the workplace. Get resources on specific hazards and their control, including identification, risk assessment and inspections, to keep your workplace healthy and safe.
According the National Work Injury/Diseases Statistics Program, authored by the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada in 2013, in Ontario the number of time-loss injuries for professional occupations in health was 1,322, 1,654 for technical and skilled occupations in health and 2,517 for assisting occupations in health. Although these numbers are not ideal, this study also showed that they were on the downward trend and significantly below results for both Quebec and BC. Clearly there is a need across Canada for greater education, awareness and caution in the workplace. Be sure to review the Occupational Health and Safety Act to understand your rights and responsibilities.
Occupational Health & Safety Act
Pocket Ontario OH&S Act & Regulations 2014 – Consolidated Edition (Carswell’s “Green Book”)