News Release - May 11, 1999
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH: IT'S EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS
North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week is
May 17-23rd. Its purpose is to focus the attention of employers,
employees and the general public on the importance of preventing
injury and illness in the workplace. This year's theme is
"Occupational Safety and Health: It's Everybody's Business!"
In Saskatchewan, Human Resources Development Canada - Labour Program,
Saskatchewan Labour, the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers, and the
Saskatchewan Safety Council are partnering to encourage occupational
safety and health.
To officially launch NAOSH Week in Saskatchewan, the four partners
will hold simultaneous kick-off events in Regina and Saskatoon on May
14, 1999. The events will feature a demonstration of "high angle
rescue" to be conducted by the Regina and Saskatoon fire departments.
Young and first-time workers are being targeted for special attention
in this year's campaign. They have a higher rate of work-related
injuries than other age groups, often because of their general
inexperience in the workplace.
Labour representatives will staff displays at SIAST campuses in
Regina, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw and Prince Albert, the Saskatchewan
Indian Federated College, and the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of
Technologies to inform young and first-time workers about safety.
Workplace injuries and illnesses not only affect the worker, they
also affect family, friends and community. So during NAOSH week,
and throughout the year, it is important to remember that
everyone is a partner in safety. "Occupational Safety and
Health: It's Everybody's Business!"
For more information, contact:
Canadian Society of Safety Engineers
Phone: (306) 777-5283
Human Resources Development Canada - Labour Program
Phone: (306) 780-7389
Heavy Construction Safety Association of Saskatchewan Inc.
Phone: (306) 729-3060
Phone: (306) 787-4156