News Release - May 12, 1999
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH SPECIALIST AND CLINIC FOR SASKATCHEWAN
Labour Minister Joanne Crofford today announced that Saskatchewan
Labour and the University of Saskatchewan have formed a partnership to
improve occupational health services for Saskatchewan working people.
Crofford said the appointment of a Chief Occupational Medical Officer
and the establishment of an occupational health clinic will help in
the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of the occupational
illnesses and diseases working people face.
"Working with the College of Medicine, this initiative will help us
build and maintain safer, healthier workplaces for working people
today, and for our children tomorrow," Crofford said.
Saskatchewan Labour will provide the University of Saskatchewan with
an annual grant of $161,000 to hire an occupational medical specialist
for the College and to operate the occupational health clinic. The
specialist who is hired will also be appointed Chief Occupational
"This partnership will give other doctors in the province access to
expertise in occupational medicine that just hasn't been available
here before. There will also be increased research into the causes
and treatment of occupational illnesses and disease," Crofford said.
Crofford also said the College of Medicine will be able to improve its
medical education programs by having a fully trained occupational
medicine specialist in its faculty.
As Saskatchewan's Chief Occupational Medical Officer, the
physician will help Saskatchewan Labour's Occupational Health and
Safety Division deal with the causes of occupational illnesses
and disease. He or she will:
give advice on the causes of occupational illnesses and
help with medical assessments of groups of workers exposed
to 'causative' agents (i.e. chemical, physical, biological,
ergonomic or other hazards that may lead to occupational
illnesses and diseases); and,
help develop regulations and guidelines for preventing
occupational illnesses and diseases.
For more information, contact:
Phone: (306) 787-4156
Visit the Saskatchewan Labour website at www.labour.gov.sk.ca