Occupational Safety & Health Professional Day – A Poster from CSSE

Wednesday, May 9th 2012 is Occupational Safety & Health Professional Day in North America. Check out the link to a pdf poster from the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) for more information about the day.

Please take the time to thank your OHS practitioners.  When we get it right, you don’t even notice because the accident doesn’t happen.  We work hard to make sure you get home safe from your day at work.

I’d like to personally thank a great mentor and friend of mine, Stephen Bahm, from the City of London. Stephen is a consummate health and safety professional and leader and has helped many colleagues along the way.  Thank you Stephen for helping me get my start!

Cause safety to happen today in your workplace….Andrew…a Canadian Safety Guy

World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2012

April 28th is soon approaching and in Canada it is the day of mourning for workers killed or injured in the workplace.  

The International Labour Organization also honours the day and calls it World Day for Safety and Health at Work.  This year’s theme is “Green Jobs: promoting safety and health in a green economy”.  Check out the link for more information.

More information about the day of mourning can be found in one of my previous posts.

Cause safety to happen on April 28th and throughout the year…Andrew…a Canadian Safety Guy

April 28 – Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job

I recently posted some promotional material for North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, which is being held on May 1-7, 2011.  Another date to remember here in Canada is April 28, the Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job.  This is an important event for those with an interest in safety in Canada.  It is our somber reminder of the personal, family and community impact of under- and un-controlled workplace hazards.

The Day of Mourning has been observed in Canada for many years as a result of the leadership of the Canadian Labour Congress.   According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), the Day of Mourning was recognized by the Government of Canada in 1991 and on this day every year the flag is lowered to half mast on Parliament Hill.

Over the years, many employers have felt uncomfortable honouring this day, but today more and more workplaces and communities take part.  It’s not about who’s to blame, it’s about who’s going to stop the tragedy in Canadian workplaces.  We all have a role to play in making work safe.

A recent focus by the CLC and other labour groups in Canada is the need to enhance accountability through greater enforcement of health and safety laws. I believe that accountability is a key factor in motivating individuals and organizations to act as they should.  While health and safety laws in Canada are based on the principles of internal responsibility and voluntary compliance, the threat of enforcement and its subsequent impact on organizational stability and reputation drives a lot of due diligence and injury prevention in workplaces across the country.  There are quite a few other very good reasons for protecting people on the job, but knowing that someone is watching is a good thing.

Here are a few other links that you might want to check out for information about the Day of Mourning:

I really like what BC and Nova Scotia have done with their Day of Mourning websites.  Please do check them out.

Another interesting take on April 28th is from the International Labour Organization (ILO).  They have taken the Day of Mourning and turned it into World Day for Safety and Health at Work.  The theme this year for the ILO observance is “OSH management system: A tool for continual improvement”.

Please do mark April 28h on your calendar to observe a moment of silence and remembrance for those killed or injured at work.  Also, take a moment to think about those who are still with us and what you can do to keep them coming home at the end of the work day.  The Day of Mourning is a reminder of the importance of our work and it is our call to action to save lives and make work better.

Cause safety to happen on April 28th and every other day in your workplace…Andrew…a Canadian Safety Guy

May 5th, 2010 – OSH Professional Day

The Wednesday of NAOSH Week is a special day – Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day.  This day is celebrated across North America and it recognizes the amazing contribution of safety professionals in workplaces and communities.

Safety professionals are tasked with guiding organizations, leaders and workers to an understanding of workplace risks and required control measures so that the health and safety of people, property and the environment is protected.  Every day, hundreds of thousands of companies and institutions in Canada and the United States rely on these professionals as internal resources or external advisors to make sure their people get to go home at the end of the work day.

Safety professionals save lives, improve working conditions and are a vital part of an organization’s corporate social responsibility promise.

Here’s a short video from the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) about the value of OSH Professionals:

Please join with the CSSE and the ASSE by marking Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 on your calendar this year.  Make sure that you say thanks to the Safety Pro in your workplace.

…Andrew…a Canadian Safety Guy