May 4, 2018
From May 6-12, workplaces across North America will be celebrating North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week with activities that raise awareness of, and educate on, the importance of injury prevention.
Health and safety committees have an important part to play in creating and maintaining safe workplaces. During North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is making its health and safety committees courses available free of charge.
Health and Safety Committees: Provides participants with an introduction to health and safety committees. The course provides guidance on how to establish a new committee, how a committee can perform its functions and how it can be effective. The course introduces the roles and responsibilities of a committee and its members, and offers sample checklists, policies and other useful documents that can be customized for a specific work environment.
Health and Safety Committees in the Canadian Federal Jurisdiction: The Canada Labour Code, Part II requires employers to provide health and safety training to members of policy and workplace committees and health and safety representatives. This course may be used as a part of the required training.
To help inspire organizations and to provide them with tools to create their own North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week program, CCOHS has a variety of free public services such as podcasts and webinars available on its website.
· CCOHS will be participating in the national launch of NAOSH Week, along with other health and safety partners, on Monday, May 7, 2018 in Victoria, British Columbia.
· NAOSH Week is an annual initiative led by the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), Threads of Life, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) Labour Program, and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).
· The NAOSH Week website, www.naosh.org, offers resources and ideas for activities and events to celebrate, as well as a listing of events being held across the country.