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British Columbia will host the Canadian launch of North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week on Monday, May 6, 2013, at Shipbuilders' Square in North Vancouver, located east of Lonsdale Quay along the city's waterfront. This free event includes a dramatic sequence of marine rescues, an on-the-water fire fighting demonstration, a high angle rescue from a crane, and a hazardous materials decontamination demonstration.
The public is invited for a lunch generously provided by White Spot's Food Truck. More than 20 interactive exhibitors will offer simulators, health and safety practical tips and demos, personal bio-metric testing, give-a-ways, contests, and draws. Keynote speaker Walter Gretzky, along with Paralympian Josh Dueck, will speak and meet with the public.
Walter Gretzky was injured on the job in the 1960s when a manhole cover blew up in his face, resulting in a coma and loss of hearing in his right ear. At 23, Josh Dueck was paralyzed from the waist down in a work-related ski accident. Since then, he's become a World Champion sit-ski competitor.
To view photos from the launch event, please visit our Flickr page.
Across B.C., Canada, and North America, workplaces will be marking NAOSH Week, May 5–11, with events, competitions, and public awareness campaigns. For more information about planning a NAOSH Week event, read the 2013 NAOSH Week Planning Guide (PDF 2.5mb). And, if you tell us what you're doing for NAOSH Week in B.C., you'll receive a Certificate of Participation.
The North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week is an annual event where employers, workers, and all partners in occupational health and safety focus on preventing injury and illness in the workplace. It is marked by a 1997 agreement between Canada, the United States, and Mexico, dedicating the first week in May each year to focus on occupational health and safety.
Winners of NAOSH Week and CSSE Achievement Recognition awards were acknowledged at the 2012 Safety Forum and Awards on Thursday, October 25, at Newlands Golf and Country Club in Langley, B.C.
List of winners (PDF 98kb)
NAOSH Week is led by the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers (CSSE) — a safety practitioner organization that works with industry, government, and other safety organizations, to promote a greater awareness of health, safety and environmental issues in workplaces and communities.
The CSSE Achievement Recognition Awards are presented every year to individuals, organizations and groups that demonstrated outstanding commitment and effort to the occupational safety and health field.
List of winners (PDF 93kb)
For more information on NAOSH Week, visit these websites:
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