NAOSH Week Kicks Off May 4th

The North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week kicks off Monday, May 4th and the BC Care Providers Association along with SafeCare BC are encouraging all care providers to participate and promote healthy workplaces. Find out more about NAOSH week in a special post from SafeCare BC.

*SafeCare BC (SCBC) is an industry funded, non-profit society working to ensure injury free, safe working conditions for continuing care workers in BC.

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SafeCare BC Executive Director, Jennifer Lyle, will be presenting two sessions on workplace safety at the 2015 BC Care Providers Association Annual Conference. The two sessions are titled:

SafeCare BC’s sessions are part of a stream of presentations on Occupational Health & Safety(OHS), including a presentation by WorkSafeBC. In this special WorkSafeBC session participants will learn about Point of Care inspections being conducted by Prevention Officers in long-term care facilities and what to expect if an officer shows up at your facility.

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SafeCare BC Challenges Sector to Make Safety a Habit For NAOSH Week.


The North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week kicks off Monday, May 4th with the B.C. Launch Event at BCIT.

NAOSH Week takes place throughout the continent from May 3rd to 9th. The purpose of the event is for workers, employers and those involved in occupational health and safety to come together to promote injury and illness prevention in the workplace. This year’s theme is: Make Safety a Habit for Your Career.

SafeCare BC is once again a proud supporter of the initiative.

“The main goal of NAOSH Week is really to spark a conversation around how we can keep ourselves and each other safe at work, at home, and in the community,” said Jennifer Lyle, Executive Director of SafeCare BC. “That’s really valuable, because we know that the first step to creating change is establishing an awareness that change needs to happen – and how everyone can play a part.”

Although NAOSH Week is only seven days, Lyle stresses the importance of maintaining those safe practices all year round.

“Organizations approach NAOSH Week with the attitude that safety is not a one-and-done exercise,” said Lyle. “It’s what we think, what we do, and what we value. In that sense, safety is a 365-days-a-year initiative that, at its best, is embedded into the organization’s culture.”

The keynote speakers at the B.C. Launch Event are Dr. Ian Pike, co-founder of the ‘Preventable – Have a Word with Yourself’ campaign, and Brad Gorski, a young man who survived a car accident while texting.

The Launch Event runs from 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Great Hall at BCIT in Burnaby.

Key Dates:

NAOSH Week: May 3rd-9th

Kick-off Event: May 4th, Great Hall at BCIT in Burnaby.

To ensure your organization receives your Certificate of Participation for NAOSH week, register at this link by May 30th, 2015. For more information see below or visit the WorkSafe BC website by clicking here.


2015 NAOSH Week B.C.: Make Safety a Habit

The North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week is an annual, continent-wide event where employers, workers, and all partners in occupational health and safety collaborate to promote injury and illness prevention 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.

2015 NAOSH Week

If you’re an employer, NAOSH Week provides an excellent opportunity to focus, reinforce, and strengthen your organization’s commitment to occupational health and safety. Your NAOSH Week theme for 2015 is Safety & Health: Make Safety a Habit and takes place from Sunday, May 3, to Saturday, May 9, 2015.

How to participate

Register your companyin 2015 NAOSH Week B.C. and be entered into a draw to win an Apple iPad!

NAOSH logoSafety & Health (NAOSH) Week Video – “Get Involved!”

Annual B.C. Safety Forum & Awards Luncheon

Winners of NAOSH Week B.C. and CSSE Achievement Recognition awards are acknowledged each year at this event. Everyone is welcome to attend and join in on the celebration.

Participation certificates and awards

Every year, organizations throughout B.C. that participate in NAOSH Week receive a certificate and have the opportunity to apply for an award. Certificates are mailed in October and the awards winners are acknowledged at an awards luncheon. The deadline for2015 award applications and requests for Certificates of Participation is June 2015.There are award categories for a wide range of industries and for large and small businesses. In addition to these industry awards, there’s also awards for:

    • Most Innovative Activity
    • Best Presentation of Theme
    • Best New Entry
    • Best Overall
Annual B.C. launch event

Every year, NAOSH Week in B.C. kicks off with a provincial event during the first week of May. In 2014, Interactive Youth Safety Programs hosted B.C.’s NAOSH Week kick off at the Cloverdale Rodeo grounds. Matthew Bowcott spoke to many high school students about his workplace accident and reinforced that we all have a voice. Attend the NAOSH Week B.C. launch event on May 4, 2015. Save the date and stay tuned for more information.

Other resources

For more information on NAOSH Week, visitwww.naosh.caor

Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE)

NAOSH Week is led by the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (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.

CSSE Achievement Recognition Awards

Giving credit for effort and innovation Now in its 25th year, the BC/Yukon Region of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) recognizes achievement by both individuals and organizations in a variety of categories, including outstanding achievement, special projects, industry specific safety innovations, and young/new worker training/ orientation programs, through the annual Achievement Recognition Awards program. Each year, after the nominations are received, an awards committee selects winners. Awards were presented at the CSSE/NAOSH Week Safety Forum & Awards Luncheon on Thursday, October 23, 2014.

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