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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.
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 2014 is Safety & Health: Make Safety a Habit and takes place from Sunday, May 4, to Saturday, May 10, 2014.
You're invited to the launch event on Monday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Cloverdale Rodeo and Exhibition Fair Grounds. Enjoy some light refreshments and hear keynote speaker Matthew Bowcott, who was injured while working as a cook at his first job. Please RSVP for the 2014 NAOSH Week BC launch if you'd like to attend.
Every year, NAOSH Week in B.C. kicks off with a provincial event during the first week of May. In 2014, it will be held on May 5 in the Lower Mainland. Save the date!
In 2013, British Columbia was host of the Canadian launch of NAOSH Week on Monday, May 6, at Shipbuilders' Square in North Vancouver. The event included a dramatic sequence of marine rescues, an on-the-water fire fighting demonstration, and more than 20 interactive health and safety exhibitors. Keynote speaker Walter Gretzky, along with Paralympian Josh Dueck, spoke and met with the public.
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. Award applications and requests for Certificates of Participation must be received at NAOSHBC@gmail.com by June 20, 2014.
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:
Winners of NAOSH Week and CSSE Achievement Recognition awards are acknowledged in October of each year at this event.
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.
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