The Importance of Workplace Safety

NAOSH Week

The North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week is a continent wide event spanning Canada, the USA and Mexico.  NAOSH Week was created to highlight to the public, government, and industry the importance of reducing injuries and illness in the workplace, at home and in the community.

The goal of the North American Occupational Safety & Health (NAOSH) Week is to focus the attention of employers, employees, the general public and all partners in occupational safety and health on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home and in the community.

NAOSH Week activities:

  • Increase understanding of the benefits of investment in occupational health and safety.
  • Raise awareness of the role and contribution of safety and health professionals.
  • Reduce workplace injuries and illness by encouraging new health and safety activities and interest in NAOSH Week.

NAOSH Week was first launched in June 1997, through an agreement between Canada, the United States and Mexico.  During the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks between the governments of Mexico, United States, and Canada, workplace safety within the boundaries of all three nations was discussed by government labour department representatives.

In the Northwest Territories, NAOSH week activities are delivered by the Workers Safety and Compensation Commission in partnership with the Northern Territories Federation of Labour.  Go the to WSCC website for a full rundown on NAOSH week events: www.wscc.nt.ca

Electing a Government for Safety

Creating a positive safety culture starts at the top.  During NAOSH Week, it’s important to think about how Canadians can ensure we have leadership that cares about the safety of workers.  The Canadian Labour Congress is calling on Canadians to elect Federal and Territorial governments that will:

  • properly enforce health and safety laws, including the criminal code when necessary.
  • prosecute employers under the health and safety laws and provide leadership and guidance to the provinces and territories.li>
  • seriously address the health and safety risks that exist in both our traditional workplaces, and as a result of ever-evolving new technologies.
  • be committed to creating new jobs that are full-time and safe, instead of the unstable precarious work that accounted for 75% of the new jobs created in recent years — work that is more likely to have higher rates of injury, exposure to hazards and risk of disease as well as a lower knowledge of safety laws, employer responsibilities and worker rights.

Later this year, as we go to the polls, let’s remember those who have lost their lives because of their work, or who have been injured on the job.   Let’s vote for candidates who will commit to safer, healthier workplaces.