News | May 5, 2014

National Strategy To End Workplace Deaths Needed, State Canada's Safety Professionals

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Toronto, ON (Marketwired) - With nearly 3 people dying each day from workplace incidents, the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) recognizes the need for a national strategy to prevent work related deaths. The announcement was made at the national launch of the North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week this morning in St. John's, NL.

"Too often, Canadians that are trying to make a living end up losing their lives," states Andrew Cooper, CSSE president. Annual workplace related deaths increased to 977 in 2012 (from 919 in 2011) according to the Association of Workers Compensation Boards of Canada.

Safety standards vary between provinces, regulatory bodies and organizations. "The patchwork can only get us so far. When it comes to life and limb, we must do better. Canada needs a national strategy to prevent occupational fatalities."

The goal of NAOSH Week is to focus employers, employees, partners and the public on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home and in the community.

Dave Rebbitt, Occupational Safety Researcher, has documented the link between safety professionals and reduced deaths in the workplace. Rebbitt states that their value extends further. "Safety professionals reduce operating costs, lower risk and reduce injuries."

During NAOSH Week, CSSE is encouraging investment in workplace health and safety through events across the country (www.naosh.ca).

About the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering
The Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) is the largest health, safety and environmental organization for professionals in Canada. We work with industry, governmental agencies, and other safety organizations to promote a greater awareness of health, safety, and environmental issues.

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SOURCE: Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE)

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