Victoria, BC – The Capital Regional District will be celebrating North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week from May 4-9, 2009. The Safety and Health of its employees is of primary importance to the CRD, and it will be encouraging staff participation in training events. Over 110 events will take place at over 18 locations across the region during NAOSH Week.
The CRD’s participation in NAOSH Week along with other proactive safety programming has assisted in reducing the frequency and severity of incidents and accidents in the workplace and contributed towards a significant reduction in WCB premiums.
This year the CRD will be hosting a variety safety related events and programs. Events will include a Selkirk Trestle Lift and Fall Arrest Demonstration, a Safety Poster Awards Ceremony at the Chinese Public School on May 7, safety training sessions and a Hartland Landfill Tour with students from Prospect Lake Elementary School.
This year, the Housing Corporation and a Chinese Public School in Qingyan, Guangdong, China are partnering to share the message of: “Make it Home Safe, Everyday.” Victoria’s Chinese Public School and the Guangdong school are participating in a safety poster contest, which will encourage safety as a way of life. Safety posters created by the students from each school will be displayed from May 4-7 in the lobby of the CRD (625 Fisgard Street).
Safety Training sessions are being offered for staff at various field and office locations across the CRD, offering staff the opportunity to learn about injury prevention, safety around helicopters, vehicles and machinery, as well as first aid and fire suppression training.
The Selkirk Trestle Lift Demonstration is open to the public and will take place at Selkirk Trestle on the Galloping Goose Trail on Thursday, May 7, 2009, 1pm. CRD Regional Parks Staff will be on hand to answer questions. There will be an historical bridge lift using a hand crank from the early 1900s. The lift takes 30 minutes and involves three people. A Fall Arrest demonstration will be part of the Bridge Annual Inspection. Staff will take part in the inspection, which will include checking the bridge’s bolts. A boat will also be on hand to ensure the workers’ safety.
The Hartland Landfill Tour educational tour for thirty Grade 3 students from Prospect Lake Elementary School will focus on waste reduction, the importance of the “3R's”, and good work safety practices.
North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week was established in 1997 in Canada, the United States and Mexico. Annually, during NAOSH Week these three nations join forces to carry out the goals of NAOSH Week:
- To reduce workplace injuries
- To raise awareness of safety
- To increase understanding of safety
The CRD has won 11 awards for its safety programming over the last five years, including the twice won NAOSH Week Award for Best Safety Programming in Local Government (2003 & 2008).
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For more information please contact:
Sheila Taylor, Manager, Community Relations