CRD Celebrates NAOSH Week

May 02, 2014

Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District (CRD), in partnership with its unions, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1978 and United Steelworkers (USW) Local 1-1937, are recognizing North American Occupational Safety & Health (NAOSH) Week from May 4 – 10.

NAOSH Week is a continent-wide annual initiative led by the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS). The goal of NAOSH Week is to focus the attention of employers, employees and the general public on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home and in the community.

During the week, a variety of safety-related training programs, activities and events will take place involving CRD staff across the region. Many of the activities engage staff in real work scenarios and will also reinforce the importance of safety at work and at home.

“2013 was a remarkable year for the CRD. We were able to reduce the amount of injury time by 60% over the previous year,” states Chief Administrative Officer, Bob Lapham. In addition, the BC NAOSH Week steering committee recognized the CRD with several awards as a result of our successful NAOSH Week activities. The awards include best overall campaign, best in regional government, as well as an achievement recognition award for organizations over 500 employees.

The CRD is excited to once again participate in NOASH Week and challenges local employers, employees, and the general public to focus on preventing injury and illness in the workplace. www.naosh.org

The CRD is a local government that delivers 200+ regional, sub-regional and local services for residents of the region which includes 13 municipalities and three electoral areas within 2370 square kilometres on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24 member Board of Directors, the CRD is working to serve the public, and build a vibrant, livable and sustainable region.

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For media inquiries, please contact:
Darren Duffey, CRD Human Resources Advisor
Tel: 250.360.3069