Canadian Standards Association launches new electronic access to Occupational Health and Safety standards



    TORONTO, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - Canadian Standards Association (CSA), a leading
developer of standards and codes, is today launching a two-year pilot project
to increase accessibility to CSA Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)
standards by offering users access to online viewing. The View Access
initiative has been developed in collaboration with federal, provincial and
territorial OSH governmental agencies. It will allow registered users to
access OHS standards referenced in various Canadian jurisdictions and view the
full content through CSA's website www.ohs.csa.ca
    "Appropriate occupational health and safety practices can mean the
difference between life and death," says Suzanne Kiraly, President, Standards,
Canadian Standards Association. "This initiative will especially help small
and medium-sized organizations improve workplace safety. By making these
documents available we hope that companies will know and apply occupational
health and safety standards."

    CSA is a not-for-profit, membership-based association that develops
standards and provides education and training to ensure standards are applied.
This collaboration with government representatives for Labour is the first of
its kind in CSA's history and is driven by the pressing need to improve
workplace safety.

    "Every year more than 1,000 Canadians die as a result of workplace
injuries and disease. We can and should do more to protect the lives of
workers. We need information, best practices and safer products to make a
difference. CSA believes this new project will serve to raise awareness of OHS
products and services and will help reduce workplace injuries and fatalities
in Canada," says Kiraly.
    For more than 55 years, CSA has worked with the experts to develop
occupational health and safety standards to help safeguard Canadian workers.
View Access is a source for employers to learn more about their rights and
obligations under the law related to OHS and it provides additional resources
that can help employers understand and apply OHS standards. CSA believes this
type of stakeholder collaboration is fundamental to the safety of working
Canadians.
    Federal, provincial and territorial OSH governmental agencies are funding
the development and maintenance of the initiative as a two-year pilot project
and will continue to monitor the overall usage and impact in cooperation with
CSA over the project period. Users can now log into the View Access website
directly at www.ohs.csa.ca

    About CSA

    Canadian Standards Association (CSA) is a membership association serving
industry, government, consumers and other interested parties in Canada and the
global marketplace. As a leading solutions-based standards organization
providing standards and codes development, application products, training and
advisory services, CSA aims to enhance public safety, improve quality of life,
preserve the environment and facilitate trade. The Canadian Standards
Association is a division of CSA Group, which also consists of CSA
International, which provides testing and certification services for
electrical, mechanical, plumbing, gas and a variety of other products; and
OnSpeX, a provider of consumer product evaluation, inspection and advisory
services for retailers and manufacturers. For more information visit
www.csa.ca





For further information:

For further information: Anthony Toderian, Senior Media Relations
Officer, CSA Group, T: (416) 747-2620, E: anthony.toderian@csagroup.org

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