International Health & Safety Community Focuses on Ontario



    International Association of Labour Inspection (IALI) Conference 2007

    Toronto to Host First North American Conference of the
    International Association of Labour Inspectors
    April 18 - 20, 2007

    TORONTO, March 26 /CNW/ - The international health and safety community
will focus on Ontario's best practices in health and safety when the
International Association of Labour Inspectors (IALI) Conference 2007 lands,
for the first time in North America, in Toronto from April 18 - 20, 2007.
    Partnering with the Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) and IAPA (Industrial
Accident Prevention Association), in cooperation with the International Labour
Organization (ILO), the Government of Canada, and Ontario's Workplace and
Insurance Board, the IALI Conference 2007 will run in conjunction with IAPA's
Health & Safety Canada 2007, Canada's largest health and safety conference and
trade show. Both shows take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and
share a common theme: "Innovative Strategies for Safer & Healthier
Workplaces." The sub-theme for IALI's conference is "From Compliance to High
Performance."
    "We at the Ontario Ministry of Labour, as conference hosts, are proud of
our accomplishments in improving workplace health and safety and reducing
injury," said Ontario Minister of Labour Steve Peters. "The great success of
our strategy to reduce workplace injuries by 20 per cent is recognized
internationally in IALI's decision to hold its conference here - the first
time in North America. I bid a warm welcome to all delegates."
    On April 18, 2007, in the presence of national and international guests
as well as provincial and federal government dignitaries, the conference opens
with a joint ceremony that officially closes the 90th annual IAPA conference
and opens the IALI conference. Stephen Lewis, former United Nations envoy for
HIV/AIDS, will deliver a keynote address entitled, "Where in the World is the
World Headed?"

    The conference welcomes four additional keynote speakers who will address
conference delegates on various topics:
    
    -  Gerd Albracht, Senior Specialist in Occupational Safety and Health,
       Coordinator Development of Inspection Systems, International Labour
       Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
    -  Helle Tosine, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Labour
    -  Michele Patterson, President of the International Association of
       Labour Inspection; Executive Director of Safework SA in South
       Australia (the State's labour inspectorate), South Australia's
       representative on the National Australian Safety and Compensation
       Council
    -  Dr. Malcolm K. Sparrow, Professor of the Practice of Public Management
       at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
    -  The Honourable Jean-Marc Blackburn, federal Minister of Labour
    -  Perrin Beatty, President and CEO, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters
    

    Attended by national and international CEOs, policy makers, inspectors,
government institutions, and the inspectorate, delegates will learn through
five conference themes: Regional Cooperation, Modernizing the Labour
Inspectorate, Targeted Inspection and Enforcement, Measuring the Impact of
Labour Inspection Activities, and Innovative Approaches - from Compliance to
High Performance. IALI 2007 conference delegates will also be offered
opportunities to tour worksites and see Canadian best practices in health and
safety, up close and personal. Accompanied by an inspector from the Ontario
Ministry of Labour, tours are scheduled for the Elora Dairy Research Centre in
Elora; Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. in Bolton; CVRD INCO in Sudbury;
Honda of Canada Manufacturing automotive plant tour; and a construction tour
of the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal site at the Royal Ontario Museum.

    The International Association of Labour Inspection (IALI) was established
in 1972 in order to provide professional support to labour inspection
organizations through the world. Since its inception, IALI has worked in close
partnership with the ILO and was formally admitted into the ILO's list of
international non-governmental organizations in 1978. IALI organizes
conferences in different parts of the world, often organized jointly with the
ILO and/or other organizations in the host country. As mentioned, the Toronto
conference in April represents the first time the organization has chosen to
hold a conference in North America.

    International Association of Labour Inspectors (IALI) Conference 2007 is
presented by the International Association of Labour Inspection (IALI),
Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL), and Industrial Accident Prevention
Association (IAPA), in cooperation with the International Labour Organization
(ILO), the Government of Canada, and the WSIB.
    For more information on the IALI conference, log on to www.iapa.ca/iali
or download the conference preliminary guide at:
http://www.iapa.ca/documents_ext/IALI_conf_program_guide.pdf




For further information:

For further information: Edye Rome, Edye Rome Communication Services,
(416) 785-6213, edyerome@sympatico.ca or Vince Ciarlo, (416) 763-3783,
vciarlo@idirect.com

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