NEW Ontario Health and Safety Conference and Trade Show

    
                         PARTNERS IN PREVENTION 2010
                               May 4 - 5, 2010

    PRE-CONFERENCE PROGRAM for SMALL BUSINESSES and ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERS
                                 May 3, 2010
    

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Feb. 3 /CNW/ - The Ontario workplace health and safety system, comprising of four newly amalgamated organizations - Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA), Health and Safety Association for Government Services (HSAGS), Safe Workplace Promotion Services Ontario (SWPSO), and Workplace Safety North (WSN) - is pleased to announce a new health and safety conference and trade show.

Partners in Prevention 2010: Ontario Health & Safety Conference & Trade Show takes place at the International Centre located at 6900 Airport Road in Mississauga, May 4 - 5, 2010, with a pre-conference program for small businesses and organizational leaders on May 3, 2010.

This inaugural event promises to deliver an engaging, interactive, and meaningful experience for all who attend. Partners in Prevention 2010 will provide delegates with opportunities to expand their health and safety knowledge, while developing practical tools and applications that will assist them in reducing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in their workplaces. This progressive approach to health and safety demonstrates that being safe and healthy while on the job is everyone's business and illustrates the significance of creating a national habit of safety.

Leading-edge sessions and workshops focusing on major hazards, healthy workplaces, ergonomics, and more, along with professional development courses and celebrated keynote speakers will round out the two days of unparalleled learning, knowledge exchange, and networking. In addition, the trade show will feature three shows co-locating with Partners in Prevention 2010.

The pre-conference program on May 3, 2010 will focus on two key areas: small businesses and organizational leaders. By attending the Small Business Forum, small businesses will uncover the value of health and safety through its connection to business sustainability and profitability. At the Leadership Summit, leaders will be engaged in learning how to evolve a healthy workplace from a health, safety, and environment initiative into a critical component of an organization's culture.

    
    Keynote Speakers
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    Partners in Prevention 2010 welcomes these renowned keynote speakers:

    -   Cameron Herold, Former Chief Operating Officer (COO) of 1-800-GOT-
        JUNK?, Building a World Class Culture with Engaged Talent: One of
        Canada's most innovative business leaders, Cameron Herold was COO of
        1-800-GOT-JUNK? He helped build the business in 46 states, 9
        provinces, and four countries, growing it from $2 million to $105
        million in revenue in six years. In 2007, it was rated the number two
        company to work for in Canada by Canadian Business Magazine.
        (Tuesday, May 4, 8:00 a.m.)

    -   Bruce Lourie, Co-Author, Scientist, and Author of Slow Death by
        Rubber Duck: How the Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Life Affects our
        Health: One of Canada's most influential environmental leaders, Bruce
        Lourie's 20-year career is built on creating collaborative solutions
        to challenges facing non-profits, government, and the private sector.
        Based on research on environmental and household toxins, Slow Death
        by Rubber Duck landed No.1 on the Amazon.ca best-selling list and has
        been a Globe and Mail best seller. (Wednesday, May 5, 12:30 p.m.)

    Trade Show, May 4 -5, 2010
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There are three other trade shows that will be co-locating with Partners in Prevention 2010.

Together, the Canadian Environmental Conference and Tradeshow (CANECT) and the Machine Automation Safety Congress (MASC) bring more than 2,000 delegates to the trade show. Your Workplace, a wellness resource for Canadians, will bring an additional 400 delegates to the trade show. They have a suite of tools, including a magazine, website, seminars, resource directory, and more, to help organizations improve their health and wellness. Both CANECT and Your Workplace will also be offering a variety of sessions to their respective conference attendees.

These four shows combined will feature more than 400 exhibitors, offering delegates the complete realm of health, safety, wellness, environmental, and machine automation solutions.

    
    About the Ontario Workplace Health and Safety System
    ----------------------------------------------------
    

The emotional and financial toll of 80 to 100 workplace fatalities each year and 1,600 workplace injuries each week* has spurred Ontario's workplace health and safety system to undertake a critical assessment and restructuring of its programs and services, so it can better assist Ontario businesses in reducing the number of injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in their workplaces. As a result of these changes, 12 of the province's health and safety associations have amalgamated to form four new organizations, effective January 1, 2010. Combined, these four organizations serve more than 236,000 Ontario businesses. The four new organizations are:

    
    -   Health and Safety Association for Government Services (HSAGS)

           -  Education Safety Association of Ontario (ESAO)
           -  Municipal Health and Safety Association (MHSA)
           -  Ontario Safety Association for Community and Healthcare (OSACH)

    -   Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA)

           -  Construction Safety Association of Ontario (CSAO)
           -  Electrical & Utilities Safety Association (E&USA)
           -  Transportation Health and Safety Association of Ontario (THSAO)

    -   Safe Workplace Promotion Services Ontario (SWPSO)

           -  Farm Safety Association (FSA),
           -  Industrial Accident Prevention Association (IAPA),
           -  Ontario Service Safety Alliance (OSSA)

    -   Workplace Safety North (WSN)

           -  Mines and Aggregates Safety & Health Association (MASHA)
           -  Ontario Forestry Safe Workplace Association (OFSWA)
           -  Pulp and Paper Health & Safety Association (PPHSA)

    * WSIB - Ontario's Prevention System: A New Direction Business Case -
        Health & Safety Association Realignment
    

For more information on Partners in Prevention 2010: Ontario Health & Safety Conference & Trade Show, visit the website at: www.PartnersinPreventionOntario.com.

    
                                 BACKGROUNDER
                                 ------------

                         PARTNERS IN PREVENTION 2010
                               May 4 - 5, 2010

    PRE-CONFERENCE PROGRAM for SMALL BUSINESSES and ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERS
                                 May 3, 2010
    

Q - What is Partners in Prevention 2010?

A - Partners in Prevention 2010 is a new workplace health and safety conference and trade show for Ontario businesses. The event is taking place at the International Centre, which is located at 6900 Airport Road in Mississauga, May 4 - 5, 2010, with a pre-conference program for small businesses and organizational leaders on May 3, 2010.

Q - Who is hosting this event?

A - The Ontario workplace health and safety system, comprising of four newly amalgamated organizations - Health and Safety Association for Government Services (HSAGS), Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA), Safe Workplace Promotion Services Ontario (SWPSO), and Workplace Safety North (WSN) - is hosting this inaugural event.

Q - What organizations have amalgamated into these new associations?

A - Effective January 1, 2010, 12 provincial health and safety associations amalgamated to form four new organizations:

    
    - Health and Safety Association for Government Services (HSAGS)

           -  Education Safety Association of Ontario (ESAO)
           -  Municipal Health and Safety Association (MHSA)
           -  Ontario Safety Association for Community and Healthcare (OSACH)

    -   Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA)
           -  Construction Safety Association of Ontario (CSAO)
           -  Electrical & Utilities Safety Association (E&USA)
           -  Transportation Health and Safety Association of Ontario (THSAO)

    -   Safe Workplace Promotion Services Ontario (SWPSO)

           -  Farm Safety Association (FSA),
           -  Industrial Accident Prevention Association (IAPA),
           -  Ontario Service Safety Alliance (OSSA)

    -   Workplace Safety North (WSN)

           -  Mines and Aggregates Safety & Health Association (MASHA)
           -  Ontario Forestry Safe Workplace Association (OFSWA)
           -  Pulp and Paper Health & Safety Association (PPHSA)
    

Q - Why have these changes/amalgamations taken place?

A - The emotional and financial toll of 80 to 100 workplace fatalities each year and 1,600 workplace injuries each week* spurred Ontario's workplace health and safety system to undertake a critical assessment and restructuring of its programs and services, so it can better assist Ontario businesses in reducing - and eliminating - the number of injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in their workplaces.

    
    * WSIB - Ontario's Prevention System: A New Direction Business Case -
        Health & Safety Association Realignment
    

Q - What are the benefits of these changes/amalgamations?

It is possible for every organization in Ontario to achieve zero injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. By joining forces, there is more that can be done together to keep Ontario workplaces safe and healthy and to put an end to workplace tragedy. Some of the benefits of coming together to serve Ontario workplaces include:

    
    -   Innovative and cost-effective solutions
    -   More resources and training opportunities
    -   Sector-specific products and services
    -   One website, one phone number
    -   Easier access to information, advice, and training
    

In addition, this realignment is about having the ability to reach more workplaces with more resources, as well as making it easier for the customer to access the resources, products, and services they need to become safer and healthier.

    
    Q - Does Partners in Prevention replace the Health & Safety Canada
    Conference and Trade Show hosted by IAPA (Industrial Accident Prevention
    Association)?
    

A - Yes. With the Ontario health and safety system undergoing a restructuring to better serve Ontario businesses with their health and safety needs, it was timely to also review the various product and service offerings from within the health and safety system. As a result, it was determined that Ontario businesses would greatly benefit from a provincial health and safety conference and trade show, supported by all of the newly amalgamated organizations within the system. Thus, Partners in Prevention 2010 was born.

    
    Q - What can delegates expect from this new provincial health and safety
    conference?
    

A - Delegates will be able to tap into the collective experience and resources of Ontario's entire workplace health and safety system, as each of the newly amalgamated health and safety associations have collaborated on the conference program and its related events.

The conference will be engaging and interactive and will provide delegates with opportunities to not only expand their workplace health and safety knowledge but to walk away with practical applications that they can use in their own workplaces, which will help their organizations reduce injuries, illnesses, and fatalities.

Delegates will be able to attend leading-edge sessions and workshops that focus on major hazards, healthy workplaces, small business, leadership, and more. Professional development courses will also be part of the conference program for those interested in furthering their education and designations.

Q - Tell me about the trade show component.

A - There are three other trade shows that will be co-locating with the Partners in Prevention 2010 trade show - the Canadian Environmental Conference and Tradeshow (CANECT), the Machine Automation Safety Congress (MASC), and Your Workplace.

Together, CANECT and MASC bring more than 2,000 delegates to the trade show. Your Workplace, a wellness resource for Canadians, will bring an additional 400 delegates to the trade show. They have a suite of tools, including a magazine, website, seminars, resource directory, and more, to help organizations improve their health and wellness. Both CANECT and Your Workplace will also be offering a variety of sessions to their respective conference attendees.

Combined, these four shows will feature more than 400 exhibitors, offering delegates the complete realm of health, safety, wellness, environmental, and machine automation solutions.

SOURCE INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT PREVENTION ASSOCIATION

For further information: For further information: For further media information, contact: Holly-Ann Campbell, Manager, Corporate Communications, (905) 614-4272, ext. 2437, hcampbell@iapa.ca

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