Call for Nominations Now Open - 2010 IAPA Russ Ramsay Media Awards

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 12 /CNW/ - IAPA has officially opened its call for
nominations for the 2010 IAPA Russ Ramsay Media Awards for Excellence in
Health and Safety Reporting.
    All print (consumer and trade), radio, and television media distributed
and broadcast in Ontario are invited to submit work focusing on workplace
health and safety for award consideration. New this year, university and
college student entries will also be accepted. Entry categories include:

    -   Trade Media:
        -  Excellence in print feature reporting

    -   Consumer Media
        -  Excellence in print feature reporting (newspapers and magazines)
        -  Excellence in radio feature reporting
        -  Excellence in television feature reporting

    -   Student Media:
        -  Excellence in print feature reporting (newspapers and magazines)
        -  Excellence in radio feature reporting

    The IAPA Russ Ramsay Media Awards for Excellence in Health and Safety
Reporting was established by IAPA to honour outstanding journalism that
enhances the public awareness and understanding of workplace health and safety
issues. This is the third year IAPA will be presenting the award. Past award
winners include, Dan Birch - OHS Canada magazine (2009), Kellie Hudson - CBC
Radio (2008), and Michelle Morra - Canadian Occupational Safety magazine
    "At IAPA, we understand the critical role media play in helping us
achieve our mission to improve the quality of life in the workplaces and
communities we serve," says Maureen Shaw, IAPA President and CEO. "We are
proud to acknowledge journalists who not only excel at their craft, but who
show a dedication to sharing health and safety knowledge with the public and
hope that this award encourages more media to pursue these important topics in
the future."
    "I am extremely excited that we were able to expand the award to include
student media and see this as a fabulous opportunity to have health and safety
information circulate among younger audiences."
    For award consideration, all materials must be submitted by Tuesday,
February 9, 2010. Only work published or aired between January 1 and December
31, 2009 will be eligible. There is no fee for participating in the award
process. All entries will be judged by a comprehensive panel of media
professionals and IAPA staff and will be evaluated based on how well the issue
of workplace health and safety is covered, the quality of story delivery, and
how in-depth and accurate the coverage is on the issue.
    The award nomination package, entry form, and additional information are
available on the IAPA website,, under the 'Outreach' section.
    The IAPA Russ Ramsay Media Awards for Excellence in Health and Safety
Reporting are presented annually at IAPA's national conference and trade show,
Health & Safety Canada - the largest event of its kind in Canada. The 2010
awards will be presented during the conference dates of May 3 - 5, 2010 at the
Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario.
    Russ Ramsay was IAPA's fifth and last general manager (1987 - 1995). He
was a broadcaster, a legislator, and a pioneer in the promotion of workplace
health and safety as a critical societal issue. He was affiliated with the
broadcasting industry for more than 30 years, holding such esteemed positions
as President of the Central Canada Broadcasters' Association and a Board
member of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters. He was a former Minister
of Labour for the Province of Ontario and was also a recipient of the Order of

    IAPA (Industrial Accident Prevention Association) is a not-for-profit,
member-driven organization operating in Ontario since 1917. Representing
approximately 50,000 member firms and more than 1.5 million Ontario workers,
IAPA is Canada's leader in workplace health, safety, and employee well-being.
IAPA is focused on providing industry-leading training, consulting,
educational products, and informational services that meet our members' needs
and the needs of those in their communities. IAPA is also recognized as a
World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Occupational Health and an
International Labour Organization - CIS Collaborating Centre. IAPA is ISO 9001
certified, has been awarded the National Quality Institute's Progressive
Excellence Program Level 5 for Quality Certificate and the Canada Awards for
Excellence Gold Trophy Awards for Quality and Healthy Workplace.
    For more information on IAPA's products, programs, and services, call
1-800-406-IAPA (4272), or visit its website at

For further information:

For further information: on the awards: Holly-Ann Campbell, Manager,
Corporate Communications, IAPA (Industrial Accident Prevention Association),
Tel: (905) 614-4272, ext. 2437, Email:

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