IAPA Russ Ramsay Media Awards - Call for Nominations Open

    TORONTO, Aug. 7 /CNW/ - IAPA (Industrial Accident Prevention Association)
has officially opened its call for nominations for the 2009 IAPA Russ Ramsay
Media Awards for Excellence in Health and Safety Reporting.
    All Ontario trade and consumer media - print (newspapers or magazines),
radio, and television - distributed and broadcast in Ontario are invited to
submit pieces of work focusing on workplace health and safety. 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

    The IAPA Russ Ramsay Media Awards for Excellence in Health and Safety
Reporting were established by IAPA to honour outstanding journalism that
enhances understanding and awareness of workplace health and safety in
Ontario. This is the second year IAPA will be presenting the award. Inaugural
recipients included Kellie Hudson of CBC Radio (Consumer Media - Excellence in
radio feature reporting) and Michelle Morra of Canadian Occupational Safety
magazine (Trade Media - Excellence in print feature reporting).
    Maureen Shaw, IAPA President and CEO, is proud of what the award
represents, stating, "At IAPA, it is our mission to improve the quality of
life in workplaces and communities we serve. This award recognizes the
critical role media play in helping us achieve our mission and raise the
profile of workplace injury, disease, and death."
    "Our hope is that this award not only acknowledges journalists committed
to excellent journalism and a dedication to sharing health and safety
knowledge with the masses," continues Shaw, "but encourages more journalists
to pursue these very important topics over the next year and into the future."
    There is no fee for participating in the award process. The award
nomination package, entry form, and additional information are available on
the IAPA website, www.iapa.ca. All entries will be judged by a panel comprised
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.
    For award consideration, all materials must be submitted by Tuesday,
February 3, 2009. Only work published or aired between January 1 and December
31, 2008 will be eligible.
    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. This year's
presentation will occur at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto,
Ontario during the conference dates of April 20 - 22, 2009.
    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 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 III for
Quality Certificate, and was a recipient of a Bronze Level Quality Award at
the 2006 Canada Awards for Excellence. For more information, visit our website
at www.iapa.ca.
    For more information on IAPA's products, programs, and services, call 
1-800-406-IAPA (4272), or visit its website at www.iapa.ca.

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: hcampbell@iapa.ca

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