IAPA Wins First Place at International Film and Multimedia Festival

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, July 10 /CNW/ - IAPA (Industrial Accident Prevention
Association) is proud to announce a first place finish at the 7th
International Film and Multimedia Festival in Seoul, Korea during the XVIII
World Congress on Safety and Health at Work: A Global Forum for Prevention,
Safety and Health at Work: A Societal Responsibility. An international jury
awarded IAPA's First 4 Weeks program first place in the Multimedia Training
category at the Festival. IAPA was selected for this honour among 50 other
multimedia applicants from 10 different countries.

    Young and new, inexperienced workers are over five times more likely to
be injured during their first four weeks on the job. According to the
Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), more than 47,500 young workers
(aged 15 - 24) are injured every year; 13,000 of them are injured enough to
take at least one day off work. It is because of this, IAPA developed their
First 4 Weeks program - a comprehensive, job-specific health and safety
orientation program that aims to train the supervisor, as well as the new and
young worker, to reduce their risk of injuries on the job especially during
the first month of work.

    The presentation of the award took place at the closing ceremonies of the
XVIII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work on July 2, 2008. IAPA's
President and CEO, Maureen Shaw, was in Seoul for the presentation.

    "IAPA has been a leader in workplace health and safety in Canada for many
years," says Shaw. "We are constantly striving to make a difference and to
develop new and useful products that will keep workers safe on the job. I am
ecstatic that our hard work and excellent products have been recognized
internationally and are receiving praise at such a significant event."

    Other IAPA products and services accepted by the 7th International Film
and Multimedia Festival for display and judging during the event included the
IAPA Safety Group Learning Nugget, the IAPA Confined Space Tool, and the
Confined Space Entry Learning Package - Involve to Solve. A presentation of
First 4 Weeks, as well as the IAPA Safety Group Learning Nugget and the IAPA
Confined Space Entry "Learning Package" - Involve to Solve was given to
delegates in the multimedia room during the conference.

    This year's International Film and Multimedia Festival saw more than 150
entries from 24 different countries. Other winners alongside IAPA included the
Occupational Safety and Health Council from Hong Kong, China in the Video
Training category and the BGN (Berufsgenossenschaft Nahrungsmittel und
Gaststatten) from Mannheim, Germany in the Film-Video category.

    The International Film and Multimedia Festival is recognized as an
integral part of the World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, this year
held from June 29 - July 2, 2008 at the COEX Convention Center in Seoul,
Korea. The World Congress on Safety and Health at Work is the largest health
and safety event in the world, providing an opportunity for decision-makers,
health and safety professionals, employer and worker representatives, and
social security experts to learn and share with their international peers.
This year, the World Congress attracted more than 4,000 delegates to the
four-day event. Organizers for the event included the Korea Occupational
Safety and Health Agency (KOSHA), the International Labour Organization (ILO),
and the International Social Security Association (ISSA).

    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 further information:

For further information: Meagan Parker, Communications & PR Specialist,
IAPA (Industrial Accident Prevention Association), Tel: (905) 614-4272, ext.
2233, E-mail: mparker@iapa.ca

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