Media Advisory - Awards to Honour Ontario Media - 2009 IAPA Russ Ramsay Media Awards Now Accepting Applications

    TORONTO, Oct. 27 /CNW/ - IAPA (Industrial Accident Prevention
Association) is looking for outstanding journalism.
    The 2009 IAPA Russ Ramsay Media Awards for Excellence in Health and
Safety Reporting is accepting applications from all Ontario trade and consumer
media - print (newspapers or magazines), radio, and television - distributed
and broadcast in Ontario that focus on workplace health and safety. Entry
categories include:

    -   Trade Media:
           -  Excellence in print feature reporting
    -   Consumer Media
           -  Excellence in print feature reporting (newspapers and
           -  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).
    The award nomination package, entry form, and additional information are
available on the IAPA website, There is no fee for participating
in the award process.
    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 4 for
Quality Certificate and the Canada Awards for Excellence Gold Trophy Awards
for Quality and Healthy Workplace.
    For more information on the IAPA Russ Ramsay Media Awards and IAPA's
products, programs, and services, call 1-800-406-IAPA (4272), or visit its
website at

For further information:

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

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