OTTAWA, May 5, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch,
Minister of Labour and Minister of the Status of Women, today
challenged all Canadians, especially employers and employees, to help
prevent injuries and illnesses in the workplace, at home and in the
She made the statement upon the launch of North American Occupational
Safety and Health Week, which is held from May 4-10, 2014:
"This annual initiative raises awareness about the importance of
preventing injury and illness in the workplace.This year's theme—Make
Safety a Habit!—focuses on creating positive changes by building safety
habits that will reduce or eliminate workplace accidents.
Proper education and training is an important step in eliminating
hazards and reducing risks in the workplace. It encourages responsible
decision-making and promotes a proactive health and safety culture. To
encourage young Canadians to get involved and help spread the word
about workplace health and safety, the annual "It's your Job!" video contest was launched earlier this year.
Every person, no matter their age or occupation, has the right to return
home to their family safely after their workday. In the federal
jurisdiction, workplace injuries and fatalities are declining, but one
incident is still too many. That's why it's important to work closely
with employers, employees, unions, stakeholders and other governments
to educate workers of all ages.
During North American Occupational Safety and Health week, I encourage
everyone to take part in the activities planned across Canada to help
raise awareness of health and safety in the workplace.
Together, we can make safety a habit!"
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
For further information:
Office of the Hon. Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, P.C., O.Ont., M.P.
Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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