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Nova Scotians Have Access to First Class Resources for Working Safely

first_imgNorth American Occupational Safety and Health Week brought a focus to the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home and in the community. Last week, May 6-12, the focus was on employers, employees, the public and partners keeping people safe at work. But it is important to remember that everyone in the workplace shares the responsibility to spot, report and address workplace hazards. Knowing the resources to establish and support safety programs is crucial. Nova Scotia has a number of information sources for occupational health and safety. The Workplace Safety Insurance System is a collection of agencies that work together to help keep people healthy and safe at work. It is comprised of the Workers’ Advisers Program, Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal, occupational health and safety division of the Department of Environment and Labour, and the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia. They insure against loss, support workers’ rehabilitation and address all aspects of occupational health and safety in the province. The Nova Scotia Safety Council is also key to worker safety. It delivers world-class safety and health products, services and training. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety is a federal government agency that supports the vision of eliminating work-related illnesses and injuries. The centre provides unbiased, relevant information and advice that supports responsible decision making and promotes safe and healthy working environments. The centre offers a selection of occupational health and safety information in clear language that is appropriate for all levels of safety practice — from the general public to health and safety professionals. Internationally, centre is renowned as an innovative, authoritative occupational health and safety resource. Also nationally, The Canadian Society of Safety Engineering promotes a greater awareness of health, safety and environmental issues in workplaces and communities around the world. It offers safety courses, safety consultant certification, special events and more. Many job settings have specific health and safety challenges. Organizations or sectors may also have specific people or resources. The Department of Environment and Labour offers many publications and tools that apply to the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Going beyond enforcement, the department connects safety planners with the resources needed to create effective workplace safety program, including materials to help implement the new Workplace Violence Prevention Regulations and strategy. These materials and helpful web links, can be accessed on the Environment and Labour website at www.gov.ns.ca/enla or by calling 1-800-952-2687. -30-last_img read more