What is North American Occupational Safety and Health Week?

North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSHW)

The first week of each May is set aside, North American-wide, to focus employers, employees, partners and the public on occupational health and safety.  NAOSHW brings awareness to the importance of preventing injury and illness – in the workplace, at home and in the community. 

In 2009, 32 Nova Scotians died and 7,200 were hurt while on the job. 

“We want workplace health and safety to be forever on the minds of each and every person.” said Labour and Workforce Development Minister Marilyn More.  “Any workplace death or injury is one too many,” said Ms. More.

NAOSHW was first launched in June 1997, marked by an agreement between Canada, the United States and Mexico.  Using the Canadian Occupational Health & Safety Week (COHW) as the foundation, NAOSHW became a landmark cornerstone of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). 

NAOSHW is an excellent opportunity to reiterate legislated safety policy and programming including: 

  • your Corporate Safety Statement
  • the function and composition of your Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee (JOHS)
  • the importance of accident / incident / near miss reporting and your Accident Investigation program
  • your Workplace Hazardous Materials System program
  • your Housekeeping Inspection Program
  • your Prevention of Violence in the Workplace program

For more information on occupational health and safety in Nova Scotia and how to protect yourself at work everyday, visit the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/lwd/healthandsafety

Should you require assistance understanding your employer obligations around health and safety programming please contact Sylvain at sylvain@hr-pros.ca

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