Safety and Health Week Launches with Live Virtual Event
For Immediate Release
April 27, 2022 – Hamilton, ON – National Committee for Safety and Health Week
From May 1-7, 2022, workplaces across North America will celebrate Safety and Health Week with activities that raise awareness of the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home, and in the community.
The national partners of Safety and Health Week, including the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), and Threads of Life, will officially launch the week on Monday, May 2 with a free virtual event that is open to everyone.
May 2: Safety and Health Week 2022 National Kick-off
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EDT
This free, live event will feature perspectives on workplace health and safety as well as the impacts of workplace tragedies on families. The Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Labour, will deliver greetings to officially launch the week. Guests will hear from national partners Christl Aggus, President, Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE); Anne Tennier, President and Chief Executive Officer, CCOHS; and Shirley Hickman, Founder and Executive Director, Threads of Life. The finalist videos from the Focus on Safety National Youth Video Contest will be revealed and the winner announced. Live French audio interpretation will be available.
After a break, the national launch program will continue with the featured keynote speaker.
May 2: Keynote Address with Tareq Hadhad: Resiliency Through Adversity
1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. EDT
Syrian-Canadian entrepreneur Tareq Hadhad, founder of Peace by Chocolate, shares his emotional journey from Syria to Canada with heartbreaking and perspective shaping stops along the way to inspire others to make their own impact on the world. Live French audio interpretation will be available.
More information about the event and how to register is available on the Safety and Health Week website: www.safetyandhealthweek.ca/english/events.html.
“Safety and Health Week is a call to action for partnership between employers, employees, industry and the public to reach the goal of safe workplaces and communities. This is a priority for our network 365 days in the year. The week provides us with the opportunity to showcase and celebrate the success of these relations.”
- Christl Aggus, President, Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE)
"Imagine a world with no more work-related deaths, no more injuries or occupational diseases, where everyone comes home from work healthy and safe. What a wonderful world that will be! Together, we all have an opportunity to create that world – during Safety and Health Week, and each day of the year."
- Shirley Hickman, Founder and Executive Director, Threads of Life
“The pandemic rooted health and safety firmly into our day-to-day lives like we’ve never seen. The challenge now, as we resume our lives and businesses become fully operational, is to ensure that safe work remains a priority and a visible part of operations. Together with our partners, we hope Safety and Health Week inspires everyone to keep up the momentum surrounding health and safety and do their part to create work environments where people don’t get sick, injured or die because of their job.”
- Anne Tennier, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)
Safety and Health Week is rooted in a community-based approach. Across the country, Safety and Health Week events and activities are coordinated by local, provincial and/or regional workplaces and communities.
Event listings across Canada can be found on the Safety and Health Week website, and there is the facility for organizations to add their own as well.
National partners for Safety and Health Week include the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), and Threads of Life. More information about each partner can be found on the Safety and Health Week website.
Safety and Health Week is a continent-wide event, known also as North American Occupational Safety and Health Week, spanning Canada, USA, and Mexico.
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