HAMILTON, ONT. – April 28 marks the National Day of Mourning, a day workplaces remember those who have lost their lives or suffered an injury or illness due to their work.
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) says it’s also a day to renew commitment to protecting the health, safety and well-being of all workers, especially those who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the past, employers, unions and workers have observed the day by attending events in person, lighting candles, laying wreaths, or wearing commemorative pins, ribbons or black armbands. However, due to the current public health restrictions across the country, CCOHS is encouraging everyone to pause for a moment of silence at 11 a.m. and to instead consider holding, attending or supporting a virtual event, a release indicates.
CCOHS has compiled several resources that can be incorporated in virtual events including podcast interviews with Threads of Life speakers to hear how they were personally affected by workplace tragedies; sharing CCOHS’ Day of Mourning social media cards; tagging your posts with #dayofmourning; and downloading CCOHS’ collection of Day of Mourning posters to promote the day.
“One death is one too many. It’s for this reason we look to strengthening our resolve to create safe workplaces and protect workers,” said Anne Tennier, president and CEO, CCOHS, in a statement. “Behind every workplace death and injury are family members, friends, co-workers and loved ones whose lives are deeply impacted and changed forever.”
For more information visit www.ccohs.ca/events/mourning.