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CCOHS kicks off Safety and Health Week 2021 with virtual events

CCOHS kicks off Safety and Health Week 2021 with virtual events

HAMILTON, ONT.—Safety and Health Week runs until May 8 this year and the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is offering a free program of live virtual events to help workplaces celebrate throughout the week.

With occupational health and safety top of mind now more than ever, the CCOHS lineup will feature events on workplace wellness, mental health support, pandemic planning and risk assessments. The sessions are open to anyone who wants to attend.

CCOHS will host a Safety and Health Week kick-off event May 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (EDT) with special guest Minister of Labour Filomena Tassi, Shirley Hickman, executive director of Threads of Life, and Canadian Society of Safety Engineering president Deirdre O’Reilly. The winners of the national Focus on Safety Youth Video Contest will also be announced.

On May 4, a session billed Better Your Business Through Workplace Wellness Programs will outline how wellness programs are a vital part of the business model and will provide tips on achieving employer support, indicates a release. Raf Bartkow and Peter Neufeld of Maple Leaf Foods will share their experience in creating employer wellness programs. It will be held from 1 to 1:45 p.m.

A 20-minute midweek meditation, taking place from 1:30 to 2 p.m. EDT, aims to help participants pause, relax and reflect.

The Lead the Way to a Culture of Workplace Health and Safety session will be held May 6 from 1 to 1:45 p.m. EDT.

Dane DeMan, team lead, environmental and occupational health support services at McMaster University, and Roger Couldrey, vice-president, administration will share tips and insights on how to keep safety culture and hazard and risk assessments top of mind for organizations even post pandemic.

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