Ontario's Prevention Council Chair released the statement below today:
April 28th marks the annual National Day of Mourning in Canada. This is a day where we pay tribute and remember those who have lost their lives and their loved ones or suffered injury or illness on the job due to a work-related tragedy. In the current pandemic, which has taken many lives and changed the way we work, this day has all the more resonance.
As members of the Prevention Council, we are mandated to work as a strategic team to ensure we provide sound and actionable advice to government and Ontario's industries on the prevention of workplace injuries and occupational diseases in the Province of Ontario, and work diligently to make this our top priority.
This past year has been an unprecedented year for everyone. During these challenging times, we have seen unwavering commitment to workplace health and safety, and we thank you for your continued leadership. We encourage you to remain vigilant and continue to follow the occupational health and safety procedures in your workplaces as well as the COVID-19 guidance and resources issued by the ministry. Please also remember the value and importance of involving your Joint Health and Safety Committee and/or Health and Safety Representative in identifying and addressing health and safety concerns specific to your workplace.
As leaders in occupational health and safety, we encourage you to acknowledge this day within the workplace, but also to collectively use this time to reflect and renew our commitment to eliminating preventable workplace incidents and illnesses in Ontario's workplaces.
National Health and Safety Representative, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers
Fire Chief, Cambridge Fire Department
Construction Manager, Peter Kiewit Sons ULC
Business Manager/Financial Secretary, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Vice President of Health, Safety & Environment, EllisDon
Vice President Workplace Health and Safety Services, WSIB
Director Health and Safety Corporate, Mattamy Homes
Manager, Technica Mining
Colin de Raaf
Director of Training, CLA
Manager, Training and Development GTA, NORCAT
Chief Prevention Officer, Ministry of Labour, Training, Skills and Development
Dr. Isra Levy
Vice President of Medical Affairs and Innovation, Canadian Blood Services
Insulator, Local 95
Erin Oliver (Chair)
Vice President of Health, Safety and Sustainability, Modern Niagara Group Inc.
Patricia Pereira Janicas
Director, Health & Safety, Kenaidan Contracting Ltd
Plant Chairperson, Tormont-Concord Unifor Local 112
Executive Director, LiUNA Local 183
Director, Chair of the Regulatory Committee, Ontario Petroleum Institute
James St. John
Business Manager/Financial Secretary, Central Ontario Building Trades
President, Tickner and Associates Inc
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