NAOSH Week officially kicked off on Sunday, May 6 and runs until Saturday, May 12. NAOSH Week (North American Occupational Safety and Health Week) was first launched in June 1997. During the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks, workplace safety within the boundaries of all three nations was discussed by each country’s labour department representatives. Canada’s representative at these talks was familiar with Canada’s COHS Week (CSSE’s Canadian Occupational Health and Safety Week) and suggested to his Mexican and American counterparts that their countries may wish to become involved in a similar endeavor. It was agreed that CSSE would adopt the North American concept and implement it in place of the Canadian Week, and it was deemed the proprietor and governing body.
The intention of NAOSH Week is to draw the attention of employers, employees, partners, and the public to the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home, and in the community.
Partners in NAOSH Week include:
- Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE)
- Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety (CCOHS)
- Threads of Life
- Employment & Social Development Canada
- American Society of Safety Engineers