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Occupational Health and Safety week at 15 Wing

15 Wing observed NAOSH week from May to 11
15 Wing NAOSH week 2019
(Submitted photo)

Members of 15 Wing Moose Jaw held the North American Occupational Safety & Health (NAOSH) week from May 5th to May 11th at the O.B. Philp Complex. 

The goal of this health and safety weeklong event was to focus employers, employees, partners and the public on the importance of injury and illness prevention in the workplace, at home and in the community1. This year the theme was: People, Passion, Prevention. 

“The more we promote safety, the more it gets in people’s heads and integrates into their routines and becomes second nature. Safer workspaces migrate home, because the safer we are at work, the safer we become at home.” said Carla Forester, 15 Wing general safety officer.

The week’s many events and activities included informative and educational sessions such as stress management, self-defense and awareness on the safe use of cannabis. 

“Occupational health and safety includes a wide breadth of subjects such as food safety, psychological safety (psychologically safe workspaces), construction safety, office ergonomics, operational stress injury prevention, confined spaces, high angle rescue and many more” said Forester. 

May 8th was the highlight of the weeklong event, as 15 Wing hosted a safety fair and luncheon on health and safety issues related to the work done at the Wing. Representatives from local agencies set up booths to talk about safe works habits and some of them even set up specific safety demonstrations. 

Guest Speaker Julius Brown from OSI-CAN, an organization dedicated to helping serving members and veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces and first responder agencies, spoke about Operational Stress Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Support Initiatives. 

Occupational Health and Safety serves to highlight basic safety features and the importance of working safely. It benefits everyone as it facilitates safer workspaces, homes and communities. 

For more information about NAOSH and how to enhance safety at your workplace, visit their website

- Submitted by by Lieutenant Camille Dolphin

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