Workplace safety will be under the microscope this week and next week in Lloydminster.
In Lloydminster the early kickoff to mark North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) week is this Friday with a free barbecue at the Community Service Centre from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The goal of NAOSH week, May 6-12, is to focus employers, employees, partners and the public on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home and in the community.
Free fire extinguisher training will be offered during four sessions at the Lloydminster Golf & Curling Centre from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m Friday in keeping with the NAOSH theme Making Safety a Habit.
Awareness and education on workplace safety, health and wellness got underway Wednesday when the City of Lloydminster hosted its annual three-day Minds on Health and Safety (MOSH) week, supported by the Government of Alberta.
There were 166 workplace injuries and deaths in Alberta in 2017 and 27 in Saskatchewan to remind workers of the need for safety.
MOSH week offers all city employees the opportunity to attend safety-focused presentations and interactive demonstrations.
“We are pleased to once again affirm our commitment to workplace health and safety,” said Megan Coulter, city manager of safety, health and wellness.
“Ensuring our people return home safe and healthy at the end of each work day is our main priority.”
The event featured a couple of keynote talks by safety speaker Stuart Ellis-Meyers from British Columbia at the Centennial Civic Centre on Wednesday.
Meyers shared his experience managing tourette syndrome offering real, usable, methodology for overcoming the challenges workers with disabilities confront each day.
MOSH week activities include information sessions on string trimmer and mower safety, yoga, WHMIS, nutrition, addictions and more.
Try-A-Trade also kicked off Wednesday morning with an employer breakfast and safety talk by Jessica DiSabatino in the Prairie Room at the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds.
Her little brother David was killed in a workplace accident in Oakville ON in 1999.
The tragedy led her to advocate for safe workplace everywhere through MySafeWork, formed to prevent workers from getting killed and injured on the job.
Both events were sponsored by the Lloydminster Construction Association with more 1,600 regional students taking part in safety demos and exhibits during Try-A-Trade that morning and afternoon.