FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO – May 22, 2018 - Ensuring that workers in Ontario end each workday unharmed is everyone’s responsibility – requiring collaboration between the Government, business, and employees. That’s why the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP) is running a ‘Commitment to Safer Workplaces’ campaign for Ontario Election 2018.
“We are asking all election candidates to take some time to learn more about occupational health and safety (OHS) and to take our pledge to prioritize policies to improve OHS outcomes as a Member of Provincial Parliament” said BCRSP Governing Board Chair Paul Andre. “Reducing the frequency of workplace injuries and deaths should be a high priority for government, in collaboration with employers, and workers.
Making a Commitment to Safer Workplaces is a simple yet meaningful way to raise awareness about the importance of good OHS policy and practices. To drive the discussion, we are asking election candidates to:
- Take a pledge to prioritize policies to improve OHS outcomes as a Member of Provincial Parliament;
- Complete a hazard assessment of their campaign office, using the RACE model detailed on the Safer Workplaces webpage, to ensure the safety of the many volunteers passing through these facilities during the election campaign; and
- Join the conversation on social media and verify your commitment by posting a picture of you with your completed pledge form or a picture or video of you conducting your office RACE assessment, using #IStandForOHS.
BCRSP sets certification standards for OHS professionals across Canada, by certifying qualified safety practitioners as Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (CRSP)®. There are over 1,400 CRSPs in Ontario, many of whom are engaging with their local election candidates during the election. BCRSP will share with its entire membership which candidates participated in the Safer Workplaces campaign prior to Election Day.