NAOSH Week and EP Week Coincide in 2017

North American Occupational Safety and Health

NAOSH Week takes place from May 7-13, 2017 and its focus is “Make Safety a Habit”. The goal of NAOSH Week is to inspire everyone (employers, employees, the public and partners in safety) to prevent injuries and illness in the workplace, at home and in the community. Knowing exactly what to do in any given situation could be the difference between life and death.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of NAOSH Week. The first NAOSH Week took place in June 1997 after NAFTA talks encouraged Canada, the U.S. and Mexico to assume similar workplace safety initiatives. NAOSH was adopted from the CSSE’s Canadian Occupational Health and Safety Week, originally observed from 1986-96, and extended it to the U.S. and Mexico under the umbrella of North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH). The safety week continues to highlight the importance of increasing safety understanding, raising awareness and reducing injuries and illness to not only the public but to government and industry as well.

Coincidentally, Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) is also observed from May 7–13. EP Week is a Canada-wide initiative coordinated by Public Safety Canada to increase awareness of individual and family emergency preparedness. It is a national awareness initiative that has taken place annually since 1996.

The theme for this year is “Plan. Prepare. Be Aware.” Knowing the risks, having a plan and getting an emergency kit are three surefire ways to maintain safety 24/7 at both work and at home. Because emergency workers go where they’re needed most in the community, they may not be able to get to you immediately in the case of an emergency. You should be prepared (with a properly prepared emergency kit) to be self-sufficient for 72 hours.

Whether you are part of a NAOSH Week planning committee or tackling it on your own, there are several ways to facilitate an effective (and low-cost) week of activities. If you’re not sure how to make this year’s NAOSH Week memorable, why not include tips on how to create an emergency preparedness kit in recognition of EP Week? The most important part of NAOSH is promoting safety at work and at home, so try to have some fun with it.