April 29, 2011

What's Your Plan?

Kamloops, B.C. - "A Commitment for Life: What's Your Plan?" is this year's theme for North American Occupational Safety & Health (NAOSH) Week. Beginning May 1st to May 7th, the City of Kamloops will be participating in both NAOSH and Emergency Preparedness (EP) Week by offering informational material on preparing your family for an emergency and a safety swim event for the public to participate in.

Emergency preparedness information booths will be set up all week at City Hall and the Tournament Capital Centre for residents to pick-up information on preparing a family emergency plan, 72-hour emergency kits, what to do during floods, and more. The City will also will be testing your knowledge on emergency preparedness by having you fill out a short quiz. Completed quizzes will be entered into a draw for prizes. For information on the rules, see NAOSH and EP Week at: www.kamloops.ca or visit one of the booths.

On Saturday, May 7th, the Canada Games Aquatic Centre will host a Safety Swim from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Kamloops lifeguards will lead active learning stations focused on first aid, personal safety and water rescue skills. The public is encouraged to attend and participate; regular admission will get you and your family into this life saving event! For more information visit www.kamloops.ca/swim.

"NAOSH week presents an excellent opportunity for employees of the City of Kamloops to focus, reinforce and strengthen our commitment to occupational safety and health," says Jennie Inkster, Safety Coordinator for the City of Kamloops. "This year’s theme is 'What's Your Plan?" The City will be providing educational seminars as well as emergency drills with its staff.

Participation and involvement in NAOSH week has been shown to: improve attitudes towards safety, increase understanding of the importance of occupational health and safety, foster a safety-minded culture, increase cooperation, raise awareness, assist in team building and improve communication between employees, safety committees and safety professionals.

For more information on NAOSH week, please visit www.naosh.ca.

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Media Contact:
Alisha Beday, Emergency Planning Coordinator
City of Kamloops
250-828-3465
abeday@kamloops.ca

Jennie Inkster, Safety Coordinator
City of Kamloops
250-828-3510
jinkster@kamloops.ca