October 24, 2011

City Receives High Honors for NAOSH

Kamloops, B.C. - The City of Kamloops received high honors on October 20th, 2011 as City representatives Caleb Mierau - Senior Safety Advisor, Jennie Inkster - Safety Coordinator and Alisha Beday - Corporate Programs & Emergency Coordinator accepted three awards from the BC and National NAOSH Week Steering Committees.

The City of Kamloops was the 2011 Provincial NAOSH recipient of two awards in the categories of Best in Local Government and Best Presentation of Theme for BC. Nationally, the City received high honors in the category of Best New Entry in Canada.

These annual awards are presented to individuals, organizations and groups who have demonstrated outstanding effort and commitment to Occupational Health & Safety. In 2009, the City of Kamloops also received an Honorable Mention and in 2010 won an award for Best in Local Government. Kamloops can be proud to demonstrate its ongoing leadership in occupational health and safety in the workplace.

The goal of North American Occupational Safety & Health (NAOSH) Week is to focus the attention of employers, employees, the general public and all partners in occupational safety and health on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home and in the community. "A Commitment for Life: What's Your Plan?" was the theme for this year's NAOSH Week, which took place from May 1st to May 7th. Activities during NAOSH Week included Emergency Preparedness info booths, a Safety Swim, a poster contest, educational seminars and an emergency drill involving a mock chlorine leak for City staff.

To speak to the importance of workplace safety, the City of Kamloops hosted paralympian Jessica Vliegenthart who addressed a full management meeting of City staff on Friday, October 21st, 2011. Jessica stated, “We need to start the conversation about workplace health and safety. Talking about safety shouldn't be viewed as troublesome or a chore. Lives can be permanently changed or lost in an instant. No job is worth that kind of sacrifice.” Jessica was a firefighter injured on the job in a workplace accident that left her a paraplegic. She has gone on to become a world champion in wheelchair basketball and will represent Canada at the London 2012 Paralympics.

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