During North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH Week), May 5–11, 2019, many City staff took advantage of various safety sessions offered for City employees.
NAOSH Week is a North American-wide initiative that aims to highlight the importance of occupational safety and health awareness and to foster a safety-minded culture.
Britney Keys (pictured), a Communications Advisor, attended a session on learning how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED), which is a device used when someone is unresponsive or not breathing. Many City facilities and arenas are equipped with publicly accessible AEDs.
“NAOSH Week promotes improved attitudes about safety and increases the understanding of the importance of occupational safety and health,” said Loren Cusator, one of the City's Safety Advisors.
“Safety is a high priority at the City of Kamloops and the organization is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment. Throughout the year, safety education can cover a range of topics from how to properly use a fire extinguisher, how to handle hazardous materials, how to beat the heat (for seasonal outdoor workers), to how to have conversations around cyber safety and mental health,” Cusator added, noting that NAOSH Week is an opportunity to have a condensed period of safety education with sessions that are relevant for all staff.
The City of Kamloops coordinated over 30 safety and health sessions for staff during NAOSH Week.