April 2015                             FRANÇAIS    ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ    INUINNAQTUN


MAY 3-9, 2015


North American Occupational Safety & Health (NAOSH) Week is here, and the Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) are celebrating!  The goal of NAOSH Week is to focus employers, workers, partners, and the public on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home, and in the community. The theme this year is Make Safety a Habit for your Career.


WSCC celebrates NAOSH Week with events in each community where we have offices. If you're in Iqaluit, Inuvik, or Yellowknife, we invite you to join us in celebrating safety!



To kick-off NAOSH Week's festivities, our Iqaluit office is hosting the Safety Game Show! Held on Monday, May 4 at the WSCC office, company teams of four compete to find out who has the best safety knowledge. Lunch begins at noon, courtesy of Northern Territories Federation of Labour (NTFL). Everyone is welcome to register a team! The Safety Game Show starts at 1pm, so enjoy your lunch and stay to compete.


To register a team for this event, please click here.


On Thursday, May 7, join the WSCC as we partner with the Iqaluit Public Library to present a special safety-themed Story Time at 10:30am! We invite children age 2-5 to hear special safety-themed stories, and talk about being safe.



NAOSH Week continues in Inuvik with a special Safety Forum at 8:30am on Tuesday, May 5, at Tonimoes Restaurant. Guest speakers at this safety discussion include Joseph Arey, the co-chair of the Inuvik Gas Occupational Health and Safety Committee. Join us for the opportunity to share and learn important safety knowledge.


Breakfast is courtesy of NTFL, and all guests receive participant gift bags, as well as an entry into a raffle for a special wellness prize! Check out our website for more details.


To RSVP for this event, please click here.



WSCC concludes NAOSH Week in Yellowknife at Safety Street, on Friday, May 8. With the success of last year's event being held indoors, we are continuing to host our activity in the lower level of Centre Square Mall. Taking place from 11am to 1:30pm, we invite teams of four to register to navigate their way through five safety stations and test their knowledge and skill! This year we will explore the process from worker injury to returning to work. All participants receive a WSCC gift bag, and are invited to enjoy lunch, provided by NTFL.  Registration is open until May 6th. 


Click here to register your team now!


Join us again at 3pm for a special coffee break, courtesy of Northern Safety Association (NSA), where we will announce the winners of Safety Street and award their prizes! 




The WSCC believes that to decrease workplace injuries and illnesses in the future, safety discussions need to start at a young age. With that in mind, we have special youth-focused NAOSH Week activities across both territories to introduce the safety culture to tomorrow's safety leaders.


Colouring Contest

We invite children in kindergarten to Grade 5 to participate in the WSCC's annual Colouring Contest! With the choice of four updated colouring templates (hospital, school, firehouse, and home), we encourage youth to use their creativity and knowledge to not only colour in the scene, but to identify the hazards. 


Deadline for submission is May 15.  Amazon gift cards will be randomly drawn and awarded to a student from each participating grade level, with a matching prize going to the school or library that submits the winning entries. For full rules and instructions, visit our website


Why do you Go Safe?

We invite students in Grades 6-12 to show us why they go safe. Using a character template as the basis and inspiration for this creative project, students are encouraged to show us why being safe is important to them. Draw your favourite hobbies and people, make a collage of things that are important to you, write a short essay, or demonstrate the importance of safety in other ways!  Prizes are Amazon gift cards randomly drawn and awarded to a student from each participating grade level, with a matching prize going to their school or organization. Visit our website for the links to the character templates, as well as rules and instructions.


#WSCCSafetySelfie Challenge

Selfie's are extremely popular on social media, and this year we are tapping into the youth market with an exciting new challenge. We encourage youth to take a photo of themselves (safely) at a Safety Meeting at work, or pointing out a potential hazard, and share it on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #WSCCSafetySelfie. Employers, we encourage you to have your workers age 25 and under participate in this great challenge, and begin some good discussions on safety in the workplace. We will randomly draw and award a FitBit from all of the submissions using the #WSCCSafetySelfie hashtag on Twitter or Facebook. The deadline for entry is May 15.



For the third year in a row, the WSCC presents the Toolbox Challenge! Toolbox meetings are your company's safety meetings, and we want to see the minutes from the latest one. Submit your minutes, clearly labelled as WSCC's NAOSH Toolbox Challenge, by Thursday, May 7, by email or fax (1-867-669-4493) for the chance to win a great safety prize for your company!



Interested in any of these activities, or looking for more information? Check out our website , and email usWe'd love to hear from you!


Working together, we can eliminate workplace diseases and injuries. 

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