Public Service Announcement
North American Occupational Safety and Health Week
May 1 to 7, 2022
Information for the Public
Release Date: May 1, 2022
The Town of Happy Valley-Goose is pleased to recognize North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week from May 1 to May 7, 2022.
NAOSH Week was first launched in June 1997, marked by an agreement between Canada, the United States, and Mexico. CSSE’s Canadian Occupational Health and Safety Week (COHS) had been observed from 1986 to 1996.
During the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks between the governments of Mexico, the United States, and Canada, workplace safety within the boundaries of all three nations was discussed by government labour department representatives. Canada’s representative suggested to his Mexican and American counterparts that their countries may wish to become involved in a similar endeavor to COHS Week.
The goal of Safety and Health Week is to focus employers, employees, partners, and the public on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home, and in the community.
Three hands forming an equilateral triangle portrays the three participating nations – Canada, the United States, and Mexico – and symbolize joint venture, cooperation, and the commitment to the common goals shared by all occupational health and safety partners. The three sides stand for the partnership of the three countries in this joint occupational health and safety venture, as well as all tripartite partnerships between business, labor, and governments. The connected hands illustrate assistance and cooperation on many levels – from interpersonal relationships in the workplace to international exchange.