National Day of Mourning is April 28th

What is National Day of Mourning?

National Day of Mourning occurs annually on April 28th in Canada in recognition of all the workers who have been killed, injured, or suffered illnesses due to their workplace hazards and/or exposures. The Day of Mourning is also intended to recognize the families of these workers and the ways their lives have been impacted by the loss, injury or illness of their loved one. Not only is the day of mourning intended to pay respects to those affected by workplace deaths and injuries, but it is also used to promote workplace health and safety and spread awareness of the risks of certain occupations. This day takes a stand against workplace fatalities and injuries, to promote that every worker has a right to a physically and psychologically safe work environment, and should go to work knowing they will return home safely at the end of the day.

Workplace Health and Safety

Naturally, there are going to be some careers and jobs that inherently have more risks than others. For example, there are a lot more unpredictable risk factors for a police officer in comparison to an accountant. This is why it is important to take every precaution in relation to the position, workplace and worker to ensure minimal risk factors.

Gowan Consulting knows that education, intervention, accountability and prevention are the best ways to ensure health and safety in the workplace. We can work together with the employer, employee, work place stakeholders and job role to ensure all health and safety protocols have been met! Check out the strategies below that Gowan Consulting is equipped to assist your workplace in implementing!

10 Strategies to Improve Health and Safety in the Workplace

  1. Complete a risk analysis of your workplace, including any physical hazards, violence risks and psychological risk factors.
  2. Implement a buddy safety program – Suggest that teams of individuals work together to identify risks, outline ways to improve safety and take on at least one task that will improve the safety in the workplace.
  3. Ensure that everyone in the organization is trained to spot and eliminate safety risks.
  4. Develop data management processes to identify risks, prioritize concerns and assign budget and actions to each risk.  Complete a baseline and regularly audit
  5. Report the costs of health and safety in the organization to senior management – keep it on the leadership agenda.
  6. Develop a Psychologically Healthy and Safe Workplace Strategy – Workplace injuries are not always physical. Mental health can be severely impacted in certain professions – check out our prevention plan webinars on resiliency.
  7. Hire an Occupational Therapist to perform an ergonomic assessment of the workplace, worker and equipment.
  8. Consider how to reduce safety risks when an employee returns to the workplace following a injury or illness – an Occupational Therapist can assist with this analysis and perform a return to work program with stay at work solutions!
  9. Have objective third party audits completed to ensure legal and best practice compliance.
  10. Do not stray from putting health and safety as a number one priority! Enforce a zero-tolerance policy for unsafe work behaviours, violence and harassment!

Pledge to End Workplace Deaths and Injuries!

In honour of National Day of Mourning, we ask that you take the time to pledge putting an end to workplace tragedies! If you would like assistance ensuring your workplace is as safe as possible, contact us! For self-education, check out our webinar and workshop options on mental health, ergonomics, injury prevention and more!

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