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Why Health and Safety in the Workplace Is Important

YWCA Saskatoon’s Employment and Learning Centre remains closed for in-person programs in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.  We will continue to provide remote services via email, telephone, and social media (Facebook).

We have closed to ensure the health and safety of our staff, clients, and volunteers.  This is especially important in light of tomorrow being April 28 is the National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed and Injured in the Workplace.  The day is not only a day to remember and honour those lives lost or injured due to a workplace tragedy, but also a day to collectively renew our commitment to improve health and safety in the workplace and prevent further injuries, illnesses, and deaths.

The most recent statistics from the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC) tell us that in 2018, 1027 workplace fatalities were recorded in Canada, an increase of 76 from the previous year. Among these deaths were 27 young workers aged 15-24.

Add to these fatalities the 264,438 accepted claims (an increase from 251,508 the previous year) for lost time due to a work-related injury or disease, including 33,058 from workers aged 15-24, and the fact that these statistics only include what is reported and accepted by the compensation boards, there is no doubt that the total number of workers impacted is even greater.

And it’s not just these numbers on which we need to reflect. With each worker tragedy, there are loved ones, family members, friends, and co-workers who are directly affected, left behind, and deeply impacted – their lives also forever changed.

Specific actions our various YWCA Saskatoon’s departments are taking include:

  • Closing non-essential programming (Employment and Learning, Fitness on 25th and Child Development Centre) for in-person services
  • Upgraded cleaning and sanitization within essential services (Crisis Shelter and Residence) and physical distancing.

In order to serve its clients and the community in general, Fitness on 25th has been providing services via FaceBook, Zoom and recently started its own YouTube Channel, see below:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5_E5zVO7xX95pLyD5vw4yg/featured?disable_polymer=1

The Employment and Learning Center is committed to workplace safety, we remind you that you have three basic rights under The Saskatchewan Employment Act.

  • The right to know the hazards at work and how to control them;
  • The right to participate in finding and controlling workplace hazards; and
  • The right to refuse work that you believe is unusually dangerous.

On April 28, tomorrow (the National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed and Injured in the Workplace), we encourage you to continue to respect social distancing, wear a black t-shirt (or ribbon) to remember and honour those lives lost or injured due to a workplace tragedy.

For more information on the National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed and Injured in the Workplace, visit these websites:

https://www.ccohs.ca/events/mourning/

https://www.canada.ca/en/centre-occupational-health-safety/news/2017/04/april_28_nationaldayofmourning.html

https://www.saskatoondlc.ca/our-events/day-of-mourning

https://www.seiuwest.ca/day_of_mourning_april_28_2020

http://www.worksafesask.ca/resources/national-day-of-mourning/?doing_wp_cron=1587491055.8179399967193603515625

Your Employment and Learning staff are working remotely through email or over the telephone. Should you have any questions about workplace safety or require assistance in your job search, feel free to contact any of your Employment and Learning staff for support.  You can reach us at:

Stay motivated, healthy, safe and alive as you achieve your employment goals.