The April 28 National Day of Mourning recognizes workers who have died—and those who are injured or become ill—on the job.
One workplace injury or death is too many. However, Saskatchewan recorded 32 workplace deaths in 2015. The National Day of Mourning reminds us that there is more work to do in the area of workplace health and safety.
Workers have these 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.
Clients of the YWCA Employment and Learning Centre can receive workplace safety training to enhance their skills for finding work. Our Trade Journey participants receive safety training specific to the construction trades. Through fitness memberships and instructor-led group classes, participants help improve general fitness and core strength to minimize workplace injuries. We also support many clients to pursue safety tickets in WHMIS, First Aid, CPR, and AED.
Our organization is committed to a safe and healthy workplace for all of our staff. Staff members are encouraged to pursue safety tickets such as First Aid, CPR and AED, and learning through the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety’s Health and Safety Report.
The YWCA Employment & Learning Centre works to support women and men to acquire skills and create personal goals for employment.
By: Murray Gross
Photo: WorkSafe Saskatchewan