President’s Perspective: New and exciting projects

New and exciting projects are at Canada Safety Council’s (CSC) doorstep for 2008.

The first is the new acquisition of the copyright and ownership of the Canadian Fitness Safety Standards© program. This program offers to help Canadians identify reliable, service-orientated and safety-minded fitness clubs. The standards were developed by the Ontario Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (OASES) under the direction of Fitness Safety Advisory Council. OASES was thrilled when CSC accepted to take ownership of the program. I know that the merit and value of this service will continue to appreciate and expand. The third edition of the Canadian Fitness Safety Standards© can now be purchased from CSC. For more information on the facility recognition program: Safety Matters!, please visit www.canadianfitnessmatters.ca.

A second endeavour that CSC will launch this year is the *Occupational Health and Safety Management System*© (OHSMS) program. A new program crafted to compliment management’s responsibility to educate, train and support all personnel with regards to health and safety in the workplace. I believe that incorporating the OHSMS program will serve to improve overall productivity, enhance communication and create a safe and healthy work environment. It is designed as a practical guide to health & safety requirements and standards (including Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series 18001 and Canadian Standards Association Z1000) and is based on current international best practices. All operators, contractors and suppliers will still need to comply with the Government Acts and Regulations as they pertain to their specific work duties.

This program has been made possible by the co-operation of many individual consultants and Occupational Health, Safety and Environment professionals whose contributions, reviews and comments are gratefully acknowledged. CSC will soon be enrolling candidates for the first certification course. Look for developing news in the months to come.

*Safety, It’s an Attitude*

Jack Smith
President