News Bites & Looking Ahead

News Bites

  • National Farm Safety Week, from March 14-20, focused on the importance of proper training to ensure the safe operation of all farm vehicles and machinery. Our goal was to raise awareness that injuries and deaths on the farm are preventable, and that safety always needs to be the primary consideration. Our news release was especially well-received by our media partners in rural areas, and generated multiple requests for interviews. The response is encouraging and indicates a strong, continued interest in the area of farm safety.

  • We are accepting applications for the second annual Sarah Beth Therien Memorial Scholarship competition. Information about the $2,500 scholarship and the application form are available at www.canadasafetycouncil.org and at www.ScholarshipsCanada.ca. The purpose of the scholarship, along with honouring Sarah’s memory, is to raise the profile of safety in the minds of young Canadians and to spur creative safety initiatives across the country. The competition is open to current undergraduate and college students. High school students entering their first year of post-secondary studies are also eligible to apply. Applications will be accepted until June 15, 2014. Judging is anticipated to commence shortly thereafter.

 

Looking Ahead

  • Our Annual General Meeting is April 3, 2014, and will take place at the Canada Safety Council’s office in Ottawa. Members are encouraged to attend.

  • National Summer Safety Week is May 1 to 7. Our focus will be on preventing heat-related illnesses and dehydration. Our news release will contain safety recommendations for children and seniors, as well as for workers who spend most of their time outdoors during the summer.

  • National Road Safety Week is May 13 to 19. This safety week will focus on encouraging drivers to ‘share the road’ with vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. It will also give an overview of the responsibilities these vulnerable road users have in ensuring their own safety.