May 08, 2014

Safety First in Cape Breton Conference

The Cape Breton Partnership in cooperation with the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education is hosting their second annual Safety First in Cape Breton, a workplace safety and prevention symposium. The conference marks the end of week-long activities in Cape Breton-Mulgrave that celebrated North American Occupational Safety and Health Week. Hosted at the Joan Harriss Pavilion on May 9, 2014, this event is open to individuals and groups across all industries and sectors interested in creating a safe and healthy workplace.


Safety First in Cape Breton provides an opportunity for local organizations to be proactive in their approach to achieving a healthy workplace,” says Keith MacDonald, President and CEO of the Cape Breton Partnership. “This year’s theme is mental health in the workplace and by promoting psychological health as well as physical safety, employers and employees can work together to identify and remove hazards in the work environment. We can collaborate our initiatives to make Cape Breton the safest and most efficient place to do business.”


Industry experts and provincial representatives from the safety sector in Cape Breton-Mulgrave region will be on site at the Pavilion to answer questions and engage in informative dialogue with participants. The day will feature break-out sessions sponsored by Nova Scotia Power Inc. and a lively panel discussion. The keynote address during the luncheon, sponsored by Marine Atlantic, will present a variety of topics relating to safety best practices.


The Honourable Kelly Regan, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education, a keynote speaker for the symposium, will be on hand to discuss workplace issues and risks relevant to our region. “If we make a collective effort to keep safety our top priority at work, we can reduce and even eliminate heartbreaking workplace incidents,” says Hon. Kelly Regan. “This conference will encourage not only Cape Breton, but the entire province to add workplace safety to their list of daily habits.”


This year’s one-day symposium will focus on psychological health as well as physical safety. Presenters will discuss several related topics such as preventing mental injury due to work-related stress, bullying, and discrimination.

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