(Sydney, NS) – The Cape Breton Partnership’s Safety First in Cape Breton Network, in collaboration with the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education and the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia, are pleased to introduce the Safety First in Cape Breton Awards. These Awards are the first of their kind in the region and will be handed out at the fifth annual Safety First in Cape Breton Symposium on May 5, 2017 at Cape Breton University.

The Safety First in Cape Breton Awards honour the employers and employees who are committed to making a recognized effort to ensure safe work practices are used at all levels to avoid accidents and prevent workplace injuries. The Safety Network is looking for nominations from the community to recognize those individuals and businesses who are committed to the advancement of workplace health and safety, by promoting the total wellbeing, including physical psychosocial and mental health of their family, friends, colleagues, and community members.

The five award categories include Young Advocate Award, Innovation Expert Award, Small Business Trailblazer Award, Engagement Ally Award, and the Safety Culture Champion.

“The Safety First in Cape Breton Network brings together a variety of like-minded individuals who are all working towards making Cape Breton the safest place to do business. The awards recognize companies and individuals from across the region who have made outstanding accomplishments in promoting the health and safety of their organizations,” said Keith MacDonald, President and CEO of the Cape Breton Partnership. “The awards are open to all industry sectors and anyone is welcome to submit a nomination. The five categories of awards recognize a range of occupational health and safety elements including employee training, leadership, innovation, and employee engagement.”

Nominations are due on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 4 p.m. Digital nominations can be downloaded and submitted to or you can complete an online nomination form.

For more information about all five categories and the criteria for the Safety First in Cape Breton Awards and the upcoming Safety First in Cape Breton Symposium, visit


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Kate Gorman

Communications and Marketing Coordinator, Cape Breton Partnership