WHITEHORSE, YUKON – Air North, Yukon's Airline is a participant this week in the 2014 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week activities, running 4 – 10 May.
The theme of this year's activities is ‘Make Safety a Habit,' and is being spearheaded by the airline's safety office.
"Air North, Yukon's Airline is committed to the health and safety of our employees," said the airline's safety manager, Ray Todd. "The events we organize for NAOSH week are one of the most visible examples of that."
Events include fire extinguisher training, mock fuel spill and fire drills, and a variety of other training exercises designed to make sure that Air North's staff are as aware as possible of what they need to do to keep themselves, their co-workers, the airline's passengers and customers, and the airline's equipment safe.
"These events help us take great strides in educating our staff about health and safety," said Matt Walker, safety officer and organizer of Air North's NAOSH week activities. "We're proud to see tremendous engagement among our staff."
NAOSH week has been practiced by business in Canada since the mid-1980s. The intent is to focus on spreading the message about the importance of safety and health in the community. The Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) and its partners, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada's labour program, and the American Society of Safety Engineers have an active program of events and courses designed to involve not only the profession, but the entire community.
In 2012, Air North's safety office staff were recognized for their efforts in organizing that year's NAOSH week activities with an Honourable Mention award from the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE).