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How safe is your workplace?
By Stephanie Wei
Special to The Toronto Sun

These days, Canadians work longer hours and spend more time in the workplace than ever before. As a result, workplace safety has become an important human resources issue.

May 4 to 10 is North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, an annual initiative led by the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety and Human Resources Development Canada, along with partners in Mexico and the United States.

The goal of NAOSH Week is to reduce workplace injury and illness by raising pubic and professional awareness of occupational health and safety issues. This year's NAOSH Week theme is Prevention is the Cure.

In 2001, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board registered 371,067 claims for illness, injuries or fatalities. According to the WSIB, a major step toward eliminating workplace illness and injury is making employers aware of their health and safety responsibilities.

A recent American Society of Interior Designers report showed more than 40% of workers considered health, safety and comfort important to the overall value they place on their work environment.

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