BACK TO YOU: DON HURST
Mental health, timely locates highlighted at WORKSAFELY®’S COR® MEETING
WORKSAFELY®’s March 30th COR® meeting was delivered both in-person and via videoconference, which covered the following updates:
- Brenda Preston of St. John Ambulance spoke on mental health awareness and managing stress through the pandemic.
- The many strains on our personal and professional lives over the past two years due to rapidly changing restrictions compound the stigma attached to mental health issues .
- John Ambulance can provide resources and training to help workers cope.
- Rob Morrison recapped the Manitoba Common Ground Alliance work on accelerating locates, going into the 2022 construction season.
- MCGA 201 standard has been implemented and the Alliance will soon be offering the standard certification as part of an online course.
- April is Dig Safe Month and MCGA will be continuing to provide awareness of digging safely both professionally and at home.
- Peter Malegus of SAFE Work Manitoba reported current industry injury trends remain low.
- on-going prevention strategies include MSI prevention, occupational disease & illness prevention, psychological health & safety and young worker injury prevention.
- Don Hurst capped off the meeting summarizing WORKSAFELY®’s 2022 priorities, including:
- sustained lower injury rates for the industry
- working with SAFE Work Manitoba in its review of training standards
- return-to-work training and disability-management course implementation
- construction-site safety and enforcement issues
Thank you to all who attended. For more information on topics discussed please contact Sarah Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org.