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child's drawing of job safetyNorth American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH)

May 4th through 10th, 2003

Overall 8,786 workplace fatalities occurred in the U.S. in 2001, including those lost in the September 11 attacks, and tens of thousands more were injured. Each year about 70 teens die from work-related injuries and about 230,000 more suffer from on-the-job injuries and illnesses.

The American Society of Safety Engineers have partnered with the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering in Canada and safety professionals in Mexico, to sponsor NAOSH week. The three hands forming a triangle in the logo shown above, portrays the partnership between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico to increase the awareness of occupational safety and health in reducing injuries and illnesses.

The mission of NAOSH is to:

  • Increase the understanding of the benefits of investing in occupational safety, health and environmental programs among employers, employees and the public.
  • To reduce workplace injuries and illness by encouraging new safety and health activities at all organizations.
  • To raise awareness of the role and contribution of safety, health and environmental professionals.

This year's focus is to educate new and young workers on the importance of workplace safety and to provide information to recognize safety needs when they enter the workforce.

For additional information about NAOSH and the American Society of Safety Engineers(ASSE), please visit the ASSE website.


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