Special events organized to celebrate NAOSH Week, May 3 to 7

York University, along with other institutions and organizations across North America, will support and celebrate North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week 2021, May 3 to 7.

NAOSH Week is an international initiative focused on highlighting the importance of health and safety in all aspects of our lives.

Portrait of Sheila Cote-Meek, York University's inaugural VP Equity
Sheila Cote-Meek

“While NAOSH Week is important every year, this year’s NAOSH Week is particularly poignant as many of us continue to navigate this new reality of living in a pandemic, says Vice-President Equity, People and Culture Sheila-Cote-Meek. “It has been over a year that we have been in this pandemic and we know our community members, staff, faculty, instructors and our students are challenged with balancing work and life.”

“The frequent changes of directives from the government during the various stages of the pandemic has certainly added pressure, whether working from home, or on campus providing essential services,” says Cote-Meek. “We are grateful to each and every one of you for your commitment to York University during these challenging times. We wish you and your families well as we work together in navigating through this pandemic.”

The Health, Safety and Employee Well Being (HSEWB) unit at York University recognizes the commitment to workplace health and safety by faculty and staff. The unit is celebrating NAOSH Week by hosting a series of proactive wellness sessions.

HSEWB is offering three virtual drop-in sessions and three activities throughout the week. Click on the event title (below) to register for the session or to download the activity. Participants can enjoy the activities individually or complete them virtually as a team. If working on the activities as part of a team in person, remember to maintain physical distancing and wear a mask or face covering. To learn more, visit the HSEWB NAOSH website at https://yulink-new.yorku.ca/group/yulink/naosh for a listing of all events and activities.

“We would love to see you taking part in these activities and we want to share it on the HSEWB NAOSH page,” says Humaira Pirooz, director, HSEWB. “All you need to do is take a picture of your completed activity or activities, add a catchy caption, and e-mail it to us at hsewb@yorku.ca.”

  1. Moving Monday – May 3: 10 to 10:30 a.m.
    Chair Yoga with Athletics and Recreation
  1. Thankful Tuesday – May 4
    Safety Crossword Puzzle
  1. Wellness Wednesday – May 5: 12 to 12:30 p.m.
    Healthy Eating During the Pandemic, a Lunch and Learn with HSEWB 
  1. Therapeutic Thursday – May 6
    Coloring Mandala 
  1. Fruitful Friday – May 7: 12 to 12:30 p.m.
    Coping with Anxiety with York Psychology Clinic 
  1. Wholesome Week
    B-WELL Bingo

More about NAOSH Week

Starting in 1997, NAOSH Week events and activities have been held in Canada, the United States and Mexico with the goal of focusing the attention of all individuals on injury and illness prevention in the workplace, at home and in the community.

The NOASH Logo
The NOASH Logo

The NAOSH Week logo depicts three hands forming an equilateral triangle to portray the three participating nations – Canada, the United States and Mexico. The logo symbolizes joint venture, cooperation and the commitment to the common goals shared by all occupational health and safety partners. It also showcases tripartite partnerships between business, labour and governments. The connected hands illustrate assistance and cooperation on many levels, from interpersonal relationships in the workplace to international exchange.