The Health, Safety and Employee Well Being (HSEWB) unit at York University recognizes the commitment to workplace health, safety and well-being amongst faculty and staff.
Beginning Monday, May 1, faculty and staff are invited to join in celebrating Safety and Health Week, which will include an informative virtual session on community safety, a guided Qi Gong practice and an Afro dance activity.
What is Safety and Health Week?
Safety and Health Week, formerly known as North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, is an international initiative focused on highlighting the importance of health and safety in all aspects of life. Since 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.
In 2019, to be more inclusive and to recognize the importance of expanding the goals and efforts of NAOSH Week beyond the world of occupational health and safety, the name was changed to Safety and Health Week.
“The pandemic has taught us to look at health, safety and well-being in a manner we’ve never seen. We must continue to ensure that safe work remains a visible part of our daily routine. Let’s celebrate Safety and Health Week to do our part in creating safe work environments,” says Vice-President Equity, People and Culture Alice Jane Pitt.
Summary of sessions and activities:
- Monday, May 1 – Colouring Mandala (download Mandala)
- Tuesday, May 2 – Virtual event: Community Safety Session (register here)
- Wednesday, May 3 – Virtual event: Qi Gong (Tai Chi) (register here)
- Thursday, May 4 – Safety and Health Week crossword puzzle (download puzzle)
- Friday, May 5 – Virtual event: Afro dance with Athletics and Recreation (register here)
- All week (May 1 to 5) – B-WELL bingo (download bingo card)
Visit HSEWB Safety and Health Week for additional details and to register for events. Participants may be eligible to win a prize from the York University Bookstore. Details to follow on May 1.