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Moose Jaw Express August 29, 2018

Make Zero Your Mission – At Home, Work and Play

The last long weekend of the summer is significant in many ways.  It is the end of the summer holiday season and the beginning of the school year, however Labour Day offers an opportunity to reflect on the place of work in our lives. Work that is meaningful goes beyond making a living to adding contentment and quality to our lives.

A safe workplace is key to fulfilling work. While there has been a continual decline in workplace injuries, there were still 27 work-related fatalities in our province last year.  2018 marks the 10th anniversary of “Mission Zero”, an initiative of WorkSafe Saskatchewan, the partnership between the Workers’ Compensation Board and the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety. Mission: Zero is a call to action and goal for employers and companies to achieve zero workplace injuries, zero fatalities, and zero suffering by families.

What does Mission: Zero mean?

  • Mission: Zero means working toward zero injuries, zero fatalities, zero suffering.
  • It means believing all unintentional injuries are predictable and preventable.
  • It means that the only right number of unintentional injuries and fatalities is ZERO.
  • It means becoming a champion to make my community a safer place to live, work, and play.
  • It means, as employees and citizens, we are going to work together to make Saskatchewan the safest province to live, work and play.
  • It means, at my company, we believe in Mission: Zero. We put safety first and prevent injuries to ourselves, our co-workers, our families and neighbours.
  • It is up to all of us to prevent injuries.

In 2009, Safe Saskatchewan also adopted Mission Zero, the symbol and its ambitious goal, as the prevention goal for all injuries – on the job, in our communities and in our homes.

Last March, WorkSafe Saskatchewan announced the formation of a strategic alliance of organizations brought together by the Saskatchewan Safety Council that results in everyone in Saskatchewan between the ages of 14 and 21 having access to completely free career-focused safety education. Saskatchewan will become the first jurisdiction in North America to offer universal career-focused, industry specific safety training, completely free to youth. Industries came together with education partners to launch this initiative after a 5-year pilot program involving more than 20 School Divisions and 6 First Nations. The Career Safety Education program will encourage the development of awareness, attitudes and habits which result in a culture of safety affecting both workplace and home life.

As we make the transition from summer days to fall activities, please remember to Make “Mission: Zero” your mission – at home, work and play.

I offer my gratitude and best wishes to my colleague and constituency neighbour, Lyle Stewart, long-time Minister of Agriculture. He recently announced he would be stepping down from this role as he battles cancer. Lyle, who brought his dedication, expertise and experience to advance the agriculture industry in Saskatchewan, will remain MLA for Lumsden-Morse. David Marit, MLA for Wood River, has been appointed as Saskatchewan’s new Minister of Agriculture.