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  • shane
    November 05, 2013 - 08:04

    the safety indicators, such as loss time injuries, are only significant when employees are compliant with methods for which these indicators are tracked. For example, an injury occurs when an employee slips on an item. The employee, knowingly injured, weighs their options which are; Can I work through the pain?; Will I be drug tested?; Will there be pressure for management to keep injury information withheld from company? These are just to name a few. The industry can not and will not be able to present true numbers regarding the workplace under there current unofficial standards. It's like the old question about a tree falling in a forrest but nobody see's it, does it actually fall?

  • caroger
    November 05, 2013 - 05:50

    There are graduates of OHS who cannot get jobs. What is the problem in filling these positions?

    • OHS Observer
      November 05, 2013 - 09:19

      @caroger - Just because someone is a graduate with a Law Degree doesn't make them qualified to walk into a court and start arguing a case. These OHS Officers are expected to enforce the OHS Act & Regulations. The ideal candidates already have extensive experience in Industry, recent graduates may not have this. That being said, if OHS professionals have experience they probably aren't going to work for the Government because of wage disparity and working conditions. Private industry tends to be much more attractive on both fronts. The fact that it requires moving to, and living in, Labrador can be perceived as another strike against filling these positions. Unfortunately, until Government offers incentives, I'd hazard (no pun intended) that those positions will remain unfilled for quite some time. Furthermore, the fact that the Government; through an internal review, has decided to cut the salaries of the Majority of the positions in the OHS Division won't help the attract workers.