Safety conference begins today

Ashley Fitzpatrick
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Wide range of topics to be covered at Safety Services N.L. event

Protective clothing, safety glasses, gloves, boots and respirators are just some of the strict safety measures enforced at Aurora Energy while cutting uranium cores. — Submitted file photo

Today is the first day of Safety Services Newfoundland and Labrador’s sixth annual fall health and safety conference.

The conference, “Sharing the road to zero,” begins this afternoon and runs through Wednesday.

Keynote speakers are: president and CEO of Nalcor Energy, Ed Martin; president of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Dr. Louis Francescutti; and Johanna LeRoux, a volunteer speaker with Threads of Life.

LeRoux’s son, Michael, died following a fall at an industrial site.

The conference will open at about 1 p.m., with remarks from the minister responsible for Service NL, Nick McGrath.

In addition to the keynote addresses, the event will offer employers, health and safety reps, and others the chance to discuss a variety of topics.

Today, sessions will look at defensive driving tips and dealing with increasing traffic in the metro area. Another session will look at how workplace accidents are dealt with — laying out the process.

On Tuesday, the sessions will cover safety issues related to changing workforce demographics, managing substance abuse, emergency management, consumer rights in relation to vehicle repairs following an accident, ladder safety and other topics.

Final day sessions range from contractor safety, safety in the theatre industry and community emergency preparedness.

The chief safety officer of the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, Dan Chicoyne, will be presenting on the topic safety culture.

Safety leads from Eastern Health, Schlumberger, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, Bell Aliant, Collision Clinic, Vale, ExxonMobil and other organizations will also be making presentations.

For more information, see:

Organizations: Royal College of Physicians, Safety Services N.L., Nalcor Energy Service NL Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board Aliant ExxonMobil

Geographic location: Canada

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