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For Immediate Release 

April 27, 2022 – Hamilton, ON – National Committee for Safety and Health Week 

From May 1-7, 2022, workplaces across North America will celebrate Safety and Health Week with activities that raise awareness of the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home, and in the community.

The national partners of Safety and Health Week, including the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), and Threads of Life, will officially launch the week on Monday, May 2 with a free virtual event that is open to everyone.

May 2: Safety and Health Week 2022 National Kick-off
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT

This free, live event will feature perspectives on workplace health and safety as well as the impacts of workplace tragedies on families. The Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Labour, will deliver greetings to officially launch the week. Guests will hear from national partners Christl Aggus, President, Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE); Anne Tennier, President and Chief Executive Officer, CCOHS; and Shirley Hickman, Founder and Executive Director, Threads of Life. The finalist videos from the Focus on Safety National Youth Video Contest will be revealed and the winner announced. Live French audio interpretation will be available. 

After a break, the national launch program will continue with the featured keynote speaker.

May 2: Keynote Address with Tareq Hadhad: Resiliency Through Adversity
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. EDT

Syrian-Canadian entrepreneur Tareq Hadhad, founder of Peace by Chocolate, shares his emotional journey from Syria to Canada with heartbreaking and perspective shaping stops along the way to inspire others to make their own impact on the world. Live French audio interpretation will be available.

More information about the event and how to register is available on the Safety and Health Week website: www.safetyandhealthweek.ca/english/events.html.

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