“Find a champion. Make it fun. Make it relevant. And most importantly, give them food.”
This advice on engaging staff in NAOSH Week comes from Darren Duffey, human resources advisor for the Capital Regional District in Victoria, BC. Darren and his crew on the CRD’s joint occupational health and safety committee developed a video called “The Amazingly Safe Race” and it won four NAOSH awards in 2015: Best Overall, Most Innovative, and Regional Government–Regional Districts and Nations in B.C., and Most Innovative in Canada.
The video is a take-off on the CBS series The Amazing Race, in which teams of people compete in a series of physical and mental challenges.
In The Amazingly Safe Race, three teams of CRD staff members compete to chainsaw a fallen tree, reverse through an obstacle course, fight a fire, rescue an injured firefighter, and perform first aid. Check out page 20 of the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of WorkSafe Magazine for more information on their success.
“One of the things we’re most proud of – with this project – is that we were able to do it with practically zero budget,” Darren says.
The next NAOSH Week runs from Sunday, May 1 to Saturday, May 7. The goal of this annual, continent-wide event is to promote the prevention of occupational injury and illness. Employers, workers, and all partners in occupational health and safety work together to raise awareness and have fun at work and in the community.
This year’s theme is Make Safety a Habit. For more details on how to participate, please visit the WorkSafeBC website.
Congratulations to Darren and his team at the CRD!