National Day of Mourning: CCOHS remembers and renews commitment to worker safety
April 28 is the National Day of Mourning, and on this day the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is reminding all workplaces that the Day of Mourning is also a day to renew commitment to protecting the health, safety and well-being of all workers, especially those who have been personally affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
CCOHS and workplaces across Canada will use this day to remember those who have lost their lives or suffered an injury or illness due to their work.
Traditionally, employers, unions and workers have observed the National Day of Mourning by lighting candles, laying wreaths, or wearing commemorative pins, ribbons, or black armbands. On April 28, CCOHS encourages everyone to pause for a moment of silence at 11:00 a.m., and in respect of physical distancing measures, consider holding, attending, or supporting a virtual event.
“One death is one too many. It’s for this reason we look to strengthening our resolve to create safe workplaces and protect workers,” said Anne Tennier, President and CEO, CCOHS. “Behind every workplace death and injury are family members, friends, co-workers and loved ones whose lives are deeply impacted and changed forever.”