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An Update from Chief Prevention Officer George Gritziotis and the Prevention

by George Gritziotis, Chief Prevention Officer

Original article appeared in Inside Prevention – Summer 2014 Edition  (download original article here)

A short update on the latest occupational health and safety activity at the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s Prevention Office

We’ve just introduced the Healthy and Safe Ontario Workplaces strategy, which is exactly that roadmap.

We’ve used statistical research to set priorities for what needs to be done and have created a province wide work plan to help us focus our efforts. When we are all working towards the same priorities as a team, all that passion is magnified and our collective voices are louder. As Andrew Carnegie put it, “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. That is the ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”

We’ve put a whole lot of the energy into three key areas:

  • analyzing the data so we know what’s critical
  • setting up the framework so we know where we are going
  • ensuring those with the most passion are equipped to lead us to our collective goal
Now that we have the strategy in place, we can align all our efforts to ensure we have integration across the system. Working at Heights is our first test — training, aligning inspections, radio ads, social media, and marketing.

My team at the Prevention Office is working with our stakeholders to ensure we are collaborating on everything from key messages to our delivery systems and how we measure what we’re doing. The Health and Safety Associations are working toward aligning activity and their knowledge. Their support remains invaluable as we reach out to each sector.

We are all partners, working hard to transform the OHS system in Ontario so that we can eliminate workplace tragedies. When that happens we will have the satisfaction of knowing we each played a part in a successful collaboration, and that we got it right.


To read more from Cordelia Clarke Julien, Director of Training & Safety Programs and Ayumi Bailly, Director of Stakeholder & Partner Relations, click here.