Saskatchewan unveils workplace safety charter

Province's labour minister first to sign dotted line on Health and Safety Leadership Charter, which aims to eliminate injuries and illness in the workplace

On June 10, leaders from across Saskatchewan will gather to sign the first Health and Safety Leadership Charter.

But Rob Norris, the province’s labour minister, got a jump on them when he inked his name to the charter in May, committing leadership to the goal of eliminating workplace injuries and illnesses at the ministry.

"The ministry responsible for occupational health and safety should endeavour to lead by example in making public sector workplaces safer and healthier," Norris said. "We can bolster our efforts to achieve the goals of WorkSafe Saskatchewan through a change in attitudes and behaviours toward safety."

WorkSafe and Safe Saskatchewan are partnering in the initiative with a shared vision of an injury-free province. The charter is available online at

By endorsing the Safety Charter, the ministry will integrate health and safety into its business strategies, strive for continuous improvement, extend health and safety beyond the workplace and enable employee participation.

"As the first to sign the Saskatchewan Health and Safety Leadership Charter, Minister Norris signals he and his ministry will be pacesetters," Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) chairperson David Eberle said. "His ardent commitment to safer, healthier workplaces in Saskatchewan is reaffirmed by signing this charter."

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