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NSGEU: Pleased the Province is strengthening public health and safety services

“We are pleased the government has recognized the need to expand the services and hire more employees.”

Halifax (28 Nov. 2013) – Joan Jessome, President of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU/NUPGE) is pleased the government is strengthening its public health and safety services by hiring an additional five Occupational Health & Safety Officers as part of the province’s workplace safety strategy. All five officers will be a welcomed addition to existing  NSGEU/NUPGE members who provide this valuable public service.

More Occupational Health and Safety Officers hired in Nova Scotia will provide valuable public services

“OHS Officers, Special Investigators, and Technical Support Staff are doing an excellent job with the resources they have,” Jessome says. “With additional staff, they will be able to do more work in prevention, which was identified as a priority to improve the provinces health & safety services.”

In a press release yesterday, the government indicated these new workers would be helping with more targeted inspections.

“OHS Officers, Special Investigators and Technical Support Staff have been working at full capacity,” says Jessome. “We are pleased the government has recognized the need to expand the services and hire more employees.”

OHS Officers, Special Investigators and Technical Support Staff who work for the Department of Labour and Advanced Education investigate workplace accidents, conduct inspections, respond to complaints, and assist all workplace parties to understand the internal responsibility system (the foundation of the OHS Act).

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