Respect matters tour dates set

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Safety Services Nova Scotia as well as workplace safety and respect expert Paul Kells, with the support of the Canadian Red Cross have announced the dates of the provincial “Respect Matters Tour.”

Tour dates are: Yarmouth May 27, Kentville/the Valley May 29,Bridgewater May 30,Truro June 3,New Glasgow June 4,  Sydney June 6 and Dartmouth June 10.

A new topic for health and safety professionals and joint health and safety committee members, “Respect Matters” presents a new way of thinking about safety.


“There is a higher risk of injury, both mental and physical, when people are exposed to inappropriate behaviours andother risks but are reluctant to say anything about them” says Kells. “Often, they make a choice to be a bystander because they perceive a power imbalance between themselves and their co-workers or supervisors. Managers, supervisors and peers need to understandand recognize these imbalances in order to reduce the risks of injury from distraction and un-reported risks.”

 “Talking to Nova Scotia businesses about safety and respect at this time in particular is an important and meaningfulinitiative” says Jackie Norman of Safety Services. “This announcement comes just days after Canadians recognized those lost in workplace injuries during the National Day of Mourning on April 28. This is also the time of year when a number of young people enter the workforce. Injury risks attached to power imbalances are particularly significant for this group and we are very pleased to be able to offer this kind of support to our employers.”

 Kells has a history of making an impact in the workplace safety field. After losing his son, Sean to a workplace explosion in 1994, he took on a mission to support and build safer workplace cultures, reducing risk, saving lives and diminishing the ripple effects of devastating workplace injuries on everyone. He is the founder of Safe Communities Canada (now “Parachute”),

 Passport to Safety, a web-based, e-learning program completed by over 600,000 teens in four countries and Threads of Life, an organization dedicated to helping Canadian families cope with their personal devastation from workplace fatalities while advocating for workplace safety and injury reduction. He also coaches employers and JOSH committees to help build more productive and respectful working environments.

 The content of the sessions will help supervisors, managers, Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee members and small business owners generate greater respect and less divisiveness in their workplaces.  The cost is $250 per person and includes access to a cutting edge pre-workshop online program called “Respect in the Workplace. A portion of the proceeds from this program fund CRC bullying prevention activity in schools and workplaces.

 Safety Services is also able to arrange special private sessions for organizations that want a number of employees tobenefit from the workshops in a group setting. More information about private sessions and the tour is available online at:






Organizations: Safety Services, Safe Communities Canada, Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee

Geographic location: New Glasgow, Sydney, Dartmouth Nova Scotia

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