The Abbotsford School District receives the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) North American Occupational Safety and Health award at an event on Nov. 26. Abbotsford School District/Submitted photo

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Abbotsford schools get health and safety award for third year running

District gets recognition for training in crisis intervention, new violent incident reporting system

The Abbotsford School District has been awarded the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) award for organizations with over 500 employees.

This marks the third year in a row that the school district has won the award for the B.C.-Yukon region of CSSE.

“The Abbotsford board of education is committed to building a progressive workforce, and provincial awards like this recognize our commitment to leading our organization with the most effective and innovative practices in workplace health and safety,” said Stan Petersen, school board chair, in a statement.

“On behalf of my colleagues on the board of education, I extend our congratulations to everyone who contributed to this outstanding achievement.”

CSSE acknowledged a few distinct safety efforts by the school district in handing the school the award:

• occupational health and safety committee compliance audit;

• 240 staff trained in CPI non-violent crisis intervention;

• pilot of the new online violent incident reporting process;

• safe work procedures developed for use of table saws and mould remediation; and

• occupational first aid level one training for all facilities maintenance staff.

“Pursuing safety awards, like NAOSH, is important because it brings together employees and employers who are working towards a common purpose day in and day out: keeping everyone safe at work,” said Tanya Tighe, manager of occupational health and safety.

The district received the award at an event on Nov. 26.

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