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Government workers, not industries, should enforce health and safety regulations — poll

New study, series of videos released to highlight importance of regulations.

Colin Van Haar of the Canadian Grain Commission in Vancouver is featured in a PSAC video series.Ottawa, ON: Public sector regulators and technical experts are speaking out about the important work they do protecting the health and safety of everyday Canadians. The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) launched a series of videos in late February to highlight the important jobs these workers do on behalf of Canadians.

More than 15,000 Canadians work in the federal public service as accident inspectors, chemical decontamination technologists, grain-handling regulators, ship and train safety inspectors, counter terrorism specialists, fishery officers, nutritional researchers and ammunition technicians, to name only a few.

Environics polling results quoted as part of a primer highlighting the importance of regulations released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) demonstrates an overwhelming majority of Canadians want government workers, not the industries themselves, to enforce regulations.

"Compliance with health and safety regulations needs to be strengthened," says John Gordon, PSAC National President.

The PSAC served notice to bargain for Technical Service workers with Treasury Board on February 22.

Related individuals, organizations and significant events
For the CCPA regulations primer, Disaster in the making: The quiet erosion of Canada's regulation system, please click here.

For a series of videos featuring some of the individuals who work to keep Canada safe, please click here.

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  Canadian health and safety regulations need to be stronger — Public sector workers speak out about the important jobs they do on behalf of Canadians

Posted: March 10, 2011

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