Ontario CPO retires after posting five year Prevention Works strategic plan

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Ontario’s Chief Prevention officer Ron Kelusky is retiring.

He confirmed at a health and safety webinar on July 22 that his last day of work would be July 23, and he would use accumulated vacation time during the rest of the summer.  He turns 65 in September.

Kelusky’s five-year strategic plan, submitted on July 13, is posted on the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development website.

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Ontario’s Prevention Council has posted a statement that congratulates Kelusky on his retirement and on the publication of the “Prevention Works” plan.

“Prevention Works demonstrates an overarching commitment to preventing injuries, illnesses and fatalities in workplaces across the province while building a system that is agile and collaborative,” the statement says.

“Aside from the many occupational health and safety (OHS) challenges we have all faced over the past 16 months, it is important to also recognize the continuous improvements and innovation we have seen in response to these extraordinary circumstances,” the statement says.

“Prevention Works has a strong focus on data and evidence. This will help the system understand how we can better focus our future efforts on protecting workers and cultivating a culture of health and safety in workplaces across the province of Ontario. The Prevention Council fully endorses this strategy and its objectives and is committed to supporting its implementation over the next five years.”

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