The key to improving health and safety is to keep the conversation going, said Monte McNaughton, Ontario’s minister of labour, training and skills development at a recent safety event.
“The greatest lesson I ever got was from my mother who told me on my wedding day there will be some good days and there will be some challenging days, learn to laugh, learn to say sorry and whatever may come, always keep talking,” said McNaughton at A Safer Ontario for the People event, hosted by Tickner and Associates, a health and safety compliance specialist, in Richmond Hill, Ont. Nov. 15.
“That’s why when I was named the minister of labour back in June I got on the phone and opened a conversation. I reached out to more than 150 labour leaders, hundreds of employers and countless workers. I told everybody the exact same thing ‘I want you to know that my door is always open. We may not agree on everything but I will hear you out.’ ”