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March 6, 2018

Statement from Rob Halpin, Executive Director of the Ontario Federation of Labour and Prevention Link

(TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) and Prevention Link warmly welcomes Ron Kelusky, a veteran in the occupational health and safety sector, as the new Chief Prevention Officer for the province.

We are all responsible — employers, supervisors and workers — for preventing workplace illness and injury. The voice of Labour is a crucial ally and advocate in this effort. We look forward to working with Mr. Kelusky in placing increased emphasis on the links between primary and secondary prevention of occupational injury, illness and disease in workplaces throughout the province.

We applaud George Gritziotis, Ontario’s first Chief Prevention Officer, for assisting us in expanding and revitalizing the Prevention Link Program which builds on more than 25 years of success operating as the Occupational Disability Response Team as one of Ontario’s comprehensive prevention programs.

In working collaboratively with Mr. Kelusky to ensure every Ontario worker returns home safe and sound, we hope to diversify our holistic and comprehensive disability prevention program while continuing to drive the vision, goals and priorities outlined in the Chief Prevention Officer’s strategic framework for building healthy and safe Ontario workplaces.”

Prevention Link, a Government of Ontario supported initiative, governed by the Ontario Federation of Labour Executive Committee, is the leading provider of training and advisory support on secondary prevention of workplace injury in the province.

For information visit and follow @PreventionLink on Facebook and Twitter.

The OFL represents 54 unions and one million workers in Ontario. For information, visit and follow @OFLabour on Facebook and Twitter.

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