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North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week occurs every year during the first full week of May and is aimed at raising awareness about occupational safety, health and the environment and the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) profession. This is one tool the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and its 32,000 SH&E members use throughout the year to promote occupational safety aimed at preventing injuries and illnesses. Several organizations representing thousands of businesses have partnered with ASSE and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) to support NAOSH Week, including U.S. federal agencies such as the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
During NAOSH Week, ASSE and CSSE members, OSHA and NAOSH partners develop and implement activities throughout North America and worldwide (such as Kuwait, Colombia and Ecuador) to promote NAOSH Week. ASSE members have held fleet safety classes, ergonomic awareness events, distributed catastrophe preparedness information, provided teen worker safety programs, held city worker safety fairs, held symposiums, assisted charities, held personal protective equipment (PPE) fashion shows, donated PPE and much more.