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RSIC Awareness and Outreach Initiatives

Public Relations Component: RSIC in the Media

 

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Following the National Day of Mourning on April 28, RSIC President and CEO, Steven Horvath , brings attention to the link between occupational disease and the potential excessive exposure to radiation being an important factor n preventing work related loss of life.

The article was first published in the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries newsletter and website on April 29, 2016. It appeared in multiple media thereafter.

 

Partners in Prevention 2016

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Partners in Prevention 2016

On April 26-27 Radiation Safety Institute participated the Partners in Prevention trade show . 4,500 people attended the show and over 400 booths featured the latest in market trends.

 

 

 

Western Conference on Safety 2016

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Western Conference on Safety 2016
On April 11-12 Radiation Safety Institute participated the Western Conference on Safety (WSC). 1,290 people attended and participated in Western Canada’s largest Occupational Health and Safety Conference.

According to WCS “the evaluations are saying this was the best Western Conference on Safety ever!”

 

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In a TV program, our Chief Scientist, Laura Boksman, responds to public concerns following the distribution of iodine potassium pills to residents in a 10 kilometer radius from the Nuclear Power plants.  Laura talks nuclear emergency,  iodine pills, radon testing and radiation safety.

The interview was broadcasted by CHCH Television Station on February 4, 2016. 

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In the opinion editorial “We Don’t  Go to Work to Die” dedicated to the National Day of Mourning, Natalia Mozayani, our Executive Director, puts the Institute’s work into perspective by connecting the past experiences of Elliot Lake with modern workplace challenges.

The article was first published in The Chronicle Herald on April 29, 2015. It appeared in multiple media thereafter.

 

 

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In the article “Why Radiation Protection Makes Sense at Low Exposure Levels” the Institute responds to the recent study by an agency of the World Health Organization (WHO)  that deals with health effects of low-level exposure to radiation and provides data to support the validity of the linear no-threshold model.

The article was first published in The Province on July 6, 2015. It was picked up by multiple media thereafter.

 

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In the series of live of interviews on CBC Radio on June 3, 2014 RSIC President and CEO is discussing the radon hazard, importance of timely testing and policy changes. The series potentially reached 4.3 million listeners.

The audio link provided here is to the interview conducted by Jason Turnbull, host of radio program Sudbury – Points North. 

 

 Web Applications: Radiation Safety Regulatory Search Tool

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Canada has a complex radiation safety regulatory framework. One and the same workplace may fall under the jurisdiction of several regulatory bodies. Proper understanding of legal requirements is paramount to workplace safety and prevention of occupational cancers. The Interactive Regulatory Search Tool allows users to navigate the radiation regulatory terrain easier.   By picking the exact set of circumstances that apply directly to them the Tool users can get focused output from the system, along with contact information of the responsible agencies.

Since its launch in the summer of 2014, the Tool has been used  by more than 4, 000 individuals.  Created with the financial support of the Prevention Office of the Ontario Ministry of Labour, it contains Federal and Ontario regulatory standards. We are looking forward to adding other Provinces in the near future.

Radon Awareness Building : “Call to Action” Campaigns

Over the past years, the Institute had supported its awareness message with a focused “Call to Action” campaign encouraging Canadians to take the simple steps and test their homes for radon. As part of that advocacy effort, the Institute has issued press-releases, interviews, sponsored topical editorials and invested in home radon testing ads. We have also been involved on the policy level and actively promoted introduction of regulatory changes on national and provincial levels.

For the first time our “Call to Action” radon testing video announcement appeared in the Canada’s largest underground commuter walkway located in downtown Toronto.  The 5-second video ran for the month of November 2016 and had over a million viewers.

To help promote radon awareness and prevent radon induced lung cancers from occurring, the Institute had supported the production of Public Service Announcement with Mike Holmes Jr.

This is not the first time that the Institute speaks out in radon awareness campaigns. We have been active in this field since the 1990s. The difference in our approach today is that we leverage partnerships across the country to deliver our message. Our partnerships with Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS), Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA), Workplace Safety North (WSN), Public Services Health and Safety Association (PSHSA), Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS); Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologies(CARST), Ontario Lung Association (OLA), United SteelWorkers (USW), Canadian Association of Radiation Scientists and Technologists (CARST) have made a difference.

The result? A 50% increase in radon orders and a 58% increase in visits to our radon information pages.  With the help of our partners, not only have we raised awareness but have convinced more Canadians to take action on radon than ever before.

 Education and E-Learning

The Institute has developed an array of free and fee-based E-learning courses in radiation safety that are in stable demand.  Since the time of its launch, two years ago, our E-learning portal has had over 25,000 people.

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Understanding Radiation

This 20 minute course, developed in cooperation with the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), educates workers and other members of the public on matters concerning radiation and radiation safety. The course is available in English and French.

 

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Workplace Radiation Safety Educational Series

This 3-part web-based series is intended for workers who come in contact with radiation or may be exposed to radiation:  emergency responders, long-term care facilities’ workers and supporting hospital staff.

  •  Partnerships in Action: The series was created with the financial support of the Prevention Office of the Ontario Ministry of Labour and in partnership with the Ontario Public Services Health and Safety Association (PSHSA).  
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Elliot Lake Memorial, from the USW archives

E-learning Awareness Series “Airborne Hazards in the Ontario Mining Industry”
This awareness initiative will focus on the topic of airborne  hazards in the Ontario underground non-uranium mines. It will provide “Good Science in Plain Language”® information on radiation hazards, related regulatory standards as well as advice on the best safety practices and access to qualified resources.

Airborne hazards of interest are: silica, dieasel exhaust and radon.

Partnerships in Action: The course is being developed with the financial support from the Prevention Office of the Ontario Ministry of Labour and with partner input from Mirarco, Worker Health and Safety Center (WHSC), Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCO) and Workplace Safety North (WSN).  When finalised, the course will be available free of charge through  the RSIC E-learning portal. 

 

Workplace Radiation Safety Advice and Information Services

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For 13 years the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada (RSIC) has offered a unique and highly acclaimed Service.  The “Workplace Enquiries and Information Service in Radiation Safety” is a focused awareness Program aimed at preventing unintended radiation exposure and injury (e.g. radiation burns) and long-term occupational disease and terminal illnesses (cancers induced by radiation exposure).

The Service includes four components:

  • Workplace Radiation Safety Enquiries, Technical Advice and Outreach Service
  • Workplace Resource Materials (Scientific and Technical) Service
  • Workplace Environmental Scanning and Update Service
  • Radiation Safety Website Service and Online Learning

In the scope of the Service  the Institute answers hundreds of incoming worker and employer enquiries about radiation, provides a wealth of educational material to a multitude of partner organizations from Ontario and across Canada,  implements outreach initiatives and leads stakeholder engagement on specific radiation safety  related issues.

The Service is currently only supported by the  Province of Ontario.

 

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