Greetings OOWA Members – I welcome you to our new and exciting Website! OOWA has been fortunate enough to experience substantial growth in the past few years, and the launch of our new website will help to continue our success. As we are now into the full swing of our Industry’s busy season, and enjoying the summer months (when the diggin’ is easy), I wish to impart a few thoughts…
1) OOWA will be releasing the dates and times of its upcoming 2014 Regional Meetings shortly. I strongly encourage you to attend a meeting in your area and participate. OOWA’s events are intended to bring value, knowledge and interaction with our Industry’s top sources and resources to you, our Membership. I can assure you that you will find great benefit in attending your local OOWA Event.
2) Workplace health and safety is always an issue of concern. During these summer months however, when many vacation or escape at every opportunity, it is a concern that may not always be front and center. I urge you to take special precaution when working outdoors or in the hot sun, or in elevated (and often humid) temperatures. Heat stroke, heat stress (or exhaustion), dehydration and over-exertion are all very real threats and should be dealt with immediately by a medical professional. Be sure to watch for signs and symptoms such as excessive sweating, muscle cramps, shallow breathing, increased heart rate, dizziness, weakness, and fatigue. Prevention is easy: take frequent breaks, stay well hydrated and well-nourished and watch for the onset of symptoms.
3) I am personally pleased to announce the rollout OOWA’s new and improved Registered Professional Program (RPP). As Ontario’s decentralized and onsite community continues to experience substantial development and growth, OOWA has redeveloped the Registered Professional Program to address the needs of ongoing training and continuing education demands from our members. Through the promotion of uniform standards for professional qualifications, technical aptitudes and safety training, our Industry’s integrity and professional growth may be consistently delivered and promoted. I hope to see many members join and actively participate – there is so much value and opportunity to be gained through the active participation of our RPP.
I hope you enjoy our new website, and the many great changes and developments coming OOWA’s way, so please do stay tuned. For the time being however, I wish you all well and a happy, safe and prosperous summer!