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Collins believes that the way to change the culture of safety starts in the public school system with "basic rights, duties and responsibilities training early on and amplified in high school years so that people carry that information to the workplace." Workers should know basic occupational health and safety requirements when they land their first jobs. If educating young people about safety doesn't become a standard, Collins suggests the only option is regulation (safety standards imposed through government legislation). "If we don't do one of those two things we're not going to change the culture of safety in this province," he says. Jackie Manuel, CEO, Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Safety Association (NLCSA), sees regulations as essential to the establishment of minimum safety thresholds because there will always be some companies — even if in a minority — that cut safety corners. But Manuel says there are different ways to influence compliance. While government enforcement officials (building inspectors, for example) will interact with a number of companies, the NLCSA will interact with many more through the association's certification program, which requires member companies to meet provincial regulatory standards. Manuel says the introduction of WHMIS legislation in the late 1980s had a "huge impact" on safety in the workplace. "Silently, almost overnight, thousands of hazardous products disappeared from our workplace," she says. Manufacturers, she says, realized that it was easier to simply take products off the shelves than see sales drop off if hazardous materials were identified on labels. The WHMIS labelling system resulted in "right to know" legislation that gave workers the right to refuse unsafe work.

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