Letter to CDS: Request for Additional Information on Occupational Health Inspections

24 May 2018

General J.H. Vance
Chief of the Defence Staff
Department of National Defence
National Defence Headquarters
Major General George R. Pearkes Building
13th Floor, South Tower
101 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON K1A 0K2


Dear General Vance,

I thank you for your letter dated 8 May 2018.  In my letter of 15 February 2018, I had identified concerns related to the completion and timeliness of workplace health inspections in Canadian Armed Forces-controlled workshops.

I have reviewed your response and would like additional information specific to the following areas:

  • The mitigation measures being developed by CF H Scvs Gp to address the shortage of qualified technicians in the Preventive Medicine Technician occupation;
  • The additional course offered at Canadian Forces Health Services Training Center in Borden;
  • The hiring of additional civilian technicians at some Preventive Medicine Technician offices; and
  • The overall improvements to the completion rates of monthly workplace health inspections (including how many of the 1,108 identified workshops have a current inspection at last count).

I would appreciate if you could provide me with a working-level contact that my Office could communicate with directly, in order to continue this conversation in more detail.



Gary Walbourne

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