Tinhorn Creek Wins CLC Award

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards has won the Cargo Logistics Best Safety Innovation Award for 2014. The award was presented to Tinhorn Creek CEO and President Sandra Oldfield at the awards breakfast on January 28 in Vancouver.

The CLC awards offer an opportunity for industry’s clients, vendors and supporters to recognize, celebrate and shine the spotlight on the important role of logistics professionals and other businesses. The award was decided upon by the CLC Awards Committee and was awarded by WorkSafeBC.

“We had to give a specific example of something we had done in the past year. We had an unidentified confined space with a pump on our property down a vertical shaft. It had been there since before we owned the land,” says Oldfield, adding, “When we went through Hazard ID due to getting our OSSE certification we identified it and put control up around it (signage, no work alone procedures for example). This year the pump failed and instead of replacing it we paid an extra $10,000 to bring it above ground into a proper pump house.”

“This was something that went from not being recognized it was a hazard to dealing with the hazard to finally elimination of it. We are all happy at Tinhorn Creek when our H&S program works the way it’s supposed to,” she said.

The event provided some 100 speakers and more than 30 Seminars and 150 exhibits.

According to Tinhorn’s website, the winery is the product of friends (the Shaunessys and the Oldfields) deciding to go into business together.

“We started from humble beginnings – like having barrels of wine in the basement of a house. And we decided to plant a few more vines, for a total of 150 acres. That’s a lot of vines. After almost 20 years, we’re still laughing. Often at ourselves – and at each other.

“We grow grapes and we make wine. There are many steps between the field and the bottle, but at the end of the day it’s about farming the land responsibly, having fun, and making wines to share with family and friends.”

Health and safety have played an important role in Oldfield’s management of the vineyard. More than a priority, she considers the health and safety of her employees to be a basic value of her company.

Tinhorn Creek Vineyard is a member of the OSSE Hall of Fame (the first BC Winery to achieve OSSE certification) and a signatory to the BC Safety Charter.

Happy New Year

By Lisa McGuire. We would like to wish all of you the very best in 2015, and we look forward to working with you over the next year.

Looking back at 2014, we have achieved a great deal and your continued support helped us be successful in reaching our goals. FIOSA-MIOSA continued to experience tremendous growth in 2014.

This led to organizational changes which will enable us to reach out to our members in ways never before possible. We are committed to our mission and to delivering world-class service, products, programs and events to our members in health and safety.

In addition to managing the operations, we developed and acted upon plans for the future in order to ensure FIOSA-MIOSA remains at the forefront of health and safety provincially, nationally and internationally.

The Board renewed the Vision, Mission and Core Values in 2014 and shaped the next three years by adopting the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan. The plan shows sustainable growth over the next three years by offering of new services, programs and tools while continuing to deliver first-class OHS support to our members.

The expansion of the Safety Pooling System and the Department of Research, Programs and Development are just two examples of the ways in which we have built on our success in making excellence in health, safety and well-being in the workplace accessible and meaningful to BC employers.

The Occupational Safety Standard of Excellence (OSSE) has continued to grow in significance and is being recognized by employers all over the province and beyond as BC’s solution for manufacturers seeking a comprehensive health and safety management system. Preliminary findings from research indicate that OSSE certified companies are higher performing companies compared to similar non-certified companies. We will continue the research study in 2015 as more companies become certified and expand the research with our UBC partners to help us learn more about the effectiveness of the OSSE standard in reducing injuries.

There is much to look forward to in 2015 but everything that lies before us is the result of the support, passion and engagement of our members. We thank you for working with us to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our employees. Recognizing that we will be approaching a skilled labour shortage, it will become even more important to be employers of choice with strong cultures in the days ahead.

In the upcoming year we will develop our research department, tools and programs with the expectation of securing our first research grant in 2015; recruit more CEOS to adopt the BC Safety Charter while continuing to actively engage the current BC Charter members through a variety of initiatives; continue to expand the Safety Pooling System, our training learning center and FIOSA-MIOSA membership as well as participation in the OSSE program while developing comprehensive quality assurance services, products and programs.

It has been a remarkable year and we anticipate an exciting year ahead where we will see comparable growth and success. With your support we have proven we can achieve great things. A sincere thank you to everyone who has contributed towards our mission of “engaging, educating and empowering our members through innovative health and safety programs, services and tools to make a difference in their lives.”

A safe and prosperous 2015 for all!

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