2015 BC Safety Charter Roundtable A Success

The 2015 BC Safety Charter Roundtable, held at the Delta Hotel and Conference Centre Thursday, April 30, was another big success. Keynote speaker Brian Scudamore addressed delegates on the topic of transformational leadership and the ways in which high impact leadership can transform an organization.

A lively and interesting presentation, Scudamore’s address drew a number of questions from the audience, many of whom were fascinated by his inspiring example of entrepreneurship and leadership.

For the CEOs and senior executives of the Charter, who are committed to creating a safe and healthy workplace culture, Scudamore’s discussion of the importance of leadership in changing corporate culture was inspiring.

Delegates were also introduced to the new World Café format of engagement through structured conversation lead by SME Strategy Management Consulting.

The audience was divided in to three groups in order to discuss three separate topics with facilitators taking down notes on significant points and questions raised during the discussions.

During the second half of the World Café, results of the session were collected, organized and prepared for a report, a copy of which each delegate will receive.

After the World Café, a CEO panel made up of Dave McAnerney, President and CEO of SunRype, Frank Saunders, VP of Bruce Power,  Dr. Hans-Juergen Bischoff, Director General, of ISSA, Germany, and Hugo Shaw discussed transformational leadership in health and safety. The panel was moderated by Maureen Shaw, former President and CEO of the Industrial Accident Prevention Association.

Charter Membership

Charter membership has risen dramatically in the last two years as business leaders from across BC join the movement to reduce injury rates and make worker health and safety core corporate values.

The Charter was launched in 2011 and has grown to include more than 100 companies and organizations such as RIO Tinto Alcan, BC Hydro and Overwaitea Foods. Since its launch in 2011 the BC Safety Charter has been recognized both nationally and internationally and has been described as one of the most significant business initiatives in Western Canada.

“We are committed to driving that safety culture message home across all industries, businesses, organizations and communities in BC through our commitment to corporate and social responsibility,” says Charter Steering Committee Chair Ben Hume.

For more on the BC Safety Charter click here.

New Directors Elected At AGM April 29

The FIOSA-MIOSA Safety Alliance of BC held its annual general meeting Wednesday, April 29, at the Burnaby Delta Hotel and Conference Centre.

FIOSA-MIOSA Board chair led the meeting and discusssed some of the initiatives undertaken by FIOSA-MIOSA in 2014.

Through a new strategy of sustained engagement, FIOSA-MIOSA was able to reach out and engage with more members than ever before.

“As a result of our the many new initiatives on which we embarked in 2014 we building new relationships at a faster pace than ever before,” she said.

Four new directors were elected to the board:

  • Chris Baby
  • Jane Willliams
  • Julie Woodward
  • Kevin Thorburn.

Five directors were re-elected:

  • Doug Carter
  • Wes Martin
  • Jim Pushor
  • Brad Vandelinde
  • Dan Reader.

Daneen Skilling, Mike Dick and Carman Overholt all have another one-year term on the board.

The directors were elected unanimously before the Board and CEO report and a review of audited financial statements.

A short video was shown outlining the many accomplishments of the not-for-profit organization during the last year. Director of Research, Programs and Development, Manobhiram Nellutla, pointed out in the video that the number of companies registered in the OSSE Journey has risen from 26 in 2013 to 56 in 2014.

Board members and committee were recognized including:

  • Executive Committee
  • Financial Audit Committee
  • Nominations Committee
  • Technical Advisory Committee
  • BC Safety Charter CEO Steering Committee

Pinnacle Awards Introduced At OSSE Awards Gala

This year’s OSSE Awards Gala saw a record number of companies receiving their Occupational Safety Standard of Excellence (OSSE) certification but it also introduced an even higher level excellence for OSSE certified companies with the new Pinnacle Awards.

The Pinnacles Awards reward those who go above and beyond OSSE certification through a variety of stages. The first stage, which was recognized this year, is awarded when a company is both OSSE certified and becomes a signatory to the BC Safety Charter.

FIOSA-MIOSA CEO Lisa McGuire addressed the record number of attendees at the annual awards and thanked everyone for their commitment to health and saefty.

“OSSE is about changing safety culture on a lasting basis,” she said.

McGuire described the five levels of the Pinnacle Awards, which start with OSSE certification, and move through four more levels based on increasedcommitment and achievement.

McGuire explained the thinking behind the awards.

“Our model of sustained engagement is designed to build on OSSE certification by having senior leadership join the BC Safety Charter and embark on a journey of continuous  improvement,” she said.

Photos of representatives of the new OSSE certified companies and the winners of the Pinnacle Awards will be posted on the FIOSA-MIOSA website.


OSSE is BC’s solution for manufacturers seeking a comprehensive health and safety management system. OSSE offers offer significant financial rewards for successful completion of the OSSE Journey. The program promotes equally the concept of managing health and safety with other components necessary for a successful business such as profitability and productivity.

BC Safety Charter

The BC Safety Charter represents the commitment from industry and organizational leaders to create a workplace culture based on the principle that the effective management of health and safety is essential to long term profitability and sustainability. The Charter represents the commitment from industry and organizational leaders to create a workplace culture based on the principle that the effective management of health and safety is essential to long term profitability and sustainability.

The first Pinnacle Awards were awarded this year to:

  • Saputo Dairy Products Canada G.P.
  • ARYZTA Canada
  • Knight Signs, a Division of Pacific Sign Group Inc
  • Agropur Cooperative
  • TYCROP Manufacturing Ltd.
  • Armtec Precast Concrete Solutions Pacific
  • Wallace and Carey Inc
  • Sysco Victoria
  • Nestle Canada Inc.
  • Sysco Vancouver
  • Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Ltd
  • Vanderpol Eggs Ltd
  • Vitalus Nutrition Inc
  • Sandel Foods Inc
  • Gate Gourmet
  • Sysco Kelowna
  • Sun-Rype Products Ltd.

CEO Panel Engages OSSE Gala Audience

One of the highlights of the OSSE Awards Gala Wednesday evening was the CEO Panel which was held in the lead up to the awards presentation.

The CEO Panel involved three industry leaders who have each led their companies through the Occupational Safety Standard of Excellence (OSSE) certification program.

FIOSA-MIOSA Director of Operations and Marketing, Chris Webber, introduced the CEOs and asked them to share their experiences during their OSSE Journey.

Sandra Oldfield, President and CEO of Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, shared the fact that when she first took over as CEO at Tinhorn Creek, she projected images in her dreams of her employees having to go home to their families injured or broken.

“It really bothered me that, if such an accident were to occur, I would not know what to do about it. I decided that had to change,” she said, adding, “That’s what got me started down the road to OSSE.”

Jason Longden, COO of Gardein, told attendees that making the decision to become OSSE certified, “Was not about the 15 percent savings or the statistical drop in injury rates, which might make us feel good. It was about making sure our employees go home safe and sound from work every day.”

Steve Mander, COO and VP of Knight Signs, discussed the important ways in which his company changed as a result of the OSSE Journey. The process of becoming OSSE certified completely changed the corporate culture he said.

Topics raised by the audience included the importance of culture change and the importance of having the right people in key positions who can really drive the culture change.

Jason Longden said, “If my boss does not show me the support I need, in order to change the organization for the better, then it’s not going to get done. It takes a complete commitment from all levels, led from the top, in order to really accomplish the culture change need to make a safe workplace.”

FIOSA-MIOSA Team At Vancouver Sun Run

Representatives of FIOSA-MIOSA did well in last weekend’s Vancouver Sun Run. Jocelyn Wilkinson, Manu Nellutla and Chris Webber all joined in the fun and, with the help of 54,314 other participants, helped make it the most successful Sun Run to date.

They posted some very respectable times.

  • Jocelyn Wilkinson – 01:53:04.0
  • Manu Nellutla – 00:59:48:0
  • Chris Webber – 01:04:43.0
  • William Shepherd – 01:53:04.0

For full results and more on this year’s Sun run click here.

History of The Vancouver Sun Run

The Vancouver Sun Run has been Canada’s largest 10K road race since its inception in 1985.

Founded by former Canadian Olympians Dr. Doug and Diane Clement along with Dr. Jack Taunton, the run’s purpose was to promote the benefits of running to improve health and fitness as well as support elite amateur athletics.

Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC Launches Online FM Learning Centre

One of the more exciting moments at the OSSE Awards Gala held in Delta on Wednesday, April 29, was the introduction of the new FIOSA-MIOSA Online Learning Centre.

Delegates were given a glimpse of just how the online tool works and offered the opportunity to try it out in a live demo.

The new tool offers companies the opportunity to take all of FIOSA-MIOSA’s training course online –  a major advantage for many companies.

If shift work, distance, timing or any number of issues are keeping you from being able to train your staff in the latest health and safety courses, FIOSA-MIOSA has the solution.

The organization now offers online training which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and which can be accessed from any computer, laptop, or tablet which has internet access.

The online courses are structured so that they can be completed in a two to four hour session and have been developed so that they are easy to understand; easy to follow; and simple to complete.

The Blended Approach

FIOSA-MIOSA consulted its members who told them they often find that training opportunities don’t address their specific needs or are simply too inconvenient. Whether because of shift work, distance, timing or the difficulties presented by the loss of key personnel, members asked FIOSA-MIOSA to help … and they responded.

FIOSA-MIOSA has taken a different approach to training by not only providing a variety of learning formats and platforms but by offering companies the ability to pick and choose a blend that will work best for them.

In order to best meet the needs of manufacturers and industry FIOSA-MIOSA now offers a blended approach to training. It is called “Made-2-Measure” because it is designed specifically to meet each company’s specific needs.

FIOSA-MIOSA’s professional Safety Advisors can meet with manufacturers across BC to determine what blend of content and platform best suits their needs.

Customized Learning

Customized training is now the norm at FIOSA-MIOSA which offers courses tailored to the unique needs of each company and delivered at their place of business … even on the shop floor. Both content and presentation can be designed to meet the company’s requirements

Manufacturers can now have their staff trained at their worksite using their premises, their machinery, and their tools to receive hands-on training.

Online Learning

All of FIOSA-MIOSA’s courses are available on a 24/7/365 basis through our online learning platform – the FM Learning Centre. Each course is structured so that it can be completed in a two to four hour session which can be completed from any computer, laptop, or tablet which has internet access. The courses have been developed so that they are easy to understand; easy to follow; and simple to complete.

To arrange to take advantage of any of these training opportunities training please call us at 604.795.9595 or email the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC. A Safety Advisor will be glad to arrange a training session.

To go directly to the online Learning Centre simply click here.

Managing The Risk Of Fatigue At Work

A component of the Certificate of Recognition (COR) audit

From WorkSafeBC. Fatigue reduces a person’s ability to work safely and effectively. As a result, fatigue increases the risk of injuries or other incidents.

Employers must ensure that workers are not experiencing signs or effects of fatigue on the job. (See the “Relevant BC legislation” section below.)

All employers seeking COR certification must be able to prove — by means of an audit — that their occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS) meets the COR program standards.

One element required in the OHSMS is hazard identification and control. Since fatigue can negatively affect safety at the workplace, employers need to include fatigue as a potential hazard in the identification process.

Employers also need to include fatigue in the hazard control process when indicated by a risk assessment. (See the “Relevant COR Standards and Guidelines elements” section below.)

During the audit, COR internal and external auditors will verify that fatigue is considered in the employer’s hazard recognition and control processes.

When reviewing the audit result as part of the quality assurance process, the certifying partner will confirm that fatigue is included as a component of the COR audit.

The WorkSafe bulletin on fatigue in the workplace (link provided in the “Resources” section below) discusses the signs, symptoms, effects, and causes of fatigue. It also provides links to other useful resources that will help you address fatigue. a tired worker

Relevant BC legislation*

  • Section 115(1)(a) of the Workers Compensation Act Every employer must ensure the health and safety of all workers working for that employer.
  • Section 116 (2) of the Workers Compensation Act Every worker must ensure that the worker’s ability to work without risk to his or her health or safety, or to the health and safety of any other person, is not impaired by alcohol, drugs or other causes. * There may also be applicable federal legislation to consider.
  • Section 4.19 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (1) A worker with a physical or mental impairment which may affect the worker’s ability to safely perform assigned work must inform his or her supervisor or employer of the impairment, and must not knowingly do work where the impairment may create an undue risk to the worker or anyone else. (2) A worker must not be assigned to activities where a reported or observed impairment may create an undue risk to the worker or anyone else.

Relevant COR standards and Guidelines elements

Appendix H, Large employer occupational health and safety audit standard

  • Hazard identification and control: A process to identify and control workplace hazards is critical in order to eliminate, minimize or prevent unsafe or harmful conditions and work procedures. All work, equipment, tools, machinery, work practices and conditions need to be included in the hazard recognition process

Appendix 1, Small employer occupational health and safety audit standard

  • Hazard or risk identification, assessment, and control:A process to identify and control workplace hazards or risks is critical in order to eliminate, minimize or prevent unsafe or harmful conditions and work procedures. All work, equipment, tools, machinery, work practices and conditions need to be included in the hazard recognition process.


Honour And Remember Lives Lost

Thirteen years ago Michael Lovett (pictured) lost his lower leg to a workplace injury. This year, he will be among the many taking part in the Day of Mourning to honour the 173 B.C. workers who died on the job in 2014.

On April 28, join workers, families, and employers at ceremonies across the province, as we remember the workers who lost their lives as a result of workplace injury or illness, and renew our commitment to creating safer workplaces.

You can also plan your own Day of Mourning ceremony using resources in the event toolkit available online.

For a list of province-wide events and speakers, more information and resources, or to order complimentary decals and posters, please visit dayofmourning.bc.ca.

Steps For Life Walk May 3

Maureen Shaw’s son Marc received life-altering injuries while working for an oil exploration company. When freeze-thaw conditions caused blasts from the ‘shots’ of dynamite to float to the surface, Marc was on top of the shot – an injury that resulted in the amputation of his right leg.

On May 3, Metro Vancouver will host Steps for Life – Walking for Families of Workplace Tragedy. Family and friends affected by workplace injury, illness, and death will walk along with injury prevention champions and labour and business leaders. Metro Vancouver will participate in this annual event along with more than 35 other communities across the country.

All proceeds from Steps for Life events will support families of workplace tragedy with Threads of Life Family Support programs and services.


5K Steps for Life–Walking for Families of Workplace Tragedy fundraising event to help families of workplace tragedy and raise awareness about the national issue of workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths. Raising pledges and awareness, local companies participate to demonstrate their commitment to health and safety and help support families of workplace tragedy. Visit stepsforlife.ca/locations to see which local Metro Vancouver business leaders are engaged in the Corporate Challenge.


Every working day, three Canadians die in a workplace fatality, or from a life-altering injury or occupational disease (average fatalities taken from National Work Injury, Disease and Fatality Statistics Publication, Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC), www.awcbc.org). The “ripple effect” of each workplace tragedy extends from the worker affected to their family, friends, co-workers, and the surrounding community.


Threads of Life Family Spokesperson Maureen Shaw. Family members and friends who have been impacted by workplace tragedies will walk alongside employers, employees, students, representatives from injury prevention organizations and anyone who believes workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths are not an acceptable ‘cost of business’.


5/3/2015, Registration opens at 9 a.m.; Walk kicks off at approx. 10 a.m.


Burnaby Lake Regional Park, West Complex Rugby Field

Maureen-latestShaw says, “The reasons for being committed to supporting the vision of Threads of Life is simple. The magnitude of injuries, death and illness at work is still huge – too many lives lost and turned upside down. Tragedies that can be prevented. The pain and loss to families, friends and our communities is too large, too painful to not get behind and support this amazing organization that has made a difference to the lives of thousands of people, families across this country. I know, as a professional and as a mother of a young man who in an instant had his life changed. Threads of Life is needed today and tomorrow to help people to grieve and to heal to raise awareness about prevention. We must all get behind this dedicated group of people to make a difference in the lives lost and left.”