FIOSA-MIOSA leads the way with a 7.2% premium decrease.

WorkSafeBC has announced the premium rates for 2016 and FIOSA-MIOSA’s Classification Units (CU’s) performed well when compared to other industry sectors. Despite the average WorkSafeBC premium rate for all sectors remaining unchanged for 2016, FIOSA-MIOSA’s CU’s saw a 7.2% decrease, resulting in an average reduction of 19¢ per $100 of employer’s assessable payroll.

For more information about premium rate changes in 2016 and how the rates are set, please visit the WorkSafeBC website. (

Make It Safe 2015 educates and inspires OHS professional in BC

On October 27-28, 2015, leaders in workplace safety throughout British Columbia descended on the Delta Burnaby Hotel and Conference center for the annual Make It Safe conference. Organized by the FIOSA-MIOSA Safety Alliance of BC, Make It Safe is for the benefit of occupational health and safety & human resource professionals and features a variety of educational and thought provoking talks from a diverse cross section of OHS disciplines.

Delegates at the Make It Safe conference were treated to two full days of inspirational speakers, educational breakouts, meaningful networking and terrific collaboration. They had the opportunity to learn from 22 exhibiting companies presenting the newest products, tools and services to assist in the common goal to Make It Safe.

Shirley Hickman, Executive Director of Threads of Life, opened Make it Safe with a riveting story about her own personal journey following the loss of her son in a workplace accident. Her organization, Threads of Life, helps families heal through a community support and shares the same vision of FIOSA-MIOSA to lead and inspire a culture shift of which work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths are morally, socially and economically unacceptable.

Highlights of Make It Safe also included Spencer Beach telling his inspirational story of overcoming incredible physical, emotional and psychological odds resulting from a workplace accident that left him with third and fourth degree burns to over 90% of his body. Spencer’s keynote speech, the final of four keynotes over the two day conference, was an exclamation point on why an investment in workplace safety is so important.


Thanks to the generous support of sponsors including WorkSafeBC, Diversified Rehabilitation Group and Xilo, attendees of Make It Safe were able to leave with useful tools and resources to assist in their efforts to build effective health and safety programs for their workplace.

This unique conference will be back in Fall 2016 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of gathering health and safety professionals in a common goal to Make It Safe.