25 companies recognized at 3rd Annual OSSE Awards Gala

25 companies who have demonstrated exemplary performance in occupational health and safety were recognized with the Safety Pinnacle Award at the OSSE Awards Gala on April 27th at the Aria Banquet Centre in Surrey.

“This is an opportunity for us to recognize leaders in health and safety, leaders in manufacturing, and we want to do our best to put them on a podium,” said Lisa McGuire, CEO of the FIOSA-MIOSA Safety Alliance of BC.

Chris Inkster, VP of Freeport Industries and winner of the Sapphire and Topaz Safety Pinnacle Award agrees with the importance of recognizing safety excellence. “It is really important that you celebrate your successes. We want to have our people recognized for everything that they’ve done and that they will continue to do.”

Daneen Skilling, Chair of the Board of Directors for FIOSA-MIOSA was impressed by the execution of the award winners. “Chatting with some of these people that have gone so far and done so much… you know they have actually walked the walk and talked the talk.”

Help to achieve OSSE certification was needed along the way for a number of companies. “They were very supportive. Quite frankly I don’t think we could have done it to the level of success without the support of FIOSA-MIOSA,” said Blaine Tremblay of Marine Harvest. “This is a huge recognition and accomplishment for us and we need to be sure to celebrate our safety successes because safety is the key priority in our company.”

In the end it was an entertaining evening of networking and celebration. “This is an excellent opportunity for us to talk with our members, and inspire them to continue and really work together towards our vision of changing the culture of the manufacturing industry,” said Lisa McGuire.

More photos from the Gala at safetyalliancebc.ca/event-photos

The 3 R’S of Successful Safety Habits

To celebrate the North American Occupation Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week we are hosting member companies on May 3rd at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Surrey Campus for a day of Occupational Health & Safety education.

Starting at 8am, we will be covering topics including Supervisor Awareness, MSI Prevention, WHMIS 2015 and Habits of PPE.

Members are welcome to attend individual sessions or book a pass for the entire day at no cost. To reserve your spot for the full day or individual sessions please go to our NAOSH Week 2016 page.

Space is limited, reserve your seat today.

Excellence in Manufacturing

Westbank BC manufacturer is the first company to achieve OSSE certification from the FIOSA-MIOSA Safety Pooling System Program (SPS)

Freeport Industries enhanced its commitment to excellence by completing the Journey to OSSE earlier this year. Based in Westbank, the manufacturer of customized modular structures for residential, commercial and industrial clients is the first company to graduate the SPS program offered by FIOSA-MIOSA.

“We have always prided ourselves on excellence in manufacturing with a focus on quality, flexibility and speed. Our goals as an organization wouldn’t be achieved if any of these came at the expense of the safety of our employees” said Freeport Industries VP Chris Inkster. “By joining FIOSA-MIOSA’s Safety Pooling System we were able to share the costs of a health and safety professional while seeing a significant safety culture change within our organization.”

Freeport was able to make significant strides towards achieving OSSE certification because of SPS, the first of its kind in the Occupational Health and Safety world, which allows groups of manufacturers to share the costs of a safety advisor.

SPS Supervisor Jarlath MacKenzie manages Freeport’s pool and was able to share the combined knowledge of the 5 other companies when building Freeport’s health & safety program. He guided Freeport’s in-house safety team through all the steps required to implement an effective safety strategy and advised on training programs where needed. The fact that Freeport Industries is the first graduate of the SPS program is a special source of pride for Jarlath and the FIOSA-MIOSA team.

Jarlath considers Freeport Industries an example for all manufacturers in British Columbia. “They took full advantage of the opportunity to develop a Health and Safety program and were able to achieve OSSE certification in record time.”

Members of the FIOSA-MIOSA team visited Freeport Industries in June and presented Chris Inkster with an award to recognize Freeport Industries OSSE certification.

Q1 Newsletter: RIMEX Supply Ltd., Combustible Dust, Machine Guarding, etc.

Our first newsletter of 2016 is complete and members will be receiving their copy soon. Included in this issue is a feature on safety leader RIMEX Supply Ltd., the hazards of Combustible Dust and ways you can protect your company from the risks associated with improper Machine Safeguarding and Lockout plus much more.

Download your copy today: fmiosa.com/new/newsletter-archive