Business Plan 2018
The Manufacturing Alliance of BC (formerly FIOSA-MIOSA Safety Alliance of BC and hereafter known as the Alliance) is a not-for-profit industry organization established to address occupational health and safety challenges and opportunities specific to food and beverage processing and manufacturing industries.
The Alliance was established in 2007 as a not-for-profit organization with an inaugural mandate to reduce the high injury rate in the food processing sector. In November 2010, the Alliance was formally requested to expand their membership to include 14 classification units (CUs) in the manufacturing sector, expanded to 18 CUs in 2012 and 21 at the beginning of 2016.
A proposal put forward to WorkSafeBC to engage in a pilot that would enable FIOSA-MIOSA Safety Alliance of BC to provide occupational health and safety (OHS) services to seven additional high risk CUs in the manufacturing sector for three years from 2016 – 2018 was accepted and a contract signed in December 2015.
The goal of the pilot is to increase knowledge of occupational health and safety and reduce injuries in the six high risk CUs identified by WorkSafeBC. Support from employers within the CUs to continue providing OHS services at the end of the three years will be sought at the end of the pilot.
To accommodate individual membership requests the Alliance developed a membership option to open the opportunity to additional manufacturers and employers who requested service from the Alliance. These individual employer members are both within and outside of the manufacturing industry.
The Alliance presently operates on a province-wide basis, representing all segments of the food and beverage processing industries, and currently 28 manufacturing CUs. This encompasses over 3,000 employers within British Columbia.