A Culture of Safety

We know that with proper training and easy to follow processes that every business is capable of reducing their injury rates. Safety Culture, however, is more than following the rules. Safety Culture is a value that never changes and isn’t subject to shifting priorities within an organization.

When all levels of an organization understand the principle that the effective management of health and safety is essential to the long term profitability and sustainability then true safety culture is possible.

The Business Case

Our members have reported these improvements to their operations since adopting a culture of safety in their workplace.

Lowered Insurance Premiums

We know we can reduce insurance premiums.

From 2008 to 2013, employers in the Food and Beverage Processing and Manufacturing industries saved millions as a result of better health and safety, reduced injury rates and reduced WorkSafeBC premiums.

Lowered Injury Rates

We know we can reduce injury rates.

From 2008 to 2013, with a concerted effort on the part of industry leaders and the creation of the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC the Food and Beverage Processing and Manufacturing industries in BC managed to bring down injury rates significantly.

Increased Productivity

We know a safe and healthy workplace is a more productive workplace.

How do we know? Our members have observed these reduced time lost incidents, reduced absenteeism, reduced staff turnover, increased worker satisfaction and engagement and increased productivity.

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Increased Profits

We know a more productive workplace with a low injury rate is more profitable workplace.

How do we know? Our members have old us that when workers miss less time, feel more valued and are more productive that the net benefits are higher profits.

“It is amazing what happens to a whole organization once the employee is truly able to say to themselves, ‘The company actually cares about me.'”

Dave McAnerney
Dave McAnerneyPresident and CEO, Sun-Rype Products Ltd.

“One of the things I learned, and one of the reasons I signed the Health & Safety Charter, is that I started thinking more about the people I’m responsible for, ensuring they return home safely to their families every day. I know all of my employee’s kids.”

Sandra Oldfield
Sandra OldfieldWinemaker, President, CEO, Tinhorn Creek Wineries & BC Safety Charter Signatory

“When I started down this path, we had a great safety record, but I realized we viewed it as just a part of the job, not as a culture within our organization that needed to be developed and embraced by all our staff. We needed to continually recognize our vulnerabilities when working in the many different environments we deploy our staff into each and every day.”

Rick Gibbs
Rick GibbsOwner, Neutron Factory Works

“We found we had employees who really, really cared about our organization. It sounds trite but, if you don’t care about your staff, they won’t care about you. The trust we developed with our staff through our drive to reduce accidents paid off in a hundred different ways through those difficult days.”

Ben Hume
Ben HumePresident, Sheppards Buildings Materials Inc.