In 10 years, we’ve seen the food manufacturing industry transform how they conduct business. In 2008 more than seven out of every 100 workers suffered a time-loss injury in the food industry, in 2016 it was less than four. This is a tremendous achievement and an important milestone that our longest standing members should be proud of achieving.
In our 10-year journey as a health & safety association, we have learned a great deal about how to best serve our members throughout the province. Recognizing that one size does not fi t all we have adapted our health & safety programs to support both on-site and distance learning platforms to reach as many members as possible to help them work toward health & safety excellence.
In this issue, we profile five companies and individuals who have accomplished a significant achievement in their pursuit of safety excellence. Their stories make it clear that focusing on safety presents an incredible opportunity to build great workplaces with people being the most valuable component of success.
Our flagship program is OSSE “Occupational Safety Standard of Excellence.” OSSE defines the manufacturing industry safety standard. Companies who have adopted the “systems approach” for managing health & safety risk are at the beginning of their journey in creating a culture that brings workers home to their families safely. In 2017, the Alliance itself achieved OSSE certification to better support a safe workplace for the team and to understand the journey that members go through.
I hope you have a chance to join us and network with your peers at the Safety Pinnacle Awards Gala on April 19. On this special night, we celebrate our members’ achievements and the tremendous work and innovation they have accomplished while pursuing safety excellence in their organizations.
Together we are building better workplaces and shaping the foundation for the safest province to work and live in Canada.