Happy New Year

By Lisa McGuire. We would like to wish all of you the very best in 2015, and we look forward to working with you over the next year.

Looking back at 2014, we have achieved a great deal and your continued support helped us be successful in reaching our goals. FIOSA-MIOSA continued to experience tremendous growth in 2014.

This led to organizational changes which will enable us to reach out to our members in ways never before possible. We are committed to our mission and to delivering world-class service, products, programs and events to our members in health and safety.

In addition to managing the operations, we developed and acted upon plans for the future in order to ensure FIOSA-MIOSA remains at the forefront of health and safety provincially, nationally and internationally.

The Board renewed the Vision, Mission and Core Values in 2014 and shaped the next three years by adopting the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan. The plan shows sustainable growth over the next three years by offering of new services, programs and tools while continuing to deliver first-class OHS support to our members.

The expansion of the Safety Pooling System and the Department of Research, Programs and Development are just two examples of the ways in which we have built on our success in making excellence in health, safety and well-being in the workplace accessible and meaningful to BC employers.

The Occupational Safety Standard of Excellence (OSSE) has continued to grow in significance and is being recognized by employers all over the province and beyond as BC’s solution for manufacturers seeking a comprehensive health and safety management system. Preliminary findings from research indicate that OSSE certified companies are higher performing companies compared to similar non-certified companies. We will continue the research study in 2015 as more companies become certified and expand the research with our UBC partners to help us learn more about the effectiveness of the OSSE standard in reducing injuries.

There is much to look forward to in 2015 but everything that lies before us is the result of the support, passion and engagement of our members. We thank you for working with us to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our employees. Recognizing that we will be approaching a skilled labour shortage, it will become even more important to be employers of choice with strong cultures in the days ahead.

In the upcoming year we will develop our research department, tools and programs with the expectation of securing our first research grant in 2015; recruit more CEOS to adopt the BC Safety Charter while continuing to actively engage the current BC Charter members through a variety of initiatives; continue to expand the Safety Pooling System, our training learning center and FIOSA-MIOSA membership as well as participation in the OSSE program while developing comprehensive quality assurance services, products and programs.

It has been a remarkable year and we anticipate an exciting year ahead where we will see comparable growth and success. With your support we have proven we can achieve great things. A sincere thank you to everyone who has contributed towards our mission of “engaging, educating and empowering our members through innovative health and safety programs, services and tools to make a difference in their lives.”

A safe and prosperous 2015 for all!

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