As October’s Manufacturing Month drew to a close, 120 safety professionals from a diverse group of British Columbia manufacturers gathered at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster for Make It Safe 2018.
In its 12th year, the sold-out Make It Safe conference brought together health and safety leaders, workers, and educators in a unique forum. From Minister Jasmeet Singh Bains’s welcoming message and a high-energy opening keynote with Stuart Ellis-Myers, to Paul Krismer’s inspiring closing session, Make It Safe challenged attendees to put new ideas to work to transform their workplace culture.
Two full-day sessions provided intensive training for frontline leaders, managers, and HR professionals. Seventeen full day and partial-day workshops gave attendees an array of options for focused professional development.
Popular sessions offered insight into industry hot topics such as cannabis policy and enforcement in the workplace and engaging orientation programs for millennials.
Workshops connected the dots between lean manufacturing and safety, introduced innovations in machine safeguarding, and provided practical solutions for incident investigation. Attendees learned leadership best practices and gained new tools to manage stress, prevent MSIs, and better equip their safety teams.
An expert panel brought together leaders from government, industry, academia, and the Manufacturing Safety Alliance to discuss steps to standardize the OHS profession for the manufacturing industry.
In addition, exhibitors Chemscape Safety Technologies, Blackridge Solutions, and SiteDocs Safety Corporation introduced innovative products in manufacturing safety. At Wednesday’s networking dinner, SiteDocs was awarded the Make It Safe Innovation Award for its time-saving, paperless safety document management app.
To all who made time to be away from their businesses to attend, and to the sponsors and exhibitors who helped make this event possible, the Alliance team extends our warmest thanks.
To view photos from Make It Safe 2018, visit safetyalliancebc.ca/event-photos/2018-make-it-safe