OHS Training in Focus

The BC manufacturing sector is facing significant pressure to adapt within an evolving world—integrating new technology to stay competitive and finding new ways to address staffing shortages in a diverse and changing employee demographic. That level of change brings with it not only operational challenges, but also the potential for new health and safety risks.

As we prepare for the upcoming Make It Safe Conference, our focus is on delivering health and safety education to meet the changing training needs of our members. In this issue, we share experiences from member companies using training and innovation to address increasing competition, staffing challenges, and workplace safety risks.

We look at a Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC pilot training program to increase awareness of the radiation risks associated with the use of x-ray technology in manufacturing and quality control, and the controls needed to protect workers from exposure.

We travel to the Okanagan, visiting Ripley Stainless Steel in Summerland, to talk about prevention-focused education. Ripley’s story spotlights confined space safety training, motivated by a long-ago fall into a confined space by the company’s founder while working alone.

Traveling north to Kelowna, we stop in at Mission Hill Winery, where the conversation turns to data-driven safety management and a focus on new worker orientation and ongoing education—including a day-long annual health and safety fair for employees.

We visit sheet metal fabricator Cobotix in Port Coquitlam to explore how integrating robotics is reducing risk in the production process and helping retain workers by automating repetitive tasks and freeing up staff to work on more interesting and complex tasks.

And we talk with BC Ferries CEO and recent BC Safety Charter signatory Mark Collins about the importance of leadership in health in safety, vigilance against complacency, and the corporation’s dedication to safety education, inside BC Ferries and in the marine industry worldwide.

Also in this issue, we are excited to highlight the October 24-25 Make It Safe Conference at UBC, and unveil a valuable new insurance benefit exclusively for OSSE-certified companies.

While the Alliance offers a range of services to support you, we know that training has a measurable impact on safety performance. From new classroom and webinar training options to a new online learning management system we are piloting this fall, to the expanded program at this year’s Make It Safe

Conference, we are committed to high-value training that delivers real impact in the health and safety of your workers..

We look forward to seeing you at Make It Safe!