This year’s OSSE Awards Gala saw a record number of companies receiving their Occupational Safety Standard of Excellence (OSSE) certification but it also introduced an even higher level excellence for OSSE certified companies with the new Pinnacle Awards.
The Pinnacles Awards reward those who go above and beyond OSSE certification through a variety of stages. The first stage, which was recognized this year, is awarded when a company is both OSSE certified and becomes a signatory to the BC Safety Charter.
FIOSA-MIOSA CEO Lisa McGuire addressed the record number of attendees at the annual awards and thanked everyone for their commitment to health and saefty.
“OSSE is about changing safety culture on a lasting basis,” she said.
McGuire described the five levels of the Pinnacle Awards, which start with OSSE certification, and move through four more levels based on increasedcommitment and achievement.
McGuire explained the thinking behind the awards.
“Our model of sustained engagement is designed to build on OSSE certification by having senior leadership join the BC Safety Charter and embark on a journey of continuous improvement,” she said.
Photos of representatives of the new OSSE certified companies and the winners of the Pinnacle Awards will be posted on the FIOSA-MIOSA website.
OSSE is BC’s solution for manufacturers seeking a comprehensive health and safety management system. OSSE offers offer significant financial rewards for successful completion of the OSSE Journey. The program promotes equally the concept of managing health and safety with other components necessary for a successful business such as profitability and productivity.
BC Safety Charter
The BC Safety Charter represents the commitment from industry and organizational leaders to create a workplace culture based on the principle that the effective management of health and safety is essential to long term profitability and sustainability. The Charter represents the commitment from industry and organizational leaders to create a workplace culture based on the principle that the effective management of health and safety is essential to long term profitability and sustainability.
The first Pinnacle Awards were awarded this year to:
- Saputo Dairy Products Canada G.P.
- ARYZTA Canada
- Knight Signs, a Division of Pacific Sign Group Inc
- Agropur Cooperative
- TYCROP Manufacturing Ltd.
- Armtec Precast Concrete Solutions Pacific
- Wallace and Carey Inc
- Sysco Victoria
- Nestle Canada Inc.
- Sysco Vancouver
- Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Ltd
- Vanderpol Eggs Ltd
- Vitalus Nutrition Inc
- Sandel Foods Inc
- Gate Gourmet
- Sysco Kelowna
- Sun-Rype Products Ltd.