Research and Development
Understanding and supporting the health and safety needs of BC's manufacturing sector

Industry and market research are critical to understanding and addressing the needs of our manufacturing and food processing members. The Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC is actively engaged in several significant research and development projects. We are undertaking these projects in collaboration with industry, academic, and government partners with aligned visions and values. Their essential guidance, expertise, and financial support help support the success of this important work.

OHS Competency Framework

Developed in a Sector Labour Market Partnership sponsored by the British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, the OHS Competency Framework defines the body of knowledge and skills for the OHS profession as a critical step in establishing standards for the OHS profession, beginning with the manufacturing sector. It lays the groundwork for ultimately establishing accredited paths for professionals to develop robust OHS competencies.

National Audit Standard

The Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC is working with key stakeholders across Canada to establish a nationally recognized occupational health and safety management system audit standard for  manufacturing.

This new health and safety system benchmark will meet or exceed the requirements for COR across Canada, ISO 45001, and will integrate other best practices, such as psychological health and safety.

Manufacturing Sector Mental Health Strategy

Workplace mental health has emerged as a top priority for British Columbia manufacturers. Manufacturing leaders across the province recognize that post-COVID economic recovery depends on a mentally healthy workforce able to cope with relentless change. Leaders clearly recognize that today, employers’ duty of care includes both physical and mental health. In response, the Alliance is launching the Manufacturing Sector Mental Health Strategy.