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Changes are coming… a new name, a new look and a new home!

We are pleased to announce that there are exciting changes coming our way in the upcoming weeks.

Firstly, following extensive consultation with our members, we have selected a new name. We chose a name that clearly communicates who we are and what we do to help our members.

INTRODUCING OUR NEW NAME AND LOGO:

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To coincide with our name change, we have adopted a fresh and modern look. Our new logo mark, the stylized M, captures the close relationship between manufacturing and safety. Repetition, combined with forward progress, are at the root of manufacturing and safety and lead to predictable and repeatable positive outcomes. The angled elements represent forward progress and momentum; the vertical elements convey the review and quality assurance aspect of both disciplines.

You will see our updated look launched in the coming days on our new website and email as well as social media profiles. You will see the full transformation of our organization as our training manuals, reference guides and marketing materials are rolled out over the next few weeks and months. Please be patient with us during this process as all of the work during this time is completed in–house.

Our second exciting announcement is that our head office is moving to new location within Chilliwack, BC, effective July 25. We are also happy to announce that we have opened a satellite office in Summerland to support our BC interior clients more effectively.

On July 22 there will be disruption to the office phone and fax and website as we move to the new office. There may also be some disruption during the weeks of July 25 to August 5th as we are settling into our new facilities. Please be patient with us during this time. If you are having difficulty getting in touch with the main office, cell phone numbers have not been affected by this change so we encourage you to use the mobile phone number of your contact within our organization in order to reach us. We do not foresee any disruption in serving you throughout this period and expect all scheduled appointments to go forward without interruption.

We thank you for your continued support and we look forward to working with you in creating a culture of safety where each worker returns home safe….every night.

PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW CONTACT INFORMATION BELOW:

Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC
[Chilliwack – Head Office]
Unit A, 43833 Progress Way
Chilliwack, BC
V2R 0E6
Phone: 1.604.795.9595
Fax: 1.604.795.9507
website: safetyalliancebc.ca

Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC
[Summerland – Satellite Office]
Unit 201, 9901 Main St
Summerland, BC
V0H 1Z0
Phone: 1.250.808.4079

Safety Leadership in Action

Kerry (Canada) Inc., manufacturer of flavored syrup, recently achieved OSSE (Occupational Safety Standard of Excellence) certification with a successful audit of their Delta, BC facility. OSSE is the Certificate of Recognition for Manufacturers in BC.

Headed by the leadership of Lyn Peterson (Production Manager) and Rob Montgomery (health and safety coordinator), Kerry (Canada) Inc. secured the buy-in from the Kerry team, and upper management in formalizing a health and safety standard.

“Kerry is a big supporter of safety, right from the top of the chain in the east. They start every meeting with safety” says Lyn Peterson. “It has to start at the top. I didn’t have that at a previous employer and we weren’t nearly as effective in implementing change.”

Rob Montgomery was able to impact change with the support of his superiors. “If I’m having trouble with anything I can call my regional manager. I have that buy in from leadership.”

As a health and safety coordinator, Rob put his people skills to use to support the needs of his team. “We are a small plant. I know every employee that we have here and we are all friends. It can be hard to get up close and personal with workers in some of the larger plants. We are a family here.”

This culture of safety and care for each other is evident when mistakes are made. “We always tell people that if someone comes up to them and says, ‘Hey, you’re doing this wrong, or you’ve forgotten that’, to say thank-you and not to get upset. They are just looking out for you. We aren’t here to pick on them, we are there to help them.”

Kerry makes use of ‘Eye for Safety’ cards to address and communicate concerns in their operation. When an employee spots a hazard or any other item that needs attention they fill out a card and submit it to management.

“The key to making our ‘Eyes for Safety’ cards work is ensuring the staff knows we are listening,” says Rob. “We deal with them at our daily operations meeting each morning. We assign it, document it, and communicate it. To make it a little more fun and encourage buy-in we do a draw every month and award a gift card.”

The challenge of achieving OSSE certification was one that Lyn and Rob were ready for. “Working towards OSSE certification put the framework in place for us. The OSSE standard got us organized”, says Lyn. According to Rob, “Tal (Sperling – FIOSA-MIOSA Safety Advisor) was a huge help. She wouldn’t let me off the hook on key issues. If I had any issues, questions or concerns, she was always there to help me.”

Despite the huge undertaking, it was well worth it for Lyn Peterson. “I’d rather be involved in the work of certification than the accident investigation after wondering, ‘what did I do wrong?’ We have had well over 425 days without a lost time incident. We are incredibly proud of this.”