Leadership to Promote a Culture of Safety

LeadershipWhat is leadership that promotes a culture of safety?

Organizational culture consists of attitudes, values and beliefs that are demonstrated in the workplace on a daily basis and affect the mental and physical well-being of employees; such as

  • respect
  • appreciation
  • commitment to balanced workloads and job enrichment
  • decision latitude
  • employee involvement
  • support for work-life balance.

Strong leaders recognize that solid health and safety performance drives business results. They promote a culture of safety in their organizations, and integrate prevention measures into business strategies, processes and performance measures.

What the law says

The Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations set out clear requirements for creating a safe and healthy physical work environment. Leaders go beyond meeting their legal obligations, and seek instead to meet the spirit of the law - knowing that organizational performance depends on healthy, safe, engaged employees.

How leadership can help your organizational culture

Advocating within their firms for employee health and safety is a fundamental, achievable and critical role for executive leaders that resonates powerfully at both a corporate and social level. The business case for health and safety resonates whether the organization is motivated by its bottom line, reputation, or corporate social responsibility.

What you can do

Research is clear that a prevention culture begins and ends with the executive leader's passion for health and safety. CEOs, owners and other leaders within the organization can transform the workplace by:

  • wholeheartedly embracing the goal of zero injuries, illnesses and fatalities, and by making it personal: who would tolerate an injury to oneself, one's family members, or one's co-workers?
  • demonstrating to employees that health and safety matters by visibly participating; for example, by joining joint health and safety committee meetings and inspections at least twice a year
  • making their expectations of supervisors known, and holding them accountable: supervisor awareness - for example, around the critical issue of orientation training - is often the weak link in an organization's health and safety performance.

LeadershipCEO Health + Safety Leadership Network

WSPS is committed to providing opportunities through the CEO H+S Leadership Network for members to openly discuss challenges, best practices and exchange knowledge and ideas on performance excellence and the advancement of a strategy for a robust provincial culture of health and safety. Established through the efforts of WSPS in 2014, the group has tackled timely subjects such as on the job mindfulness, workplace mental health, brain-centered hazards and integrating health and safety into the board agenda. White papers offering insight on these topics are available at ceohsnetwork.ca.

3 ways to improve your own health and safety culture

  • Learn more about the CEO Health + Safety Leadership Network. Canada's Best Health + Safety Culture Award was developed in part by WSPS through the CEO Health + Safety Leadership Network, a distinguished group of leaders committed to building sustainable businesses and communities.
  • Check out WSPS' online resources.
  • Attend local WSPS Network and Knowledge Exchange functions. Topics vary from roundtable discussions and updates on legislation and injury trends to sharing best practices.

Consulting Services

General Consulting Services

General Consulting Services

Integrating health and safety into your workplace is good business.  WSPS’ consultants employ a results-based approach to health, safety and environment, focused on building self-reliance,  and enabling your organization to implement, manage and continually improve your health and safety programs.

E-Courses

Health and Safety for Senior Executives: Legislation and Liability (English) (1 hour)

Health and Safety for Senior Executives: Legislation and Liability (English) (1 hour)

Reduce liabilities and increase organizational compliance through high performance health and safety leadership.
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$64.00

Health and Safety for Senior Executives: Legislation and Liability (French) (1 hour)

Health and Safety for Senior Executives: Legislation and Liability (French) (1 hour)

Reduce liabilities and increase organizational compliance through high performance health and safety leadership.
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$64.00

Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (English)

Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (English)

Knowledge to implement a health and safety management system suited to your organization's needs.

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Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (French)

Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (French)

Knowledge to implement a health and safety management system suited to your organization's needs.

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Downloads

Supervisor competencies: the key to building a strong safety culture

Supervisor competencies: the key to building a strong safety culture

Supervisors - engaged, knowledgeable, responsive - are indispensable to a strong safety culture. These six posters promote passion for and pride in such areas as leadership, coaching, and training, by personalizing the promise supervisors implicitly make to workers: "You're safe with me."

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Submission on the Discussion Paper to Develop an Integrated Occupational Health and Safety Strategy

Submission on the Discussion Paper to Develop an Integrated Occupational Health and Safety Strategy

Ontario's occupational health and safety strategy is of great importance to the members and industries represented by WSPS, who collectively employ more than 3.8 million people. To that end, WSPS submitted its response to the Ministry of Labour’s Prevention Office Discussion Paper which was released to support the overall development of an Ontario Integrated Occupational Health and Safety Strategy.

See "Submission on the Discussion Paper to Develop an Integrated Occupational Health and Safety Strategy - Briefing" for highlights from this submission.
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Submission on the Discussion Paper to Develop an Integrated Occupational Health and Safety Strategy - Briefing

Submission on the Discussion Paper to Develop an Integrated Occupational Health and Safety Strategy - Briefing

This document contains highlights from the "Submission on the Discussion Paper to Develop an Integrated Occupational Health and Safety Strategy".
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Hazard Management Tool

Hazard Management Tool

The purpose of this tool, developed by the WSIB in collaboration with the HSO members, is to provide workplaces with a step-by-step approach to recognizing, assessing and controlling hazards, and monitoring the ongoing effectiveness of those controls.
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Articles

"Transformational" - how one company sums up WSPS' Safety Group

Apollo Health & Beauty Care is going on three years with no lost-time injuries, and recently earned a 100% score on a health and safety audit. What's their secret?

Dec 01, 2016
Canada's Best H + S Culture Award winner:

Canada's Best H + S Culture Award winner: "We don't need a better hard hat"

In 2011, New Brunswick Power Corporation (NB Power) launched a new safety campaign - "We don't need a better hard hat" - that galvanized workers to achieve new levels of health and safety performance. It also captured the essence of what is now an award-winning health and safety culture.

Dec 01, 2016
Firing up your JHSC: proven tips from a 24-year veteran (Part 2)

Firing up your JHSC: proven tips from a 24-year veteran (Part 2)

In this second of two parts, Dave Powers offers seven more no- or low-cost tips for getting the most out of your JHSC. The director, health, safety and environment for Oxford Frozen Foods has worked with many joint health and safety committees (JHSCs) over the last 24 years.

Dec 01, 2016
Earn safety and financial returns through WSPS' 2017 Safety Group - only weeks left to register

Earn safety and financial returns through WSPS' 2017 Safety Group - only weeks left to register

Just-released results show workplaces belonging to WSPS' 2015 Safety Group reduced their injury frequency rate by 7% and their severity rate by 11%. In the process they earned a collective $6.2 million WSIB rebate. Become a member and you could achieve similar results.

Nov 04, 2016

"Building your farm's health and safety program" - get going with 3 half-day sessions

Boost your understanding of health and safety and start developing an effective health and safety program by attending three half-day sessions taking place November 7, 14, and 22 in St. Thomas.

Oct 21, 2016
8 ways to protect your people from cyber bullies

8 ways to protect your people from cyber bullies

Could your company's social media channels become a forum in which the public threaten and harass your employees?

Oct 06, 2016
WSPS' Safety Group: earn a rebate while finding focus for your health and safety program

WSPS' Safety Group: earn a rebate while finding focus for your health and safety program

"Before joining WSPS' Safety Group, I felt a bit like the Tasmanian Devil," says Drew Douglas, health and safety supervisor, for the Chippewas of Rama First Nation. "We already had a successful health and safety program in place, we just didn't have the management system. I'd start working on one component of our system over here, then spin over and do a little bit of work there. I'd be all over the place."

Oct 06, 2016
8 steps to help you implement new workplace harassment requirements

8 steps to help you implement new workplace harassment requirements

Workplace harassment can have debilitating consequences for victims, their co-workers, and the business. "If there's even an inkling of this behaviour in the workplace, the situation needs to be addressed immediately," says WSPS consultant Charmaine Mitchell. "If workers don't feel safe, it can have widespread repercussions on employee well-being and organizational productivity."

Sep 08, 2016
12 ways to engage workers in slip, trip and fall prevention

12 ways to engage workers in slip, trip and fall prevention

A recent prosecution resulting from the death of a worker who tripped on an empty pallet is a shocking reminder of how easily things can go wrong. We asked WSPS's Jennifer MacFarlane how warehouses, distributions centres and other workplaces could avoid similar incidents. Her immediate response: involve everyone.

Jul 05, 2016
New AODA requirements are in effect now. Here's what you need to know

New AODA requirements are in effect now. Here's what you need to know

Under regulatory amendments that took effect July 1, all of an organization's employees and volunteers must now be trained on accessible customer service and how to interact with people with disabilities. "This is a significant shift," says Jennifer Threndyle, a WSPS consultant and AODA compliance expert. "Previously, only members of your organization who work with customers or create policies and procedures on how to interact with people with different disabilities required the training."

Jul 05, 2016
Test how well you support your supervisors with these 10 questions

Test how well you support your supervisors with these 10 questions

"A good supervisor wears many hats," says WSPS territory manager Sandy Ash. "Coach, mentor, employee and employer advocate, production coordinator, HR liaison, health and safety specialist... It's a big job requiring this 'superhuman' to be all these things at the same time."

Jul 05, 2016
Leaders brainstorm strategies for addressing mental health in the workplace

Leaders brainstorm strategies for addressing mental health in the workplace

At a roundtable event in 2015, members of the CEO Health + Safety Leadership Network ranked stress, workplace violence and mental health as top hazards in their workplaces. Their experience is consistent with other Canadian businesses. Mental health problems are the number one cause of disability in Canada.

Jun 07, 2016
Stop, Think, Act - achieve standout safety results with this simple approach

Stop, Think, Act - achieve standout safety results with this simple approach

In collaboration with Imperial Oil and its network of Esso branded bulk fuel suppliers, WSPS is piloting a simple, easy to remember outreach message that has enormous potential to prevent injuries. Just ask Peter Szmidt, an Imperial Esso safety expert.

May 17, 2016
6 success strategies for keeping seasonal young workers healthy and safe

6 success strategies for keeping seasonal young workers healthy and safe

Golf may be a pastime for millions of Canadians, but it's serious business for ClubLink. The company owns and operates 54.5 18-hole equivalent championship and eight nine-hole academy courses in Ontario, Quebec and Florida.

May 05, 2016
Benefit from Canada's Best Health + Safety Culture Award - even if you're not applying

Benefit from Canada's Best Health + Safety Culture Award - even if you're not applying

The deadline to apply for Canada's Best Health + Safety Culture Award, the pinnacle of the Canada's Safest Workplace award program, is June 1. But whether you apply this year or not, there's no deadline for benefitting from the best practices that the award recognizes.

May 05, 2016
Discover prevention partners at Canada's largest annual OH&S event - April 26 & 27, 2016

Discover prevention partners at Canada's largest annual OH&S event - April 26 & 27, 2016

On April 26 and 27, WSPS will present a whole new world of prevention solutions at Partners in Prevention 2016 Health & Safety Conference & Trade Show. Partners in Prevention 2016 will host celebrated keynote speakers, 70+ cutting-edge sessions, workshops and professional development courses, as well as 400+ trade show booths showcasing innovative solutions to traditional and emerging health and safety challenges. Register today before the conference sells out.

Apr 04, 2016
How to prevent your employees from contracting Canada's most common form of cancer

How to prevent your employees from contracting Canada's most common form of cancer

If it were simple, the short answer would be to keep them out of the sun. But how do you protect people when research shows that even brief exposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation can put them at risk of skin cancer?

Apr 04, 2016
Confirmed! 6 evidence-based leading indicators can predict H&S performance

Confirmed! 6 evidence-based leading indicators can predict H&S performance

Researchers have identified six evidence-based leading indicators that can predict future health and safety performance - and help workplaces achieve maximum results. "Score well on these indicators and you should see it reflected in good performance in the future," explains Illia Tchernikov, WSPS program lead, OHS Research. "Score poorly and you should see an increase in injuries and illnesses."

Mar 03, 2016
Partners in Prevention 2016 trade show: breaking solutions for emerging hazards

Partners in Prevention 2016 trade show: breaking solutions for emerging hazards

WSPS' Partners in Prevention 2016 Health & Safety Conference & Trade Show stands out as the largest annual event of its kind in Canada, but for trade show visitors what does this really mean? "Walk through our doors and you enter a whole new world of solutions," says WSPS tradeshow and sponsorship specialist Kristina Toomey.

Mar 03, 2016
Partners in Prevention 2016: advancing the frontiers of health and safety

Partners in Prevention 2016: advancing the frontiers of health and safety

The health and safety community is being challenged with issues that didn't exist five years ago - everything from new approaches to core health and safety hazards to industrial robot systems, 3D printing, mental health first aid, nanotechnology, and more. Their impact on health and safety is massive and expanding rapidly. Are you up to speed?

Feb 10, 2016
28 ways to create a safety buzz in your workplace

28 ways to create a safety buzz in your workplace

Communication is key to inspiring a health and safety culture. "But don't just share information with people," says Janet Bewers, a WSPS business developer. "Engage and inspire them."

Jan 12, 2016
Inside the Vancouver Airport Authority's award-winning H&S culture

Inside the Vancouver Airport Authority's award-winning H&S culture

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is a busy place. In 2015, the airport welcomed more than 20 million passengers, a new record for one of Canada's fastest growing airports. "It's like a small city," says Kevin Hong, manager of health and safety for Vancouver Airport Authority, which is responsible for developing and maintaining airport infrastructure and overseeing the day-to-day operations at YVR.

Jan 12, 2016
Mental health at work: 10 best practices from early adopters of CSA Z1003

Mental health at work: 10 best practices from early adopters of CSA Z1003

In any given week, 500,000 Canadians will not make it to work because of a mental health problem or illness. Forty-one companies across Canada are tackling this head on. To promote positive mental health among all employees, these companies are implementing CSA Z1003, Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. They're also sharing their experiences with the Mental Health Commission of Canada. "We all have a chance to learn from this," says Andrew Harkness, WSPS' strategy advisor, organizational health initiatives.

Jan 12, 2016
How WSPS' Safety Group helped one workplace achieve international recognition

How WSPS' Safety Group helped one workplace achieve international recognition

From his days on the floor of a TRW Automotive plant in St. Catharines, Michael Cocco has always been interested in health and safety. Over time he's turned his interest into a career and helped the plant achieve internationally recognized health and safety performance.

Dec 07, 2015
Manage productivity and safety together and you'll do better in both, research shows

Manage productivity and safety together and you'll do better in both, research shows

Witnessing the aftermath of the death of a co-worker while working years ago as a summer student immediately drove home the value of safety for David Johnston, now an associate professor of operations management and information systems at York University's Schulich School of Business. As he puts it, "On a personal level I know what it means to workers when a really bad thing happens in the workplace." Through extensive research, Johnston has also learned what it can mean to a business: "companies that are really good at safety are usually really good at production, and companies that are really bad at safety are really bad at production."

Dec 07, 2015
Vancouver Airport Authority wins inaugural

Vancouver Airport Authority wins inaugural "Canada's Best Health + Safety Culture Award"

Vancouver Airport Authority has earned a top national honour for the manner in which it weaves health and safety through its culture. Created by WSPS and Canadian Occupational Safety Magazine and sponsored by Levitt Safety, the Canada's Best H + S Culture Award is the top prize within the prestigious line-up of the "Canada's Safest Employers" awards program.

Nov 09, 2015
WSPS Safety Group members score high, earning $6.4 M in rebates

WSPS Safety Group members score high, earning $6.4 M in rebates

Members of WSPS' Safety Group continue to achieve dramatic success in preventing injuries. Results just released by the WSIB show that members of the 2014 Safety Group slashed their lost-time injury frequency rate by 13.24%, and their injury severity rate by 18.97%. In response to their success, the 433 member firms that successfully completed the 2014 program will receive a combined $6.4 million premium rebate. You could too, by signing up for WSPS' 2016 Safety Group.

Nov 09, 2015
Cascading safety failures: 7 lessons to help prevent injuries or fatalities

Cascading safety failures: 7 lessons to help prevent injuries or fatalities

At some point, every workplace will have contractors performing work on site. Mostly they work safely and productively. But a recent incident in which a contractor's employee fell to his death and a co-worker sustained injuries shows how a cascading series of failures can have devastating effects. WSPS consultant Lois Weeks offers seven takeaways from this tragic and preventable incident. But first, here's what happened.

Sep 04, 2015
Champions of beer, responsibilities and health and safety

Champions of beer, responsibilities and health and safety

Ted Moroz, President of The Beer Store, first discovered how deeply he felt about creating a healthy and safe workplace when he bumped up against the apathetic attitude of a boss who figured if employees weren't 100%, they should just go off on disability. Moroz believed the employer should do everything possible to care for employees and keep them in the fold. He didn't listen to his boss and he brought people back on modified work. Many still work with him today.

 

Sep 04, 2015
Safety Group 2016: earn a WSIB rebate while building your health and safety program

Safety Group 2016: earn a WSIB rebate while building your health and safety program

Year after year, members of WSPS' Safety Group earn workers compensation premium rebates by improving their health and safety performance. So could you. In the most recent reported year, WSPS Safety Group members earned a collective 5.17% premium rebate - worth $6,763,820 - by reducing their lost-time injury frequency rate by 12.86% and their injury severity rate by 16.35%.

Sep 04, 2015
5 regional WSPS events coming to communities near you. Register today

5 regional WSPS events coming to communities near you. Register today

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services is bringing the latest health and safety solutions to you this fall via a series of regional conferences and trade shows. The operating premise is immediate and impactful: your community • your workplace • your results. Here you can learn, share, network, and find solutions for boosting safety and productivity.

Aug 06, 2015
8 tips on how to be a great supervisor

8 tips on how to be a great supervisor

"Great supervisors mean you have a great culture," says Greg Swan, health and safety officer for Ottawa Community Housing Corporation. Key attributes of great supervisors were the subject of a session Swan led at WSPS' national Partners in Prevention Health & Safety Conference & Trade Show. Here are some highlights.

Aug 06, 2015
Compass Group Canada: what a potential H + S culture award winner looks like

Compass Group Canada: what a potential H + S culture award winner looks like

Every year, as senior management and hundreds of others look on at Compass Group Canada's annual conference, one person from among the company's 29,000 employees will receive the Crystal Award for outstanding contribution to health and food safety. It's an essential moment in the organization’s ongoing commitment to enrich its health and safety culture.

 

Aug 06, 2015
BASF Canada's 6-step process for creating a safety culture

BASF Canada's 6-step process for creating a safety culture

As operations manager of BASF Canada's Windsor Paint Plant, Michael Helferty balances multiple management responsibilities all at the same time, but at WSPS' recent Partners in Prevention Health & Safety Conference & Tradeshow in Mississauga, he focused squarely on health and safety. In a fast-paced 90-minute session, Helferty shared a 6-step process for creating and sustaining a health and safety culture that helped BASF's Windsor plant achieve three years without even a recordable incident.

Jul 14, 2015
8 ways to build safety momentum after orientation

8 ways to build safety momentum after orientation

You've already delivered your health and safety orientation program to your young and new workers, but how do you translate it into a self-sustaining health and safety culture? In this follow-up to 7 proven tips to make your orientation training a success, Ken Jorgenson, MPS Property Services' operations manager and health and safety coordinator, describes the company's approach.

Jun 08, 2015
Engaged staff supports your build of a safety culture

Engaged staff supports your build of a safety culture

"Workers are a source of rich data that can be used for applying controls, correcting unsafe practices, and coaching and training," says WSPS consultant Norm Kramer. The best way to mine the data is to create an environment in which people feel safe speaking up, even when reporting a near miss or worse. Otherwise, you’ll never be able to access their experiences and ideas.

Jun 08, 2015
Improve supervisor performance by eliminating these 5 barriers

Improve supervisor performance by eliminating these 5 barriers

WSPS consultant Gord Leffley identifies five barriers to effective supervision and how to eliminate them so that you can better protect workers and improve your business. "In a well supervised workplace," says Leffley, "you get the performance you want, but you also get better and continually improving performance. Suggestions for making improvements move quickly up the organization, and the responses also move down quickly, engaging workers and encouraging innovation."

 

May 13, 2015
Place your organization in the running for a H+S Culture Award

Place your organization in the running for a H+S Culture Award

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS), which runs the CEO H+S Leadership Network with several strategic partners, recently unveiled the nomination criteria for what has been described as the country's highest honour among health and safety awards. The new Canada's Best Health + Safety Culture Award will recognize an entire organization - not just an individual - for outstanding contributions to building health and safety cultures and inspiring transformative behaviours within their areas of influence.

May 13, 2015
Partners in Prevention 2015: a 2-day explosion of trends, insights, strategies and best practices

Partners in Prevention 2015: a 2-day explosion of trends, insights, strategies and best practices

The newest addition to the program for WSPS' Partners in Prevention 2015 Health & Safety Conference & Trade Show - "It's Never OK: Ontario's Action Plan to End Sexual Violence and Harassment" - continues an event tradition of gathering and presenting the latest insights into emerging priorities, opportunities and solutions.

Apr 08, 2015
Partners in Prevention 2015: firing up inspiration, opportunities and change

Partners in Prevention 2015: firing up inspiration, opportunities and change

Partners in Prevention 2015 Health & Safety Conference & Trade Show, taking place April 28-29 in Mississauga, is where discoveries begin. In an atmosphere charged with energy and excitement, just one spark - a comment, a new skill, a story, an insight, a presentation, a new perspective, or a new product - can ignite a positive change in how we approach health and safety in our workplaces. With more than 60 conference sessions and 400 exhibits, sparks will be flying.

Mar 06, 2015
Spark change in your organization's health and safety performance

Spark change in your organization's health and safety performance

Just one new idea can spark change - a comment, a new skill, a story, a presentation, a new perspective, or a new product. Discover insights and inspiration that will activate knowledge and drive change at Partners in Prevention 2015 Health & Safety Conference & Trade Show, taking place April 28-29 in Mississauga.

Feb 09, 2015
Keeping third parties safe in your workplace: learn from an expert

Keeping third parties safe in your workplace: learn from an expert

Steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal Dofasco routinely has 300 third party employees working on site - and a comprehensive process to keep them as safe as its own employees. "We can't afford third parties on our property not performing to our expectations," explains senior health and safety specialist Steve Hinds. You may not have as many third party employees at your workplace, but ArcelorMittal Dofasco's third party compliance program still offers lots to learn from and apply.

Jan 12, 2015
Safety and business: one award winner’s strategic approach

Safety and business: one award winner’s strategic approach

Peter van Stralen, president and CEO of Sunshine Brands, is the latest recipient of an Ontario Premier's Award (business) for outstanding college graduates in Ontario. Graduating as a landscape technician in 1990, van Stralen has helped turn a family landscape business into a multi-million dollar brand with over 200 locations in Canada and the U.S. under two franchise concepts, The Grounds Guys and the Sprinkler Guys. Van Stralen is also a founding member of the CEO Health + Safety Leadership Network, a new group of forward thinking senior leaders who embrace their role as champions and influencers in the growth of sustainable businesses and communities in Ontario and beyond. He considers safety a critical success factor in sustaining the company's success. Here's what he told WSPS Network News in a recent conversation.

Jan 12, 2015
Employee engagement: how an award-winning workplace does it

Employee engagement: how an award-winning workplace does it

As maintenance manager and unofficial in-house trainer for Residence Inn by Marriott Downtown London, Tony D'Araino has many tools in his training kit. One of the more unusual tools is a scavenger hunt.

Dec 03, 2014
WSPS' 2015 Safety Group can help you maximize the value of your greatest H&S resource

WSPS' 2015 Safety Group can help you maximize the value of your greatest H&S resource

"There are so many things a joint health and safety committee (JHSC) can help improve at little or no cost," says John VanLenthe, a WSPS consultant who leads one of WSPS' 34 Safety Group chapters located across the province. "This is just one of many reasons why they're essential to the safe and efficient operation of any workplace."

Dec 03, 2014
CEOs talking safety: measuring performance, holding contractors accountable, and more

CEOs talking safety: measuring performance, holding contractors accountable, and more

"View from the Top," a Q&A session featuring three CEOs, is an annual must-see at WSPS' national Partners in Prevention Health & Safety Conference & Trade Show. CEOs share opinions, insights and advice as they answer such questions from delegates as "How are you able to instill health and safety as a core value in your managers and supervisors?"

Nov 06, 2014
WSPS announces a new organizational health + safety culture award

WSPS announces a new organizational health + safety culture award

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services president and CEO Elizabeth Mills has announced a new national award celebrating organizations that excel in leadership and the promotion of health and safety, not just in their own workplaces but in their networks and beyond.

Nov 06, 2014
How prevention saves a small business money

How prevention saves a small business money

All too often, people see health and safety as a cost rather than a savings. But investing in health and safety is a solid business strategy that can protect your people while improving profitability.

Oct 09, 2014
Small businesses too can benefit from WSIB premium rebates

Small businesses too can benefit from WSIB premium rebates

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services' Safety Groups program is an ideal fit for small business owners and managers who want to prevent injuries - and earn a rebate in the process - but are challenged by a lack of resources and expertise.

Oct 09, 2014
CEOs talking safety: view your people as an appreciating asset

CEOs talking safety: view your people as an appreciating asset

"In business," says Sunshine Brands president and CEO Peter Van Stralen, "there are two dominant mindsets. One is the boss mentality, where people are seen more as things." The other mindset is where people are seen as assets. "If you care about people and build them up within your organization, they become one of a company's few appreciating assets."

Sep 05, 2014
Learn business-building secrets from winners of the world's highest health and safety honour

Learn business-building secrets from winners of the world's highest health and safety honour

Every September the U.S. National Safety Council announces the latest winner of the Robert W. Campbell award, the world's most prestigious health and safety honour. But you can learn any time from the collective experience of award winners, as well as WSPS' own team of health and safety management system experts.

Sep 05, 2014
WSPS' Safety Group: learning and networking can help you earn WSIB rebates

WSPS' Safety Group: learning and networking can help you earn WSIB rebates

"A lot of our Safety Group members have "ah hah" moments," says WSPS consultant Jon Beveridge. "Especially in their first year." These moments - the product of learning and networking at regular meetings - often lead to dramatic performance improvements and cost savings.

Sep 05, 2014
All the world's a stage: WSPS's newest advisory committee supports Ontario's creative industry - and others

All the world's a stage: WSPS's newest advisory committee supports Ontario's creative industry - and others

Cineplex Entertainment's national health and safety consultant was bitten early by the theatre bug. Or more precisely, the movie theatre bug. "My uncle used to own a movie theatre," says Jerry Mouchian, "and at the age of 10 or 11 I used to help by splicing film and setting up the projector."

Aug 11, 2014
Demystifying safety culture: a practical peer-to-peer approach facilitated by WSPS

Demystifying safety culture: a practical peer-to-peer approach facilitated by WSPS

Case studies consistently show that successful businesses have a strong safety culture, but as WSPS consultant John Hollands notes, "the concept of creating a safety culture to help you grow your business is still pretty fresh." In response to growing interest, he now facilitates a series of networking and knowledge exchange (NKE) meetings for operational leaders - people responsible for managing health and safety in their workplace, regardless of the business size or sector. The next meeting takes place in September.

Aug 11, 2014
Assess your OHS performance in just 5 minutes

Assess your OHS performance in just 5 minutes

A new online assessment tool from the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) can help you gauge your current health and safety performance by benchmarking with your peers on a leading indicator of health and safety. With this information in hand, you can help your organization create a safer and more productive future.

Jul 07, 2014
Travelling for work: bring your employees back safe and healthy

Travelling for work: bring your employees back safe and healthy

Despite our increasingly wired world, most business people will take a handshake over a phone call or videoconference any day. A handshake makes creating new business opportunities, smoothing troubled transactions, and closing deals much easier.

Jul 04, 2014
Using leading indicators to prevent injuries: one firm's progress

Using leading indicators to prevent injuries: one firm's progress

Leading indicators - workplace measures that precede or indicate a future event - are rapidly gaining interest as a business tool that can help workplaces anticipate and prevent injuries. "We have in fact decreased our injuries and increased our hazardous occurrence and condition reporting significantly," reports Richard Coleman, national director of business continuity and health, safety, security and environment for Brookfield Johnson Controls Canada.

Jun 10, 2014
Lost in the maze of prevention requirements? Reach for Your Health & Safety GPS

Lost in the maze of prevention requirements? Reach for Your Health & Safety GPS

If you're a small or medium-sized business that needs a fast answer to a health and safety question, what would you rather do: turn to the Occupational Health and Safety Act - or perhaps your bulky health and safety manual - or reach for a simple, at-a-glance resource that quickly and clearly points you to what you need to know?

Jun 05, 2014
Do you work for one of Canada’s safest employers?

Do you work for one of Canada’s safest employers?

Celebrate your workplace’s commitment to health and safety by submitting a nomination for a Canada’s Safest Employers award. But act now. Nominations close Tuesday, June 24, 2014.
May 13, 2014
Partners in Prevention 2014: leadership insights to help you empower safety and productivity back at work

Partners in Prevention 2014: leadership insights to help you empower safety and productivity back at work

Taking action, making a difference, implementing change… how do we do this day to day in our own workplaces? At Partners in Prevention 2014 Health & Safety Conference & Trade Show, find out from session leaders - CEOs, managers, health and safety coordinators - how they do it and how you can empower yourself and others. Then tour the 400-exhibit trade show for new products and services to help you get it done.

Apr 03, 2014
Slates for Sarah: camera assistant's death catalyzes health and safety in the performance industry

Slates for Sarah: camera assistant's death catalyzes health and safety in the performance industry

Sarah Jones had all the traits and more to be a successful camera assistant: organizational skills, communication skills, attention to detail, agility, and speed. Nevertheless, none could help the 27-year-old escape the path of an oncoming train.

Apr 03, 2014
Can your shop towels be contaminating workers?

Can your shop towels be contaminating workers?

Shop towels could be exposing people to heavy metals even after they’ve been laundered, reports a study published in Human and Ecological Risk Assessment: An International Journal.

"This serves as an eye-opener," says Wagish Yajaman, a technical specialist at Workplace Safety & Prevention Services. "Exposure to hazardous substances is a bigger issue than people realize."

Jan 10, 2014
Gifts that keep on giving new resources for 2014, courtesy of WSPS's volunteer advisory committees

Gifts that keep on giving new resources for 2014, courtesy of WSPS's volunteer advisory committees

In 2013 more than 100 health and safety advocates representing WSPS member firms pooled their insight and expertise into building a toolbox filled with practical, easily implemented health and safety solutions.

Jan 10, 2014
How MOL's new OHS strategy puts workplaces first

How MOL's new OHS strategy puts workplaces first

A "blueprint" for occupational health and safety released in late December identifies strategic actions for all stakeholders in Ontario's prevention system, including workplace parties. These actions are intended to improve service delivery and support those with the greatest needs, such as small business and vulnerable workers.

Jan 10, 2014
Prevention system leaders weigh in on the evolution of occupational health and safety in 2013

Prevention system leaders weigh in on the evolution of occupational health and safety in 2013

In anticipation of the year's end, WSPS Network News asked key partners in Ontario's prevention system to share with readers key accomplishments and developments in 2013. Their responses appear in this article.

Dec 04, 2013
How health and safety can help you engage your employees

How health and safety can help you engage your employees

In upcoming months, Caesars Windsor will put all of its supervisors, managers, directors, and executives through two days of supervisor training. The focus of the course is on communication and coaching.
Oct 18, 2013
Securing a business advantage: two firms' Safety Group experience

Securing a business advantage: two firms' Safety Group experience

Lowe-Martin Group and Alpine Ski Club — two businesses different in almost every possible way — had functioning health and safety programs that put them comfortably in the middle of the pack. But that wasn’t enough. Both wanted an edge. Something that would take their programs to a higher level of performance.

Sep 19, 2013
Transforming your OHS performance: WSPS's take on a new strategy for Ontario

Transforming your OHS performance: WSPS's take on a new strategy for Ontario

In response to a public consultation led by Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) has submitted a series of recommendations that we believe could dramatically change the prevention system’s approach to eliminating workplace injuries and illnesses.

Sep 19, 2013
CSA's OHS standards: tools for enhancing business performance

CSA's OHS standards: tools for enhancing business performance

As progressively more complex issues drive organizational performance, businesses are looking at management systems to help them improve workflow and operational efficiencies, facilitate decision-making, stimulate change and growth, and at the same time complement rather than replace existing business processes. CSA standards are one such management resource.
Sep 03, 2013
WSPS Safety Group 2014: fast-track your safety performance

WSPS Safety Group 2014: fast-track your safety performance

“If you want to make your workplace safer,” says Anthony Perrino, director of facilities and mechanical services for Ottawa-based Lowe-Martin Group, “participate in a Safety Group. It will help you generate better results than you probably could on your own.”

Jul 30, 2013
Success(ion) planning at WSPS

Success(ion) planning at WSPS

Some of the faces may be changing, but the focus remains the same for Workplace Safety & Prevention Services' Board of Directors: continued growth and success for WSPS and its customers.

Jul 02, 2013
The future of OHS in Ontario: key messages from Partners in Prevention 2013

The future of OHS in Ontario: key messages from Partners in Prevention 2013

Embracing systemic and organizational change was a dominant theme among speakers at Partners in Prevention 2013 Conference and Trade Show, which took place April 30 – May 1 in Mississauga.
Jun 12, 2013
OHS as business strategy: one company's experience

OHS as business strategy: one company's experience

From one year to the next, Continental Mushroom's claim costs dropped from $165,000 to $2,000 with no significant change in the size of its workforce. Was it by chance? Smart money would bet on a revitalized health and safety program.
Jun 07, 2013
Volunteering preview: 3 new ways to network and share

Volunteering preview: 3 new ways to network and share

Canadians are clearly committed to making their communities better places to live, work and play. According to the Canada Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating, 2010, 13.3 million Canadians contribute 2.1 billion hours, the equivalent of 1.1 million full-time jobs to worthy causes throughout the country. At WSPS, our volunteers act as safety advocates and champions in communities across Ontario. They help to develop cultures of safety in their workplaces, their own homes, and the communities in which they live.

May 16, 2013
Wentworth Metal: when executives aren't insured against injury or illness

Wentworth Metal: when executives aren't insured against injury or illness

One employer’s failure to provide workers compensation for executives has led to a string of lawsuits and at least one appeal. Are your executives covered?

May 16, 2013
The world according to Target

The world according to Target

Nobody does things quite like Target, the upscale discount retailer. Since the 1962 opening of its first outlet, in Roseville, Minnesota, Target has evolved into a retail powerhouse with almost 1800 U.S. locations.
Apr 18, 2013
Drug and alcohol testing: case update

Drug and alcohol testing: case update

Two high profile court cases involving random testing of workers for drug and alcohol use have brought renewed attention to an ongoing concern: how to protect worker safety while respecting human rights.

Both cases are ongoing. Learn more about the issue, the cases and the implications of the decisions for workplaces considering drug and alcohol testing.

Mar 20, 2013
Lakeshore Sand: what's behind its winning safety performance

Lakeshore Sand: what's behind its winning safety performance

In late 2012, the Canadian Foundry Association presented Fairmount Minerals’ Lakeshore Sand operation in Hamilton, ON, with its annual CFA/WSPS Health and Safety Award, Certificate of Recognition. The processing and packaging operation has achieved 13 years without a single lost-time injury.

HSO Network News spoke with Bob Van Wyngaarden, the general manager, for insights on how Lakeshore Sand sustains its health and safety performance.

Mar 20, 2013
Preventing MSDs: keeping it simple

Preventing MSDs: keeping it simple

February 28 is Canada's national RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) Awareness Day. To avoid the fear factor involved in launching a musculoskeletal disorder prevention program, consider simplifying the solutions. Here are eight ideas to consider. Together, they can significantly improve health in your workplace and give you something to celebrate on next year's RSI Day.
Feb 19, 2013
WSPS Safety Group: one business’s audit experience

WSPS Safety Group: one business’s audit experience

This is the time of year when Ontario's Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) releases a list of businesses that will undergo a validation audit of their Safety Group activities. Time to panic?

Not necessarily, says Hanson Brick Ltd.'s John Lourenco. "Any time you go into an audit, you plan for the worst and hope for the best."

Feb 19, 2013
Due diligence defence: the

Due diligence defence: the "unforeseeability" factor

Three recent court decisions acknowledge unforeseeability - the inability to anticipate the event that occurred - as a valid consideration for workplace parties mounting a due diligence defence.
Jan 22, 2013
Creating a safety culture

Creating a safety culture

All the standards, safeguards and safety committees in the world won't help an employer keep employees safe if the company doesn't have a culture of safety. That’s the key takeaway from the group of 10 safety experts who headed to Aurora, ON in late September to take part in Manufacturing AUTOMATION's fourth annual machine safety roundtable.

Jan 17, 2013
Is WSPS’s Safety Group a good fit for my business?

Is WSPS’s Safety Group a good fit for my business?

This is just one of many questions Workplace Safety & Prevention Services consultants are fielding as registration for the 2013 Safety Group begins. WSPS consultant and Safety Group chapter lead Janet Bewers has her own take on the question, but first, more on the program itself. WSPS's Safety Group helps active members improve their safety performance, lower costs, and earn Workplace Safety and Insurance Board rebates through networking meetings and one-on-one access to consultants.
Sep 19, 2012
Safety Group 2013: leveraging the power of networking

Safety Group 2013: leveraging the power of networking

Beth Harrington, occupational health and safety coordinator for Bioniche Life Sciences Inc. in Belleville, is about to sign up for WSPS's 2013 Safety Group. This will be her fourth year. For Harrington, the link between WSPS's Safety Group and stronger corporate safety performance is clear: "I'm more knowledgeable and more skilled as a result of being a Safety Group member, and I bring that back to the workplace."
Aug 15, 2012
Are safety and operational systems compatible? Ontario study goes on site

Are safety and operational systems compatible? Ontario study goes on site

Researchers have studied 10 Ontario business operations in the first of a two-part examination of business perspectives on health and safety. One perspective contends that organizational excellence is premised partially on leveraging your human capital. So, if you don't take care of your human capital, you can't create a distinct competitive advantage. Another perspective contends that, to produce more, you have to run the system faster and take shortcuts. Find out what the researchers learned.
Aug 13, 2012
WSPS three-year strategic plan puts solutions within reach

WSPS three-year strategic plan puts solutions within reach

A new three-year strategic plan, approved last month by the Workplace Safety & Prevention Services' (WSPS) Board of Directors, sets out a roadmap for reaching 154,000 businesses, as part of the organization's overarching mission to put health and safety solutions within reach of every employer and employee in Ontario.
Jun 18, 2012
Take a path to safety at the Health & Safety Ontario booth

Take a path to safety at the Health & Safety Ontario booth

If you’re attending Health & Safety Ontario’s Partners in Prevention Health & Safety Conference & Trade Show – be sure to visit the HSO booth. Stop by for information or a conversation with a consultant about compliance, building knowledge, getting help, best practices and emerging issues. While there, visit the Top 4 Hazards to find out how to make your prevention program better.
Apr 17, 2012
Partners in Prevention 2012:  the year's must attend OHS event

Partners in Prevention 2012: the year's must attend OHS event

Health & Safety Ontario's Partners in Prevention 2012 Health & Safety Conference & Trade Show, Canada’s largest annual health and safety event, offers more exploring, learning, and networking in one location, than any other opportunity. The event takes place May 1-2 in Mississauga. More than 60 sessions and 350 exhibit booths put Canada's most informed and advanced health and safety expertise at your disposal.
Apr 02, 2012
Is your industry acting on group OHS opportunities?

Is your industry acting on group OHS opportunities?

The recent renewal of a 14-year strategic alliance between Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS) and the Ontario Automobile Dealer Association (OADA) highlights opportunities for workplaces from many sectors to receive customized health and safety products and services.
Feb 16, 2012
Partners in Prevention 2012: 400+ reasons to attend

Partners in Prevention 2012: 400+ reasons to attend

More than 60 conference sessions and 350 exhibit booths make Health & Safety Ontario Partners in Prevention 2012 Conference & Trade Show, May 1-2, Canada’s most informative and solutions-oriented annual health & safety event.
Feb 16, 2012
Understanding breakthrough change: new study examines why and how

Understanding breakthrough change: new study examines why and how

Identifying critical factors behind breakthrough change in health and safety performance is the goal of an Institute for Work and Health (IWH) study now nearing completion. “If we can identify success factors that other firms may be able to adopt,” explains IWH associate scientist Dr. Lynda Robson, “it could lead to more effective prevention of work injuries and illnesses.”
Nov 18, 2011
Partners in Prevention: learning and networking at your doorstep

Partners in Prevention: learning and networking at your doorstep

Six Partners in Prevention conferences and trade shows taking place this fall across Ontario bring health and safety insights, expertise and opportunities to you. Locations include Burlington, Kitchener, Ottawa, Rama, Thunder Bay and Windsor.
Oct 11, 2011
One firm's safety turnaround

One firm's safety turnaround

In 2007, Jeremy Shorthouse joined Vincor Canada is its first national environmental health and safety manager. The business has 2,000 employees across the country. Since then, Vincor Canada has achieved the following: 20% fewer incidents, 60% fewer lost-time claims, 80% decrease in severity rates. Find out how.
Jul 28, 2011
Partners in Prevention 2011 Recap: Making Personal Investments in OHS

Partners in Prevention 2011 Recap: Making Personal Investments in OHS

Speaking before hundreds of delegates attending the May 17 opening ceremonies of Partners in Prevention 2011, Ontario Labour Minister Charles Sousa expressed a sentiment central to Partners in Prevention: “Workplace health and safety is my top priority. The very first thing I did on this job,” said Sousa, “was to read Tony Dean’s report on health and safety.” Following the opening ceremonies, four corporate leaders shared their experiences and observations in the session, “View from the Top.”
Jun 29, 2011

Videos

Steve Mahoney - Farewell Speech and Tribute

Steve Mahoney - Farewell Speech and Tribute

The Honourable Steve Mahoney, P.C. delivers his farewell speech as Chair, Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) at the 2012 Partners in Prevention conference in May.  Introduced by Elizabeth Mills, President & CEO of Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS), the program concludes with a special video tribute (@ 19:04) featuring Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion, wife Katie Mahoney, and Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
May 29, 2012
Mental Fitness:

Mental Fitness: "Leadership Matters"

The essence of leadersip and how to nurture the best in employees: key points presented by Michael "Pinball" Clemons (CFL Hall of Famer), Dr. Dan Dawe (Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences), Doug Smeall (Sun Life Financial), Zoe Gordon (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health), Dr. Dwight Chapin (High Point Wellness Centre).
Nov 14, 2011
Benchmarking Leading Indicators for Injury Prevention

Benchmarking Leading Indicators for Injury Prevention

Institute for Work and Health (IWH) – Dr. Ben Amick

The aim is to develop a set of “leading indicators” that allow workplaces to assess health and safety performance and predict the likelihood of injuries and illnesses before they occur.

Jun 10, 2011