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 Safety Connection events. Topics vary from roundtable discussions and updates on legislation and injury trends to sharing best practices.

Downloads

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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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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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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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.

WSPS Safety Group

WSPS Safety Group

WSPS is the largest Safety Group provider and one of the longest running sponsors in the province. With our extensive experience and proven track record, by working with us and other member firms participating firms can achieve better results, and qualify for WSIB rebates.

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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$64.00

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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$64.00

Articles

Reduce injuries with leading indicators

Reduce injuries with leading indicators

Your injury frequency, severity rates and the impact on your workplace tell you that your health and safety program needs a boost. But do you know where to focus your efforts for maximum impact? Leading indicators will help you identify gaps and get your health and safety program where you want it to be.
Nov 15, 2017
Safety Group members earn $7.4 million in rebates!

Safety Group members earn $7.4 million in rebates!

Slashing their lost time injury frequency rate by 9.38% and their injury severity rate by 10.23% has earned 350 members of WSPS’ 2016 Safety Group a $7,400,000 rebate in WSIB premiums.
Nov 15, 2017
Prepare now for marijuana in the workplace

Prepare now for marijuana in the workplace

Is your workplace ready for the changes that medical marijuana and the soon-to-be-legal use of recreational marijuana could bring? Few are, says Dan Demers, Senior Manager, Strategic Business Development, for CannAmm Occupational Testing Services.
Oct 12, 2017
Boost safety with WSPS’ Safety Group

Boost safety with WSPS’ Safety Group

After years of respectable health and safety performance, The Original Cakerie's 300+ employees in London, Ontario went on to achieve an astonishing four-year run with no lost-time injuries. The secret to this success? WSPS' Safety Group helped the company benchmark where it needed to be, and then achieve and maintain the desired level of performance, says Brian Gallacher, Director of Employee Experience & Corporate Health and Safety.
Oct 12, 2017
Supervisors pivotal to business success

Supervisors pivotal to business success

Did you know that business success can often be predicted? The first indicator is employee engagement. To perform, people in your organization need to be engaged, focused, at their post, able to handle complexities, plan, make decisions, build relationships - and for that they need to be safe and healthy, both physically and mentally.
Sep 15, 2017
5 safety best practices for small firms

5 safety best practices for small firms

Kirsi Henry knows that time is a precious resource for a small business owner, so as a WSPS consultant she cuts to the chase: "Pay particular attention to your new and young workers. It's vital for them and for you: these workers have a higher risk of injury and are most likely to be injured within the first month on the job."
Sep 13, 2017
WSPS Safety Group: save money and boost H&S

WSPS Safety Group: save money and boost H&S

Make 2018 a year of breakthrough health and safety success for your company by joining WSPS’ Safety Group. Member companies earn WSIB premium rebates as they build a sustainable health and safety program. "It's like putting your premiums back into your pocket," says Lisa Graham, program lead for WSPS' Safety Group.
Sep 12, 2017
By 2024, 450,000 Canadians could be using medical marijuana. Get ready

By 2024, 450,000 Canadians could be using medical marijuana. Get ready

As medical marijuana becomes more accessible, and recreational marijuana use becomes legal under the federal government’'s anticipated cannabis legislation, what effect could this have on health and safety?
Jul 12, 2017
Preventing work refusals: start with a positive safety culture

Preventing work refusals: start with a positive safety culture

Workers have three guaranteed rights under Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act, including the right to refuse to perform work believed to be unsafe. But this right is often enacted as a last resort, when other means to resolve a health and safety concern have failed, says WSPS ergonomist Tanya Muller.
Jul 12, 2017
Is it a work refusal or labour relations complaint? Understand the difference

Is it a work refusal or labour relations complaint? Understand the difference

Workers' right to refuse work they believe to be unsafe to themselves or other workers is a mainstay of Ontario's Internal Responsibility System. At their best, refusals can draw attention to hazards not previously recognized, providing additional protection for workers.
Jun 13, 2017
GE Canada’s mental health strategy: saving minds and resources

GE Canada’s mental health strategy: saving minds and resources

In 2013, GE Canada launched its Our Minds, Our Health mental health strategy. Its vision: to create a nurturing, stigma-free, respectful and trusting work environment for almost 7,000 employees located in major manufacturing facilities and sales and service locations across the country.
Jun 13, 2017
4 low- or no-cost ways to make mental health a workplace priority

4 low- or no-cost ways to make mental health a workplace priority

The mental health of workers cannot be ignored. In any given week 500,000 people miss work every week due to a mental health issue.

Apr 10, 2017
FAQs about health and safety management systems

FAQs about health and safety management systems

Bill 70, passed in December, instantly caught the attention of Ontario's business community by enabling an accreditation process for companies with a health and safety management system. But how do you know if implementing a management system is right for your business?

Mar 15, 2017
What you need to know about Bill 70

What you need to know about Bill 70

If your workplace introduces a recognized management system to prevent injuries and illness, you could receive accreditation for your efforts under new legislation passed in December. The goal is to encourage superior health and safety performance by applying business methods already proven to boost quality and productivity.

Feb 13, 2017
Yes, corporations do have a right to a timely trial

Yes, corporations do have a right to a timely trial

Last summer the Supreme Court of Canada's groundbreaking decision R v Jordan set a limit on the time it takes to process a criminal prosecution to trial. If the actual time exceeds the limit, then the right of the accused to be tried within a reasonable time is considered to have been breached, unless certain circumstances apply. A breach invariably results in a stay of proceedings, which has the effect of dismissing the charges and preventing the Crown from laying them again.

Feb 13, 2017
7 best practices to create a safe and healthy workplace while increasing your bottom line

7 best practices to create a safe and healthy workplace while increasing your bottom line

"Canada's workers are both overwhelmed and overworked," says mental health expert Dr. Ian Dawe. The resulting stress translates into $6 billion dollars a year in lost productivity and lost time, but Dawe says there is an alternative. "Understanding the human cost of workplace mental health helps employers develop action plans that will improve the bottom line as well as employee well-being."

Jan 13, 2017

"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

Videos

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
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
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