Honour And Remember Lives Lost

From WorkSafeBC. Thirteen years ago Michael Lovett (pictured) lost his lower leg to a workplace injury. This year, he will be among the many taking part in the Day of Mourning to honour the 173 B.C. workers who died on the job in 2014.

On April 28, join workers, families, and employers at ceremonies across the province, as we remember the workers who lost their lives as a result of workplace injury or illness, and renew our commitment to creating safer workplaces.

You can also plan your own Day of Mourning ceremony using resources in the event toolkit available online.

For a list of province-wide events and speakers, more information and resources, or to order complimentary decals and posters, please visit dayofmourning.bc.ca

Kennametal: A Tradition Of Excellence And Responsibility

Kennametal is a supplier of tooling and industrial materials which was founded in 1938 in Pennsylvania and has grown to have a worldwide presence in over 60 countries. With over 14,000 employees and annual sales of $3 billion, Kennametal has become the global market leader for material solutions across industries including aerospace, transportation, energy, mining, construction, and general engineering.

The company’s BC operations are headquarter in Victoria and when Plant Manager Ron Sivorot signed the BC Safety Charter it was in keeping with the company’s longstanding tradition of excellence and corporate responsibility.

Best-Practice Partner For Excellence

Kennametal has been named a four-time best-practice partner for excellence in its world-class product development and portfolio management processes by the APQC, a non-profit organization and internationally recognized leader in benchmarking, knowledge management, measurement and quality programs.

Corporate Sustainability

To be successful in business, Kennametal believes it must also be successful in meeting, and exceeding, its environmental and social responsibilities.

“We take our global commitment to sustainability seriously,” says Sivorot, adding, “We believe to be truly successful in business we not only must meet, but should strive to exceed, our environmental and social responsibilities.”

Ethics & Compliance

The company’s Code of Business Ethics & Conduct is a major component of the Kennametal Value Business System (KVBS). The Code addresses the importance of fair dealing and compliance in all aspects of Kennametal’s business and focuses on the concept of simply doing the right thing … every day.

A Technological Leader

Kennametal was founded on the strength of a technological breakthrough, and continued to lead its industry in innovation.

The company was founded on the strength of a technological breakthrough.

In 1946, the company introduced the Kendex line of mechanically held, indexable insert systems that accelerated tool changing and increased machining precision. Kennametal’s unique, patented Thermit process for producing impact-resistant macrocrystalline tungsten carbide today remains the best way to produce extremely tough tool materials for demanding applications such as mining.

For more on Kennametal please click here.

 

2015 Roundtable A Success

The 2015 BC Safety Charter Roundtable, held at the Delta Hotel and Conference Centre Thursday, April 30, was another big success. Keynote speaker Brian Scudamore addressed delegates on the topic of transformational leadership and the ways in which high impact leadership can transform an organization.

A lively and interesting presentation, Scudamore’s address drew a number of questions from the audience, many of whom were fascinated by his inspiring example of entrepreneurship and leadership.

For the CEOs and senior executives of the Charter, who are committed to creating a safe and healthy workplace culture, Scudamore’s discussion of the importance of leadership in changing corporate culture was inspiring.

Delegates were also introduced to the new World Café format of engagement through structured conversation lead by SME Strategy Management Consulting.

The audience was divided in to three groups in order to discuss three separate topics with facilitators taking down notes on significant points and questions raised during the discussions.

During the second half of the World Café, results of the session were collected, organized and prepared for a report, a copy of which each delegate will receive.

After the World Café, a CEO panel made up of Dave McAnerney, President and CEO of SunRype, Frank Saunders, VP of Bruce Power, Dr. Hans-Juergen Bischoff, Director General, of ISSA, Germany, and Hugo Shaw discussed transformational leadership in health and safety. The panel was moderated by Maureen Shaw, former Preseident and CEO of the Onductrial Accident Prevention Association.

Charter Membership

Charter membership has risen dramatically in the last two years as business leaders from across BC join the movement to reduce injury rates and make worker health and safety core corporate values.

The Charter was launched in 2011 and has grown to include more than 100 companies and organizations such as RIO Tinto Alcan, BC Hydro and Overwaitea Foods. Since its launch in 2011 the BC Safety Charter has been recognized both nationally and internationally and has been described as one of the most significant business initiatives in Western Canada.

“We are committed to driving that safety culture message home across all industries, businesses, organizations and communities in BC through our commitment to corporate and social responsibility,” says Charter Steering Committee Chair Ben Hume.

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5K Steps For Life May 3

Maureen-ShawMaureen Shaw’s son Marc received life-altering injuries while working for an oil exploration company. When freeze-thaw conditions caused blasts from the ‘shots’ of dynamite to float to the surface, Marc was on top of the shot – an injury that resulted in the amputation of his right leg.

On May 3, Metro Vancouver will host Steps for Life – Walking for Families of Workplace Tragedy. Family and friends affected by workplace injury, illness, and death will walk along with injury prevention champions and labour and business leaders. Metro Vancouver will participate in this annual event along with more than 35 other communities across the country.

All proceeds from Steps for Life events will support families of workplace tragedy with Threads of Life Family Support programs and services.

WHAT?

5K Steps for Life–Walking for Families of Workplace Tragedy fundraising event to help families of workplace tragedy and raise awareness about the national issue of workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths. Raising pledges and awareness, local companies participate to demonstrate their commitment to health and safety and help support families of workplace tragedy. Visit stepsforlife.ca/locations to see which local Metro Vancouver business leaders are engaged in the Corporate Challenge.

WHY?

Every working day, three Canadians die in a workplace fatality, or from a life-altering injury or occupational disease (average fatalities taken from National Work Injury, Disease and Fatality Statistics Publication, Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC), www.awcbc.org). The “ripple effect” of each workplace tragedy extends from the worker affected to their family, friends, co-workers, and the surrounding community.

WHO?

Threads of Life Family Spokesperson Maureen Shaw. Family members and friends who have been impacted by workplace tragedies will walk alongside employers, employees, students, representatives from injury prevention organizations and anyone who believes workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths are not an acceptable ‘cost of business’.

WHEN?

5/3/2015, Registration opens at 9 a.m.; Walk kicks off at approx. 10 a.m.

WHERE?

Burnaby Lake Regional Park, West Complex Rugby Field

Shaw says, “The reasons for being committed to supporting the vision of Threads of Life is simple. The magnitude of injuries, death and illness at work is still huge – too many lives lost and turned upside down. Tragedies that can be prevented. The pain and loss to families, friends and our communities is too large, too painful to not get behind and support this amazing organization that has made a difference to the lives of thousands of people, families across this country. I know, as a professional and as a mother of a young man who in an instant had his life changed. Threads of Life is needed today and tomorrow to help people to grieve and to heal to raise awareness about prevention. We must all get behind this dedicated group of people to make a difference in the lives lost and left.”

 

North American Occupational Safety & Health Week

The North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week is an annual, continent-wide event where employers, workers, and all partners in occupational health and safety collaborate to promote injury and illness prevention in the workplace.

NAOSH Week is supported by WorkSafeBC (through sponsorship, committee participation, etc.), many of BC’s employers, joint health & safety committees, workers & their families, most of the WorkSafeBC funded health & safety associations, and other community partners. WorkSafeBC’s own Scott McCloy will be the emcee at the NAOSH launch event at the BCIT Great Hall on Monday, May 4th at 10am.

For more information about this event, or to register to attend, please visit http://tinyurl.com/naoshlaunch

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FIOSA-MIOSA Introduces Pinnacle Awards

This year’s OSSE Awards Gala will see a record number of companies receiving their Occupational Safety Standard of Excellence (OSSE) certification but it also introduce an even higher level excellence with the new FIOSA-MIOSA Pinnacle Awards.

The Pinnacles Awards reward those who go above and beyond OSSE certification through a variety of stages. The first stage, which was recognized this year, is awarded when a company is both OSSE certified and becomes a signatory to the BC Safety Charter.

Additional stages will be added based on measurable levels of health, safety and well-being in the workplace. The awards will be handed out each year at the OSSE Awards Gala.

OSSE

OSSE is BC’s solution for manufacturers seeking a comprehensive health and safety management system. OSSE offers offer significant financial rewards for successful completion of the OSSE Journey.

The program promotes equally the concept of managing health and safety with other components necessary for a successful business such as profitability and productivity.

BC Safety Charter

The BC Safety Charter represents the commitment from industry and organizational leaders to create a workplace culture based on the principle that the effective management of health and safety is essential to long term profitability and sustainability.

The Charter represents the commitment from industry and organizational leaders to create a workplace culture based on the principle that the effective management of health and safety is essential to long term profitability and sustainability.

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Corrie Pitzer Leadership Workshop May 20

Corrie Pitzer is the kind of speaker you want to see again and again. A more passionate speaker on the topic of health and safety would be hard to find.

Pitzer is a specialist in behavioural safety and strategic safety management, and is a leading consultant in this field throughout Australia, North America, South America and South Africa.

As CEO of SAFEmap International, he has consulted all over the world with some of the world’s largest companies and is in high demand wherever he goes.

Risk Management

As Group Risk Management Consultant for Billiton (plc) in South Africa from 1982-1990 he developed a behavioural change process called the Safety Performance Review, which was instrumental in the dramatic improvements in safety performance of this large company during the 1980’s. The successes of this process led to the establishment of SAFEmap in South Africa and Australia in 1992.

Pitzer has been affiliated with both FIOSA-MIOSA and the BC Safety Charter for several years. He is a signatory to the Charter and has spoken at several conferences and roundtable events put on the both organizations.

Safety Culture

One of Pitzer’s areas of special interest is safety culture. Safety Culture. He has developed a model and methodology called e-Profile to measure and study safety culture in an organization.

The model was developed over a period of 20-years in Australia and recently became the benchmark in the Australian resources industry. The Australian Minerals Council selected this technology to be used in a comprehensive survey of the safety culture in the resources industry in 1998. All the major resources organizations participated, including BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Anglocoal, Xstrata, WMC, CSR.

Pitzer will be hosting a special workshop on health and safety leadership on May 20, 2015 at the Delta Burnaby Hotel and Conference Centre.

Health and Safety leadership

This one-day workshop aligns your vision, values and behaviours to ensure your leadership has impact. The workshop consists of three phases:

– Preparation phase – you will provide contact details of six observers of your leadership

– Program phase – six-hours of exercises, assessments, debates, case studies and feedback

– Follow-up- support, expertise and services

The workshop will provide business leaders with the key components of a strategy which will ensure their leadership has actual impact on the culture in their organization.

Participants will come away with an in-depth look at their current situation and, through a series of exercises, assessments, debates, case studies and feedback, provide strategies for organizational improvement and long-term sustainability.

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Brian Scudamore Keynote At Roundtable April 30

Join Us On April 30

Please join us for our annual roundtable where Brian Scudamore, CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK will be our keynote speaker.

Scudamore will address the issue of transformational leadership and lead an inspiring discussion on the ways in which high impact leadership can transform an organization.

He started his business in Vancouver, at the age of 18, and later went on to franchise as a way to expand operations. Today, the company has 1,000 trucks on the road throughout some 180 locations in Canada, the United States, and Australia.

World Café

This year we will be introducing members and guests to the World Café format.

World Café is a structured conversational process intended to facilitate open and intimate discussion, and link ideas within a larger group to access the collective intelligence or collective wisdom in the room.

Participants will move between a series of tables where they continue the discussion in response to a set of questions, which are predetermined and focused on the specific goals of each World Café.

Why Attend?

You will rekindle and renew your relationships with fellow business leaders and Charter members who are committed to driving profits and sustainability
through effective management of health and safety and corporate responsibility.

Who Will Attend?

The CEOs and senior executives of the BC Safety Charter, business leaders and guests.

When And Where?

Date: Apr 30, 2015

Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Venue: Burnaby Delta Hotel and Conference Centre

Program

  • Breakfast Keynote: Brian Scudamore
  • Interactive CEO Panel
  • Lunch
  • World Café

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Join The Peer-to-Peer Initiative

The Steering Committee of the BC Safety Charter is pleased to announce a new initiative for 2015 designed to help Charter members share best practices and learn from one another on major health and safety issues.

This new Peer-to-Peer initiative will focus on those responsible at each organization for supervising/managing health and safety issues.

Working groups of representatives from six organizations will be formed in order to conduct monthly meetings between peers. The meetings will be hosted by members of the group at each other’s facilities and will include a plant tour followed by a one-hour round table style meeting to discuss health and safety issues.

Topics will be suggested and chosen by the groups themselves and each host will be responsible for arranging and coordinating the meetings and filing a brief report on the discussion within a week.

Once six individuals have expressed an interest, FIOSA-MIOSA will arrange a conference call to introduce everyone in the group and work out a plan to proceed with the monthly meetings. In order to be cost-effective we will endeavour to take geographic proximity into account when organizing the groups.

In order to facilitate these Peer-to-Peer meetings, resources will be required and each member company will be asked to pay $95 per month. Payment can be made monthly or quarterly and companies can be invoiced or pay by credit card.

“We are sure that committed Safety Charter members will recognize this initiative as an invaluable investment for their people to enhance their knowledge, resources and qualifications in ways which will contribute to the sustainability and success of their businesses,” says Ben Hume, Chair of the Charter Steering Committee.

The Peer-to-Peer sessions are set to launch in January of 2015. Interested members should have their safety personnel reserve a space by emailing Neetu Khera at FIOSA-MIOSA.


Note: One of the first topics to be discussed will be the re-launch of the KPI Index. The KPI Index is the tool developed by FIOSA-MIOSA which allows you to quickly establish your current health and safety situation and chart your progress over time.

The KPI Index allows you to parts of your safety management system which are working well and focus on those which need improvement.

Brian Scudamore To Address Transformational Leadership Annual Roundtable April 30

The arrangements have been made and the finishing touches are almost complete for the annual BC Safety Charter Roundtable at the Burnaby Delta Hotel and Convention Centre on April 30th.

At the much anticipated event, the BC Safety Charter’s 135 signatories and their guests will come together to discuss their progress since last year’s roundtable.

Brian Scudamore

The annual event, which has become a major part of the occupational health and safety calendar in BC, will feature Brian Scudamore; founder and CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, who will address delegates on the ways in which high impact leadership can transform an organization?

Titled, “Transformational Leadership,” Scudamore’s keynote address promises to provide an inspiring example for the CEOs and senior executives of the Charter who are to creating a workplace culture based on the principle that the effective management of health and safety is essential to long term profitability and sustainability.

World Café

This year’s roundtable will also feature a World Café format. World Café is a structured conversational process intended to facilitate open and intimate discussion, and link ideas within a larger group to access the collective intelligence or collective wisdom in the room.

Participants will move between a series of tables where they continue the discussion in response to a set of questions, which are predetermined and focused on the specific goals of each World Café.

Charter Membership

Charter membership has risen dramatically in the last two years as business leaders from across BC join the movement to reduce injury rates and make worker health and safety core corporate values.

The Charter was launched in 2011 and has grown to include more than 100 companies and organizations such as RIO Tinto Alcan, BC Hydro and Overwaitea Foods. Since its launch in 2011 the BC Safety Charter has been recognized both nationally and internationally and has been described as one of the most significant business initiatives in Western Canada.

“We are committed to driving that safety culture message home across all industries, businesses, organizations and communities in BC through our commitment to corporate and social responsibility,” says Charter Steering Committee Chair Ben Hume.

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