Charter Membership Rises Again

Workplace Drugs, Alcohol Conference Mar 10-12 In Kelowna

Addressing the complex issues of drugs and alcohol in the workplace starts with education. Often people avoid dealing with drugs and alcohol because they are uncomfortable or don’t know how to handle the situation.

Taking responsibility for safety – for ourselves, our co-workers, our employees, and for the public requires leadership and honest open assessment of where we are today. This is a very human issue and the adage “start where you stand” applies to us all.

Our “Wrestling with the Elephant in the Room” Conference Series is headed to Kelowna, BC. We invite you to join us Mar 10 – 12, 2015 for a two day conference, preceded by a full day of workplace trainingfor both supervisors and employees.

There are Sponsorship opportunities available. With an established promotional campaign to take advantage of and six levels of sponsorship to choose from, you can show your support to Build Better Workplaces that are safe, productive, healthy and free from impairment by substance use. We also welcome in-kind contributions.

Don’t forget the benefits of networking in our Market Place. With a venue that has the capacity for 280 delegates, and 28 exhibiting booths, we recommend you reserve your booth early.

For those travelling to attend Wrestling with the Elephant in the Room in Kelowna, we are pleased to announce we have secured discounts for you to take advantage of from the Coast Capri Hotel and Central Mountain Air.

For more information or to register please visit the BC Council on Substance Abuse website.



Negligent Employers Now Face Prosecution

Shirley-Bond-PhotoNew legislation introduced by Labour Minister Shirley Bond Wednesday will mean judges can order that a BC employer no longer operate within an industry sector if it ignore orders to stop unsafe practices.

The Vancouver Sun  reports:

“The B.C. government has introduced legislation that would bar employers from continuing to operate in an industry if orders to stop unsafe practices are ignored.

“Labour Minister Shirley Bond said before introducing the legislation Wednesday that the legislation will also permit on-the-spot penalties for employers who violate orders.

“The legislation amends the Workers Compensation Act and is based on recommendations in a report into two separate sawmill explosions that killed four workers in 2012.”

All News Radio 680 reports:

“WorkSafeBC administrator Gord Macatee said the bill provides exactly what he intended in the report he forwarded to the government last July. He said staff have received training involving searches and seizures, warrants and forensic interviewing and that a second team will take over when there’s the potential for liability involving workplace incidents.

“Bond called the legislation transformative, saying it would give judges the ability to rule that an employer will not continue operating in a particular sector after WorkSafeBC seeks an injunction.

“‘I want families to know today that it is intended to improve worker safety so that we don’t have others face the horrific circumstances that they have faced,’ she said.”

The Globe and Mail reports:

“‘In the past, prevention officers weren’t scheduled to inspect workplaces at night or on the weekends, times when often the most vulnerable workers are present, he said. Now, 16 prevention officers rotate through weekend and night shifts,’ Mr. Macatee said.”

“As well, 96 mills that had compliance issues now take part in a voluntary inspection program aimed at cracking down on the combustible sawdust that resulted in huge blasts at the Babine and Lakeland sawmills in 2012.

“Irene Lanzinger, secretary-treasurer of the B.C. Federation of Labour, welcomed the bill as a ‘step in the right direction,’ noting that negligent employers in many industries need to be held to a higher standard after a number of ‘very significant cases’ in the province.”

Acklands-Grainger’s The Works Conference Was A Big Success

Acklands-Grainger,Canada’s leading distributor of industrial, safety and fastener products, hosted its annual blockbuster conference – The Works – in Vancouver February 4 and 5*.

The show, Canada’s largest maintenance repair and operations (MRO) and safety show, was held at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

*For photos with Trevor Linden taken at BC SafetyCharter booth simply click here.

More than 4,000 businesses, manufacturers of MRO products and Acklands-Grainger team members came together to put on the show.  Attendess heard the latest on product innovation and industry trends, and learned about strategies for reducing operating costs and enhancing productivity.

“Acklands-Grainger partners with customers to provide strategic, operational, product and safety support that helps them save time and money,” said Dean Johnson, President of Acklands-Grainger. “This event brings to life our commitment to customers through sharing, showcasing and learning. It is our opportunity to enhance our partnerships with industry leaders, suppliers, customers and team members.”

A highlight of this year’s show was a 9,000 sq. ft. factory-themed pavilion which showcased nearly 500 different products and illustrated how businesses across the country can leverage eCommerce capabilities and inventory management solutions to save time and money in buying and managing their MRO purchases.

In addition to the pavilion and product expo, the company hosted a variety of seminars to share information and industry best practices in areas related to effectively managing MRO costs, creating a world-class safety culture and driving business performance through sustainability efforts.

About Acklands-Grainger Inc.

Founded in 1889, Acklands-Grainger is Canada’s largest distributor of industrial, safety, and fastener products, with over 350,000 products available from 173 branches and six distribution centres coast to coast to coast. For more information about Acklands-Grainger, please visit .

About Grainger

Its parent company, W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2014 sales of $10.0 billion, is North America’s leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with operations also in Asia, Europe and Latin America.


Knight Signs Receives OSSE Certification

After completing their certification in 2014, Knight Signs, of Delta received their OSSE certificate on Thursday, January 29.

The company will be receiving two awards at the OSSE Awards Gala on April 29: The OSSE Award and the Pinnacle Award.

The OSSE Pinnacle Awards honour companies which go far above and beyond legal and regulatory health and safety requirements.

These trailblazers have not only achieved OSSE Certification, but have committed to the principles of the BC Safety Charter by becoming signatories.

Knight Signs has been serving retail commercial, construction and institutional clients with handcrafted exterior, interior, and custom architectural signage since 1968.

According to the company website, “We’ve designed, produced and delivered signage solutions for clients in every business, industry and public sector since Knight Signs opened for business in 1968.

“One of our first projects was a new sign for Mother Hubbard’s Bakery on West Broadway in Vancouver.

“From that small, local sign company, we’ve grown into an industry leader serving retail, hospitality, commercial, construction and institutional clients across Canada. Our head office and manufacturing plant in Delta, BC now have more than 75 employees as well as two busy regional offices in Calgary and Toronto and a new manufacturing facility in Mississauga.

“Knight Signs’ designers, client service and project managers, fabricators and installers stay ahead of the newest technologies, advanced manufacturing techniques, new materials and production innovations.

“We’re continually discovering new ways to create better products and we’re proud to deliver signage solutions for our clients right across Canada.

“We create signs that impact, inspire action and connect our clients’ brands with their most important customers.”


Great Little Box One Of BC’s Top Employers

The Steering Committee of the BC Safety Charter would like to congratulate The Great Little Box Company for being honoured as one of BC’s Top Employers for the 12th year in a row.

Ben Hume, Chair of the Steering Committee says, “We are proud to have such a recognized excellent employer in our ranks. This is the kind of leadership we have grown to expect from our members. We congratulate the management and staff of The Great Little Box Company for your commitment to excellence.”

The Great Little Box Company Ltd. (GLBC) manufactures custom and stock corrugated boxes, point-of-purchase displays, folding cartons, labels, and flexible and protective packaging. The company has enjoyed remarkable success since its founding in 1982, from only three employees to over 200 today.

Some of the reasons why GLBC was selected as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2015:

  • Along with free gym memberships, employees can join a subsidized Sun Run team with over 20 runners as well as a summer running team who make regular excursions to Grouse Mountain
  • An industry leader with an impressive head office the features a fully-equipped onsite fitness facility, outdoor sand volleyball court, book exchange library, outdoor gazebo and rooftop deck, and even a dock for employees who wishing to commute by kayak to Mitchell Island
  • Supports employees who are new mothers or adoptive parents with maternity and parental leave top-up payments as well as a range of flexible work options for when they return to work
  • Encourages ongoing employee development with subsidies for tuition and professional accreditation, and even manages an academic scholarship program for children of employees who pursue post-secondary education
  • Celebrates its annual profitability target, aka its “Big Outrageous Xtravaganza” goal (or BOX goal), with three additional paid days off and an an all-expense-paid vacation to a sunny destination
  • Is an enlightened privately-held employer that opens its books to employees each month and offers a profit-sharing option — also encourages employees to save for retirement through matching RSP contributions

For more on BC’s Top Employers click here

For more on The Great Little Box Company click here.


Making A Change At Work

The Hay Group will be putting on a special workshop, on March 10, devoted to organizational change. Entitled Making a Change at Work – an experience in change workshop this five-hour session will help leaders understand and deal with change.

The workshop deals with the fact that, we may know what changes we want to make in our organizations, but, if we want them to stick, we need an approach which builds ‘buy-in’ and reinforces the change.

Working in teams, with immediate feedback on your progress, participants will learn how to:

  • Reinforce change
  • Understand how change works
  • Build a model and process for planning and sustaining change
  • Create ideas, energy and tools to make change work

The session is built around a hands-on change simulation. The Hay Group is a global management consulting firm that works with leaders to transform strategy into reality.

When & Where:

Date: March 10, 2015

Time: 8:30 am to 1:30 pm

Venue: Delta Burnaby Hotel and Conference Centre


Light breakfast and lunch included

Enrollment –  $499 per person


To register please phone 604.858.9979 or email

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Tinhorn Creek Wins CLC Award

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards has won the Cargo Logistics Best Safety Innovation Award for 2014. The award was presented to Tinhorn Creek CEO and President Sandra Oldfield at the awards breakfast on January 28 in Vancouver.

The CLC awards offer an opportunity for industry’s clients, vendors and supporters to recognize, celebrate and shine the spotlight on the important role of logistics professionals and other businesses. The award was decided upon by the CLC Awards Committee and was awarded by WorkSafeBC.

“We had to give a specific example of something we had done in the past year. We had an unidentified confined space with a pump on our property down a vertical shaft. It had been there since before we owned the lasnd,” says Oldfield, adding, “When we went through Hazard ID due to getting our OSSE certification we identified it and put control up around it (signage, no work alone procedures for example). This year the pump failed and instead of replacing it we paid an extra $10,000 to bring it above ground into a proper pump house.”

“This was something that went from not being recognized it was a hazard to dealing with the hazard to finally elimination of it. We are all happy at Tinhorn Creek when our H&S program works the way it’s supposed to,” she said.

The event provided some 100 speakers and more than 30 Seminars and 150 exhibits.

According to Tinhorn’s website, the winery is the product of friends (the Shaunessys and the Oldfields) deciding to go into business together.

“We started from humble beginnings – like having barrels of wine in the basement of a house. And we decided to plant a few more vines, for a total of 150 acres. That’s a lot of vines. After almost 20 years, we’re still laughing. Often at ourselves – and at each other.

“We grow grapes and we make wine. There are many steps between the field and the bottle, but at the end of the day it’s about farming the land responsibly, having fun, and making wines to share with family and friends.”

Health and safety have played an important role in Oldfield’s management of the vineyard. More than a priority, she considers the health and safety of her employees to be a basic value of her company.

Tinhorn Creek Vineyard is a member of the OSSE Hall of Fame (the first BC Winery to achieve OSSE certification) and a signatory to the BC Safety Charter.


BC Safety Charter Welcomes First Seafood Processor – Orca Specialty Foods

Ben Hume, steering committee chair of the BC Safety Charter, today announced that the Orca Specialty Foods has become the first sea food processor to join the ranks of leading BC businesses which have signed the Charter.

“We are very pleased to welcome Orca Specialty Foods on board,” says Hume.

He added, “Whenever a new industry is represented on the membership it is very important as a symbol to the rest of the business community in BC.”

The BC Safety Charter now has 134 signatories, well ahead of its target of 90 for 2014, and is now well-represented in most business sectors in BC. The organization will be holding its annual Charter Roundtable event on April 30 at the Burnaby Delta Hotel and Conference Centre.

The landmark document, representing a commitment to lead and promote the highest level of health and safety culture within their organizations and to work together to promote the cause of safer and healthier workplaces in BC, was launched in October of 2011 and has been growing steadily ever since.

Orca Specialty Foods Ltd. was founded in 1995 and prides itself on building strong B2B partnerships, markets and high quality product offerings.

According to the company, “In the beginning Orca Specialty Foods Ltd. placed a high value on integrity and responsibility. Today, the company is driven by those values. In fact, we believe in continuous improvements for our business in order to deliver the highest quality smoked and value added seafood products globally for our customers.”


Rimex Wins Innovations Contest

Rimex Supply is the winner of WorkSafeBC’s 2014 Innovations Contest. According to WorkSafeBC, Rimex used a participatory approach, consulting with their workers, to make improvements to their processing of half and full lock rings.

“The old process had workers lifting or lowering the rings, which weigh up to 50 kg (110 lb.), eleven times while taking them through their stations. After building new top plates and tables and connecting the stations using roller conveyors, Rimex reduced the lifting or lowering of rings to two times. Workers developed, tested, and improved the solutions throughout the process.

“One of the improvements involved reducing noise levels during stamping, by using a table with rubber between two steel plates. Plans for continued improvement include adding a rotating table to turn the full lock rings and a hoist attachment to eliminate manual lifting.”

“We were very honored to even be considered for this award. We try to involve our employees in all decisions which affect them and their working conditions. This was truly an example of the kind of success you can achieve with a participatory approach,” says James Read, Rimex’s Agassiz Plant Manager.

“Having endeavored to start our journey down the lean Manufacturing road, we have been correctly and gently coerced into the participatory method and the rewards are obvious not only for the recognition, but for the positive moral that derives from true teamwork, calculated empowerment and education.”

RIMEX Supply

RIMEX is the leading custom manufacturer of all off road wheel and rim assemblies. RIMEX’s primary markets include mining, forestry, agriculture and industrial equipment, specializing in haul trucks and loaders. Established in 1976, RIMEX has over 35-years-experience custom manufacturing wheels and rims for some of the world’s largest and most demanding vehicles.

In addition to wheels and rims designed to meet various off-highway applications, RIMEX offers a full range of complementary products to match their wheel counterparts. A tire pressure monitoring system, portable tire press, and air pressure relief valves are just a sample of the many RIMEX products that will save you time and money and improve worksite safety.