Tom Kishchuk’s hope is that every FCL employee gets home in the same condition in which they arrived at work – safely.
As the vice-president of Operational Support for Federated Co-operatives Limited, Kishchuk made known FCL’s commitment to workplace safety in early November by signing a three-year strategic partnership agreement with Safe Saskatchewan.
“For FCL, this is a natural progression of what we are trying to do around creating knowledge for the proponents of health and safety in Saskatchewan,” Kishchuk said. “We think the partnership will be a good way to increase our visibility as a leader in health and safety in Saskatchewan. Plus, becoming a representative on the board will help us reach our goal of reducing injures within our organization and beyond.”
With an annual financial stipend, strategic partners of Safe Saskatchewan are investing in the health and safety of the people of Saskatchewan and overseeing the provincial injury prevention strategy as defined in the Safe Saskatchewan Strategic Plan.
FCL in Saskatchewan covers a large swath of people, including more than 2,120 employees in 10 communities. It serves 110 retail Co-ops in the provinces and their 7,600 employees and 400,000 plus members in 253 Saskatchewan communities. Chances are probable you know someone who will be directly or indirectly impacted by FCL’s commitment to safety.
The hope is that more Saskatchewan businesses will follow suit. In signing this partnership, FCL will now appoint a senior manager to the Safe Saskatchewan board of directors. In return, they are promoted by Safe Saskatchewan and are included, along with their logo, a write-up, and a link to their website, on the Safe Saskatchewan website (www.safesask.com).
FCL will help to provide oversight for the strategy that supports the Safe Saskatchewan vision of an injury-free Saskatchewan where safe lifestyles influence how we live, work, and play. In addition, FCL will play a role in the promotion of Mission: Zero.
Gord Moker, the CEO with Safe Saskatchewan, believes FCL and other strategic partners are contributing to the changing culture in Saskatchewan when it comes to safe and healthy lifestyles.
“With senior representatives on the Safe Saskatchewan board of directors, strategic partners have created our strategic priority of transforming our culture and positioning injury prevention as a core value,” Moker said. “Together, with other strategic partners, they lead by example.”
Kishchuk said he and FCL employees are looking forward to hearing about the best practices and experiences of other businesses across the province, as they value the collaborative efforts with others to achieve an ongoing reduction in injuries.
“Any organization looking to get started should understand their current performance as it relates to health and safety,” Kishchuk said. “There is data available about your organization through Workers’ Compensation Board. Understand the data about your own organization and in relation to your peers. With that knowledge, move forward by taking action and planning activities to reduce injuries.”