Many in Saskatchewan are doing just that. Inspiring examples of leadership and innovation exist throughout the province.
The Mission: Zero Awards were created to recognize that important work. They are awarded to those workplaces that demonstrate a sustained improvement in their injury rate over time and that influence a transformation in their organizational culture so that injury prevention is a core value.
Three categories of Mission: Zero Awards exist: small, medium and large employers. A winner is chosen in each of the categories. Those winners are announced during the annual Health and Safety Leadership Charter event.
The Mission: Zero Awards will no doubt be a source of pride for the workplaces earning them. But all the finalists in each category are to be commended. They are contributing to the growth of a culture of health and safety in Saskatchewan.
Below are profiles of each Mission: Zero Awards finalist outlining their actions and aspirations so that other organizations can learn from their examples.
If you hear someone honking their car horn while backing out of a driveway, it may be because of Rod Pickering’s influence.
The owner of R.P. Automotive in Weyburn has his staff give a courtesy honk or two before they back a vehicle out of a service bay. Pickering said it’s a safety practice they’ve adopted to give employees or customers a warning — in case there’s a piece of equipment that needs to be moved, or to give heads up to a staff member laying on a creeper in line with the moving vehicle.
|VALUE TIRE & BATTERY
It was an Easter long weekend and it was snowing sideways. John den Brok received that phone call no manager wishes to ever receive.
There was a serious accident at Value Tire & Battery in Yorkton, a shop owned by den Brok. He was to meet with Occupational Health and Safety members.
The important work conducted at O’Kane Consultants on a daily basis wouldn’t happen without its employees.
Their knowledge and expertise in the mining industry couldn’t be shared if they didn’t have an outlet.
Set aside seven minutes at the start of each work day to stretch.
That’s the approach of the employees at Saskatchewan Opportunities Corporation, and Van Isman is all in favour of it.
|DISCOVERY CO-OPERATIVE LIMITED
All it took was one injury to an employee while on the job for things to change at Discovery Co-operative Limited in North Battleford.
“We believe safety is the number one thing we think about here,” said Mike Nord, the general manager at Discovery Co-op. “That wasn’t always the case – it may have been the eighth or ninth thing we thought about until somebody got hurt. And then that changed our approach. We wanted to and needed to change that culture.”
At Cenovus Energy, education is the key when it comes to ensuring the health and safety of its employees.
In working with oil drills and pumps on a daily basis, there are plenty of opportunities for injuries to employees at work sites. That’s why Cenovus makes sure proper training and educational tools are available to everyone on staff.
Ensuring that more than 1,800 employees return home to their families is a hefty challenge.
It’s one that Viterra has met head on with a comprehensive health and safety plan.
|SASKATCHEWAN RESEARCH COUNCIL
When it comes to health and safety at the workplace, they’re doing a lot of things correctly at Saskatchewan Research Council.
Led by president and CEO Laurie Schramm, it is a finalist for a Mission: Zero Award for the second consecutive year.
|ATHABASCA BASIN SECURITY
Creating a healthy and safe environment for employees is a serious matter, and Athabasca Basin Security didn’t take a half-hearted approach.
They made a major shift in their approach to safety and it is paying off.