Improving our workplaces, homes and communities in ways that predict and prevent injuries is admirable.
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.
SMALL EMPLOYER CATEGORY
|FAILURE PREVENTION SERVICES
Failure Prevention Services (FPS) has learned a healthy and safe employee is one who has more to contribute to the business and beyond.
“The ownership and the management team of FPS have found that a happy, healthy, safe employee is an employee that can have confidence,” said Dan Beuker, CEO and general manager of FPS.
|GLOBAL TRANSPORTATION HUB
With its drivers moving throughout the community daily, it was important to those at the Global Transportation Hub (GTH) that its work be done safely.
“The transportation industry shares the road every day with all of our families,” said Bryan Richards, the CEO of the GTH. “It’s absolutely critical that we focus on safety from that perspective.”
|TOWN OF BIG RIVER
The Town of Big River is an example of a community working to improve its standards in safety.
“The council of the Town of Big River sees health and safety as a top priority for their employees so that everybody gets to go home safe at night,” OH&S representative Sandra Gilbert said.
MEDIUM EMPLOYER CATEGORY
|SASKATCHEWAN ASSOCIATION OF REHABILITATION CENTRES (SARC)
Health and safety is about more than just rules and legislation.
For the Saskatchewan Association of Rehabilitation Centres (SARC), it’s about the personal wellbeing of every employee.
|WEYERHAEUSER SASKATCHEWAN FORESTLAND
By being safe at work, Weyerhaeuser Saskatchewan Forestland has witnessed how its employees are able to do more for their families and community.
“I think our workplace safety is something that’s gone from something that we were expected to do or rules we were expected to follow to something now that’s part of how we work today,” said Mel Cadrain, the Timberlands Manager.
|ALLNORTH CONSULTANTS LTD.
Safety is a company-wide effort embraced by each employee at Allnorth Consultants Ltd.
“The success of the program has come through the fact that it’s been driven by the team itself out in the field,” said Division Manager Bryan MacFadden.
LARGE EMPLOYER CATEGORY
|SASKATCHEWAN RESEARCH COUNCIL
Laurie Schramm learned the hard way why health and safety is key.
“I’ve seen employees get injured on the job. I even saw an employee die at work once,” Schramm, the president and CEO of Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) experiences, said.
|SASKATCHEWAN MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE
Alanna Koch wants to see employees within the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture take control of their own health and safety.
Promoting a culture that encourages that is her aim.
|SAFWAY SERVICES CANADA
Safway Services Canada knows that each one of their employees is a part of its workplace family.
With that knowledge comes the responsibility of management to ensure that employees are working in a healthy and safe area.