Workplace Excellence Awards recognize Ontario companies with strong safety culture
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Workplace Safety North (WSN), the occupational health and safety association for Ontario mining, forestry, and paper, printing, and converting sectors, announces a call for entries for the Workplace Excellence Awards.
“It’s important to recognize the efforts of workplaces that make health and safety a priority,” says Candys Ballanger-Michaud, WSN President and CEO. “They lead the way and set the tone for their sectors. That’s why these businesses deserve special recognition, for demonstrating their strong commitment to worker health and safety.”
The annual WE Awards honour health and safety achievements in mining, forestry, and paper, printing, and converting sectors, as well as for small businesses with fewer than 50 employees.
“Being recognized with awards like this one demonstrates to our employees and external stakeholders that we have a strong commitment to ongoing improvement in our safety performance,” said a representative of Kidd Operations - Glencore, a former winner of the President’s Award.
Why submit an entry?
The purpose of the program is twofold. First, companies complete an easy-to-follow assessment of their current health and safety programs, which enables them to identify areas for improvement and create an action plan. Second, the program provides external recognition to those companies actively engaged in improving health and safety performance.
“The award means to us that we are on the right path,” said a representative of Kruger Inc. Packaging, two-time President’s Award winner. “Participating in the Workplace Excellence Awards is a good way for organizations to benchmark against others. It’s not a question about winning or losing, but where can an organization improve.”
Workplace Excellence Awards Plaque
Companies that score 80 per cent or more on the self-assessment submit the completed assessment to WSN in order to receive a Workplace Excellence Award plaque for display in the workplace. WSN reviews the self-assessment and scores may be validated by an on-site visit from a WSN Health and Safety Specialist.
All submitted assessments are automatically considered for the President’s Award. Scoring is based on the self-assessment in combination with statistical performance over the past two calendar years. Top scoring firms in Ontario forestry, mining, paper, printing, and converting, and small business are presented with the President’s Award at the WSN annual general meeting in September.
Deadline for submissions
For mining companies that wish to be recognized with a plaque at the annual Mining Health and Safety Conference, the deadline for submission is March 15, 2017.
For forestry firms in northwestern Ontario that wish to be recognized at the Lakehead Regional Safety Council spring awards banquet, the deadline for submission is March 15, 2017.
All other companies must submit assessments by June 1, 2017, in order to be considered for the President’s Award.
Submissions can be made anytime throughout the calendar year. For more information, visit: workplacesafetynorth.ca/consulting/workplace-excellence-awards-program