Mississauga paper converting company wins health and safety award

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

ACCO Brands Canada celebrates recognition

WSN staff with award winners
WSN President’s Award winner for health and safety excellence in the Ontario paper, printing, and converting sector: ACCO Brands Canada in Mississauga. From left to right:  WSN President and CEO Candys Ballanger-Michaud, Phillip Allison, Nancy Deacon, and WSN Health and Safety Specialist Thom Foster.

Mississauga paper converter ACCO Brands Canada has won the top provincial award from its health and safety association Workplace Safety North (WSN). The annual WSN award recognizes the top health and safety performers in Ontario’s mining, forestry, paper, printing, and converting sectors, as well as small businesses in northern Ontario, based on safety performance over the past two calendar years.

“It’s fantastic news,” says Robert Hodan, President. “It’s a reflection of our employees’ hard work and efforts to improve safety in our workplace.”

“It’s important to be recognized for our efforts, keeping the employees safe and making the workplace a healthy place to work,” says Philip Allison, Production Supervisor. 

The plant has 165 employees and two health and safety teams: a Joint Health and Safety Committee, and a corporate audit system. 

“I link in with Dan Suess [Health and Safety Specialist] from Workplace Safety North on a regular basis,” says Nancy Deacon, Occupational Health Nurse. “I see him a few times a year. He comes in to see where we’re at. He always keeps me up to date about the new legislation coming out and what the Ministry of Labour is focusing on. So he’s very good.”

Photo of Acco Safety Committee
ACCO Brands Canada Safety Committee: Back row left to right: Philip Allison, Paul West, Susan Brown, Sandra Bolton, Ashleigh Hunter, Dave Cochane, Marcin Scipien. Front row: Nancy Deacon, Melitta Elliott.

Worthwhile thing to do

“Our employees are very happy that we won the award, and we’ve had congratulations from many people dropping by and saying they were very pleased that we won those awards,” adds Deacon.Deacon encouraged the team to apply for the award. “I thought it was time we started applying for awards and, really, Dan encouraged me to do that. Our corporate health and safety director was also very encouraging. It seems like a daunting task because we’re all so busy and have so many things to do, but it was a really worthwhile thing to do. It was worth the effort and I know we’re going to have good feedback and extra ideas about what we can implement to make our program even better. It’ll be easier next year because we know exactly what we need to be aware of. 

“We’ve used Workplace Safety North and their training services quite a number of times. We did hazard recognition assessment and control training and supervisory training for the maintenance people who work all three shifts and take charge as lead hand, so they have to have more training than average.

“I think WSN’s a great resource for training, for what’s new out there, and what’s coming down the line as far as legislation, as well as what needs to be done, and what company’s need to be aware of,” adds Deacon.

A leading manufacturer of paper, notebooks and daytimers for the home office, school and commercial business market, ACCO Brands Canada was founded in 1917 as Canada Pad and Paper, and over the years, through mergers with Hilroy, Abitibi, and most recently ACCO Brands Corporation, has become a global presence. The manufacturing division also includes sister plants in the United States and Brazil. 

About WSN Awards

The WSN Workplace Excellence Awards program provides recognition to firms actively engaged in improving health and safety performance. Companies complete an assessment of current health and safety programs, and develop an action plan to improve safety performance. Companies scoring 80 per cent or more on the self-assessment submit the completed assessment in order to receive a display plaque. Self-assessments are reviewed and scores may be validated by an on-site visit from WSN. All submissions are automatically considered for the President’s Award. Scoring is based on the results of the self-assessment in combination with statistical performance over the past two calendar years. Top scoring firms in forestry, mining, paper, printing, and converting, and small business are presented with the President’s Award at the WSN annual general meeting each September. 

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