Ontario companies recognized by Workplace Safety North
Each year, Workplace Safety North (WSN), recognizes Ontario workplaces for health and safety excellence.
|WSN President’s Award winner for Ontario paper, printing, and converting sector: Sonoco Canada - Trent Valley Mill, Trenton; left to right: Paul Andre and Doug Brown (WSN staff) with Alex Abes, Mill Manager.|
At the Sept. 25 annual general meeting, the provincial health and safety association for mining, forestry, and paper, printing, and converting sectors, handed out its President’s Award to three top performers: North American Palladium - Lac des Iles Mine in Thunder Bay, Sonoco Canada Trent Valley Mill in Trenton, and Nordic Minesteel Technologies in North Bay.
“The President’s Awards shine a spotlight on the health and safety achievements of WSN member firms and community-based clients,” says Paul Andre, WSN President and Chief Executive Officer. “The initial Workplace Excellence assessment is a self-assessment conducted jointly with either the worker member of the joint health and safety committee or, for smaller firms, their health and safety representative, and this supports the integrity of the results.”
WSN evaluates statistical performance – both in terms of year-over-year performance of the individual company, and performance against a specific Workplace Safety and Insurance Board rate group of peers. Firms scoring over 80 per cent are awarded a Workplace Excellence Award. The top scoring firm in each category is eligible for the President’s Award following on-site validation from a WSN Health and Safety Specialist.
|WSN President’s Award winner for Northern Ontario Business for the second time: Nordic Minesteel Technologies, North Bay; left to right: Paul Andre (WSN) with Tracy Fleury, Nic Barron, Heather Johnston, Gord Brooks, and Rob Authier.|
“I’m honoured to recognize the dedication to worker well-being, to creating and maintaining healthy and safe workplaces – and to bringing every worker home safe and healthy. Well done!
“It is so important to recognize the efforts of workplaces – ones that make health and safety a priority,” says Andre. “I consider the award winners to be positive role models to help Ontario businesses make workplace health and safety an integral part of every job and every workday."
President’s Award Winners for health and safety excellence
- Mining sector: North American Palladium - Lac des Iles Mine, Thunder Bay
- Paper, Printing, and Converting sector: Sonoco Canada Trent Valley Mill, Trenton
- Northern Ontario Business: Nordic Minesteel Technologies, North Bay
Workplace Excellence Award winners
The purpose of the Workplace Excellence (WE) Awards 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.
WSN President’s Award winner for Ontario mining sector: North American Palladium - Lac des Iles Mine, Thunder Bay; left to right: Paul Andre and Robert Marin (WSN) with Dale Molly, Bryan Wilson, Gord Paddock, Derek Wilkins, Arthur Abernot, and Mike Newbold.
- Glencore – Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations
- KGHM – Sudbury Operations, Sudbury
- Kidd Operations – Glencore Canada, Timmins
- Kirkland Lake Gold Macassa Mine Complex, Kirkland Lake
- Kirkland Lake Gold Taylor Complex, Val Gagne
- Kirkland Lake Gold Holt Complex, Matheson
- Newmont Goldcorp – Porcupine Gold Mines, South Porcupine
- Newmont Goldcorp – Red Lake Gold Mines, Balmertown
- Nordic Minesteel Technologies, North Bay
- North American Palladium - Lac Des Iles Mine, Thunder Bay
- Redpath Canada, North Bay
- SCR Mining and Tunnelling L.P., Val Caron
- Sonoco Canada - Trent Valley Mill, Trenton
- Tahoe Canada - Lake Shore Gold, Timmins
- Technica Mining, Lively
- Wallbridge Mining Company, Lively
- Wellington Produce Packaging, Mount Forest