Workplace Safety North announces new Risk Management Awards

Thursday, March 02, 2023

Ontario resource companies recognized for how they manage top risks in their sector

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Cindy Schiewek, Director of Health and Safety Services at Workplace Safety North, says the new Risk Management Awards are based on recent industry research and evidence-based practices. Companies are being recognized for how well they manage top risks in their sector.

Workplace Safety North (WSN) announced a new awards program to recognize Ontario mining and forest products companies.

The WSN Risk Management Awards build on the provincial risk-based analysis program by using the industry’s own research to focus on the most effective ways to protect workers.

The awards also build on evidence-based research from the WSN Internal Responsibility System  Climate Assessment and Audit Tool.

“The Risk Management Awards focus on how high-risk hazards are managed,” says Cindy Schiewek, WSN Director of Health and Safety Services, “and rewards companies that can demonstrate they have key practices in place to keep workers safe and healthy.”

The awards program is based on health and safety research from each specific sector. Over the past few years, workers and managers have been meeting in risk assessment and root-cause analysis workshops to talk about and rate the workplace hazards that worry them most.

“It’s important to recognize all the research industry has done,” says Schiewek, “and spotlight how they are tackling the top health and safety risks in their sector.”

From the research, WSN created a database of the top 10 risks of all sectors in the mining, forestry, paper, printing, and converting sectors in Ontario. The Risk Management Awards recognize employers who are following the control activities designed to minimize risk and keep workers healthy and safe.

This year, the top mining risk targets pedestrian and mobile equipment interaction. The forest products sector is focused on lockout and tagout of machines and equipment to address stored energy hazards.

“The really nice thing about this award is that it focuses on the specific top risks identified by workers and managers in the industry. Plus, workers take part in the awards process by helping complete and submit the entry,” adds Schiewek.

Applications are submitted to see if a firm qualifies for the awards process and, once approved, companies submit an assessment online. WSN staff conduct field visits to verify submissions. Award winners will be recognized at the WSN annual general meeting held in North Bay and virtually in September.


Risk Management Awards – WSN

New risk-based approach to improving Ontario workplace health and safety

Risk management research – Ontario Forestry Sector

Risk management research – Ontario Mining Sector

Risk management research – Ontario Paper, Printing and Converting Sector