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Recognize their great work by nominating them for a SAFE Work Award!
Each year, the SAFE Work Awards celebrate an outstanding worker, workplace safety and health committee, and workplace.
SAFEty Culture Award – Your nominee is a workplace that
demonstrates leading and best practices in fostering a culture of safety, and
uses innovation to advance safety and health in the workplace. Examples include
following the CSA training standard, implementing the CSA psychological health
and safety standard, participating in a safety association, and fostering
worker participation and inclusiveness. The nominator may be any individual working inside
or outside the nominated workplace.
Worker SAFEty Award – Your nominee is an individual who demonstrates
commitment to workplace safety, every day. Nominees in this category are safety
champions who go above and beyond to increase safety awareness for others and
take an active role in making the workplace safe. The nominator may be any
individual in the same workplace.
SAFEty and Health Committee Award – Your nominee is a workplace safety and health
committees that takes an active role in improving health and safety in the
workplace, spreads safety and health messaging (particularly to young and new
workers), and makes a positive impact on the culture of safety and health at the
workplace. The nominator may be an employer or worker in the same workplace,
but they should not be a member of the committee.
View the submission criteria here to make sure your nominee is eligible. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the SAFE Work Awards.
Nominations for the 2018 awards will open in the spring of 2018. Winners will be notified in the summer of 2018, and presented with their awards at a fall awards gala called The Safetys.
We're pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 SAFE Work Awards! The awards were presented on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at The Safetys, a brand-new awards gala to celebrate Manitoba's workplace safety champions (see the full winner list at www.thesafetys.ca).
Workplaces with a strong safety culture recognize that safety is a team effort. Diagnostic Services Manitoba's nomination highlighted the many ways in which all their staff are involved in safety. For example, all employees are trained in job hazard analysis and in writing safe work procedures; safety committee members regularly involve other workers in inspecting laboratories, diagnostic imaging areas and other sites; and all staff are trained in the Provincial Healthcare Violence Prevention Program to protect staff, visitors and patients from aggression or violence.
"It truly is everyone’s responsibility that safety duties are shared, to ensure that our staff maintain the paradigm of safety in the workplace," says nominator Todd Stevens, Senior Safety Specialist, Disability Officer at Diagnostic Services Manitoba.
Honourable mentions: Gardewine Group Limited Partnership and Magellan Aerospace
Safety and health committees have the important role of helping employers and employees create and maintain a safe and healthy workplace. Stantec's committee does an exceptional job identifying and addressing the hazards that staff face, which can range from heat or cold exposure, ergonomics in the office and in the field, noise exposure, confined spaces, fall hazards, and particulate and chemical exposures. Their nominator, Christian Tardi (Regional HSSE Advisor for Stantec), reports that the committee is extremely proficient at identifying leading indicators, so they can learn from potential hazards and implement the necessary controls before it is too late.
Stantec's committee members are "dedicated to raising awareness, communicating, and ensuring the needs of the workers and leaders are met," says Tardi.
Honourable mentions: Pollard Banknote and Motor Carrier Enforcement/Manitoba Infrastructure
Arleen Pluchinski works as a Resource Tech 2 at Pineland Forest Nursery, and has sat on her workplace's safety and health committee for 13 years. Her nominator, Dennis LeClerc, credits her initiative for helping bring their incident rate down to almost zero.
Ms. Pluchinski's achievements include training all employees to spot and control hazards, assess risks and find safer ways to complete tasks without injury. She felt there was a need for safe work procedures, so for every job at Pineland Forest Nursery she has written and implemented procedures, makes sure they are up-to-date, and ensures that everyone is aware of how to do the job at hand safely. Mr. LeClerc reports that Ms. Pluchinski is very approachable, and if anyone has a concern she is very quick to help and find a solution. She recognized the need for a strong, dedicated voice to advocate for worker safety issues, and stepped up to the task.
"Her message to all staff is that there is nothing too small concerning the health and safety of our employees," says Mr. LeClerc.
Honourable mentions: Jodi Pluchinski (WRHA), and Sheldon Jonasson (Jade Transport)
Check out our winners from 2013-2016 here.
The Safetys is a brand-new fall gala event to celebrate Manitobans who are making our workplaces safer and healthier. The 2017 SAFE Work Awards were presented at The Safetys on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, along with the awards from seven other Manitoba safety organizations. This partnership allows us to celebrate Manitoba workplace safety at one premiere event!
See the full 2017 winner list at www.thesafetys.ca, and watch for more information in spring 2018 about next year's gala.
SAFE Work Manitoba is the public agency dedicated to the prevention of workplace injury and illness.
Working with our partners in the safety community, we provide prevention education, safety programming, consulting and strategic direction to create a genuine culture of safety for all Manitobans.