Leading a Culture of Safety: From Learning to Practice

The Conference Board of Canada, November 7, 2018
Recorded Webinar
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Legislation requires organizations to comply with Occupational Health and Safety Acts and regulations, however organizations must go above and beyond to create a positive safety culture to ensure the safety of its workforce. Attitudes, values, and beliefs of an organization and its employees can enhance safety culture or act as a barrier towards safety programming.

Many leading companies in the manufacturing, mining, chemical and nuclear industries have implemented safety cultures and have seen positive impacts including employee productivity, as well as improved product quality. For organizations looking to enhance their safety culture, some struggle on how to define, assess, and mobilize change. This session includes a broad perspective with representation by safety professionals, industry leaders, and academia in advancing safety culture in Canada.

This webinar is made available to you in partnership with Minerva Canada, a not-for-profit volunteer organization dedicated to advancing Health and Safety education in post secondary institutions, The Conference Board of Canada’s Health and Safety Leadership Centre, and Workplace Safety & Prevention Services.

This webinar has limited enrolment so register now!

Webinar Highlights

Highlights of this webinar include:

  • The integration of safety culture into traditional occupational health and safety.
  • How organizations can leverage and promote safety culture to support their safety management system.
  • A case study example with Modern Niagara on how they promote and support a culture of safety to prevent injuries.
  • Safety Culture research update from the Health and Safety Leadership Centre.

About Monika

Monika Slovinec D’Angelo, Director, Health at The Conference Board of Canada.

Dr. Monika Slovinec D’Angelo is a health psychologist with extensive national and international experience developing, implementing, and evaluating health intervention programs, health care delivery models, and strategic health initiatives at organizational and systems levels. Her applied research has focused on strategies and systematic approaches for promoting and sustaining health behaviour change across populations and settings.

About Graeme

Graeme Norval is an associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto. He has been lecturing in process design since 2004. His prior work experience was in the chlor-alkali industry with Pioneer, formerly CIL, where he was a senior research engineer. He has introduced concepts of safety and safety management into the chemical engineering design courses at the University of Toronto. Further, he is actively involved with Minerva Canada in delivering their Learning Forums, in which the basics of safety and safety management are taught to university professors, in order to boost the teaching of these subjects. Further, he is part of the Minerva team that is developing an online Health and Safety certificate program for engineering students. In 2012, he was appointed to the Province of Ontario's Prevention Council.

About Erin

Erin Y. Oliver, BSc.Kin, R.Kin, CRSP, Vice-President of Employee Health & Safety with Modern Niagara Group, Inc.

With more than 5000 employees and tradespersons nationwide, Modern Niagara Group is a national leader in mechanical / electrical contracting and building controls.

In her role with Modern Niagara Group, Ms. Oliver manages the company’s national safety program that ensures all employees work in a secure environment. She also oversees the compensation and return to work program; has developed national health and safety policies for the company; implements continuous training and education programs for Modern Niagara staff.

About the Health and Safety Leadership Centre

The Conference Board’s Health and Safety Leadership Centre (HSLC) supports the continuous improvement of healthy and safe workplaces. It is founded on the principle that effective health and safety leadership is essential to the operation of a successful business.

About Minerva Canada

A non-profit volunteer-run organization, Minerva Canada , aims to be a global leader in health and safety management education by influencing the curriculum of post-secondary institutions to ensure that future business leaders create healthier and safer workplaces. The only organization of its kind, it advocates for increased inclusion of health and safety concepts in business and engineering curricula and educates the educators by providing business, engineering professors and instructors in universities and colleges with practical, curriculum-ready tools and initiatives which are available at no cost to educators across Canada. These include Learning Forums, Teaching Modules and case studies. Minerva is in the process of developing an online Health and Safety certificate program for engineering students.

About Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

WSPS WSPS is the largest health & safety association in Ontario, responsible for more than 167,000 member firms across the agricultural, manufacturing and service sectors. WSPS provides health & safety expertise, insight and prevention solutions for your business.

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