Readers’ Choice Awards 2021: Celebrating the best in class

Back for its 6th edition, COS’ annual Readers’ Choice Awards brings to you the best vendors and suppliers as decided by our loyal readers

Readers’ Choice Awards 2021: Celebrating the best in class

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A lot has changed since last year’s awards, but one thing that hasn’t is that health and safety pros need options.

What better way to find out recommendations than from our dear readers.

So many of our readers are experts in their respective fields, so we trust that their recommendations are the cream of the crop.

We say this a lot, but it bears repeating: this has been an incredibly rough year for a number of professions, very much including the OHS sector.

The pandemic has really brought work-place health and safety to the fore, with businesses and organizations realizing how important — and essential — safety pros are.

OHS pros have been working hard over the last year to ensure optimal worker safety in their organizations amid a uniquely challenging crisis.

This also means that they may not have the time to research the best vendors and suppliers on their own — this is where our Readers’ Choice comes in. Now in its sixth year, our Readers’ Choice awards compile the cream of the crop in one handy list.

On behalf of COS, we would like to extend a huge congratulations to all of our 2021 stellar winners. Now more than ever, OHS pros need to know where to turn to.

Client recognition

We also know how much these awards mean to our winners:

“Brady is continually evolving and growing to meet the needs of our markets and our customers [...] we are so pleased and encouraged to hear that we have been voted as winners for the 2021 Readers’ Choice awards in three categories this year,” says the team over at Brady.

Our 2021 winners truly value the expert opinion of our readers (and their clients):

“[We] take great pride in being recognized by Canadian Occupational Safety readers and appreciate the customer support,” says Watson Gloves.

“This means a lot to us to be recognized [...] in HSE Management Solutions by Canadian Occupational Safety’s readers. It validates the value of our investment in the product and in the area of management solutions over the last five years,” says John Easton, VP of Product Management, Cority.

“The recognition across all our products as a Readers’ Choice award is humbling and the greatest testament to the work our teams do to help customers deliver safety outcomes [...] having our customers award us recognition across all our products helps us continue our mission,” says the Alcumus team (the group behind the winning eCompliance solution).

Pandemic innovations

The pandemic has been tough on Canadian businesses and organizations of all sizes. They have had to re-think business models and supply chains, and come up with innovative solutions to service their customers while keeping everyone, from client to employee, safe.

Our 2021 winners were able to adapt to a difficult — and ever-changing — market.

One of our winners, 3M, one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of N95 respirators, had to significantly increase production to meet global demand. The company also faced off a number of fraudsters and scammers hoping to take advantage of the pandemic and the (then) limited supply.

Each of the winning companies listed in our Readers’ Choice awards spread has faced some kind of difficulty — but what makes them a winning company is that they were able to bounce back and innovate. For example, Brady says that since early March 2020, they have been making, distributing and selling products used around the world to help in the fight against COVID-19 and getting their prod-ucts to the front lines of the pandemic. “Innovation at Brady has played a major role this past year. We launched a Big Ideas Challenge globally and received ideas to help in the fight of Covid-19, and also launched new products that increase safety, security and productivity for this pandemic, including floor marking tape and social distancing signs, COVID- specific labels, lockout devices, and spill control products.”

“The pandemic has greatly affected our business, like most,” says Watson Gloves. With gloves being such a key bit of PPE during the pandemic, the company has predictably been very busy.

“We’ve struggled with supply chain issues for the most sought after items, like disposable gloves, but then also had a surplus of other styles due to some business shut-downs. It hasn’t been easy, but we adapted and even started making face masks in our Burnaby factory.”

But this hasn’t dampened enthusiasm — in spite of a fully digital workplace.

“What we are all most looking forward to post-pandemic is being able to get together again. As we have branch offices in BC, Alberta and Ontario, many have been working from home for extended periods of time.

In addition, this will be the second June in a row that we have had to have our yearly meetings virtually. Our past practice was to bring the sales staff out to BC, have a few days of business meetings then a few days of fun, with golf, a Vancouver harbour boat cruise, and lots of shenanigans that strengthened our team bonds. We all can’t wait for that to happen again.”

Tech solutions

Many tech companies have experienced huge growth throughout the pandemic, forged by an increasing consumer demand. For a long time, the OHS sector was reticent to adopt tech solutions, but the pandemic has forced their hand. From solutions to track and trace outbreaks, to online training, tech has been a huge help during the pandemic — and it seems that it will only grow further.

“Our business has faired very well during the pandemic because of the strength of our solutions in, and surrounding, worker health. HSE professionals have been at the forefront of the fight in this pandemic and solutions like ours have helped them protect their workforce and return to somewhat normal activities.

As we pull out of the pandemic, we are looking forward to helping our clients with post-pandemic challenges, whether that be production and hiring booms, or ongoing vaccination programs, etc. Because we are so close to the HSE community and our clients, we are confident we can keep a close pulse on helping with the next challenge we face,” says Easton.

Says Alcumus: “The past 15 months of the pandemic has helped strengthen our business resolve to helping protect workers everywhere. With the onset of the pandemic, we had to find a new way of working, a new way of helping customers, and a new way of creating solutions protecting our customers.”

Since 2020, the group says that they have had 141 software releases for products including their Readers’ Choice winning eCompliance solution, to e-learning tools.

Alcumus says that it is “looking forward to seeing our teams come out of the pandemic with the lessons learned that allow them to help all our customers achieve their safety outcomes.”

Methodology

Canadian Occupational Safety’s annual Readers’ Choice awards recognize outstanding products and services in the safety sector.

We have perfected our research over the last few years, and are confident that our expert readers can give us valuable insights into the best products and services in the OHS sector. Over a period of around 15 weeks, our research team surveyed our readership of 12,000 occupational safety professionals and carried out in-depth phone interviews with over 300 professionals. Research participants were asked to rate products and services available to the occupational safety industry across a number of categories including ergonomics, consultants, emergency management, facility safety, and more.

Once this research period is over, our team goes through the results to see which entrants have received the best grade. We only keep the top companies, and Readers’ Choice awards are presented to product and service providers rated as ‘excellent’ in their respective categories.

Winners

CONFINED SPACE

GAS DETECTION

  • Draegar Safety Canada
  • Honeywell
  • MSA

 

RESCUE EQUIPMENT

  • 3M Canada
  • Honeywell
  • MSA

 

CONSULTANTS

AUDITING SERVICES

  • BSI Group
  • Pinchin
  • Stantec

 

ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS

  • Golder
  • Pinchin
  • Stantec

 

OHS CONSULTANTS

  • Hazmasters
  • Levitt-Safety
  • Pozniak Safety Associates

 

CUTTING SAFETY

CUTTING SAFETY TOOLS

  • Klein Tools
  • Olfa
  • SawStop

 

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION

  • British Columbia Institute Of Technology
  • Ryerson University
  • University of Toronto

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

EMERGENCY SHOWERS AND EYEWASH

  • Bradley Corporation
  • Honeywell
  • Levitt-Safety

 

SPILL CONTROL PRODUCTS

  • Brady
  • Hazmasters
  • Safety-Kleen

 

ERGONOMICS

ANTI-FATIGUE INSOLES

  • Dr. Scholl's
  • Ergodyne
  • Timberland Pro

 

ERGONOMIC FURNITURES

  • ErgoCanada
  • ergoCentric Seating Systems
  • Staples Business Advantage Canada

 

ERGONOMIC SUPPORT PRODUCTS

  • Allegro Industries
  • Ergodyne
  • Pyramex Safety Products

 

MATERIAL HANDLING EQUIPMENT

  • Genie, a Terex Brand
  • JLG Industries
  • Leavitt Machinery
  • Wajax

 

FACILITY SAFETY

FIRST AID KIT PROVIDER

  • Canadian Red Cross
  • First Aid Canada
  • St. John Ambulance Canada

 

FLOOR AND SURFACE PRODUCTS

  • Barefoot Industrial Ergonomic
  • Ergomat
  • Safeguard Technology
  • Wearwell

 

INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE MONITORING

  • Concept Controls
  • Pichin
  • REED Instruments

 

LIGHTING AND ALARMS

  • Bradley Corporation
  • Pelican Products
  • Streamlight

 

LOCKOUT/TAGOUT AND MACHINE GUARDING

  • Brady
  • Hazmasters
  • Master Lock

 

SIGNAGE & IDENTIFICATION

  • Accuform Manufacturing
  • Brady
  • Seton Canada

 

FALL PROTECTION

FALL PROTECTION

  • 3M DBI-SALA and 3M Protecta
  • Honeywell
  • MSA

 

SKIN CARE

SKIN CARE PRODUCTS

  • Gojo Industries
  • Kimberly-Clark Professional
  • SC Johnson Professional

 

INCENTIVES AND AWARDS

INCENTIVES AND AWARDS

  • BrandAlliance
  • Cotton Candy
  • The Safety Award Store

 

LEGAL SERVICES

LEGAL SERVICES

  • Aird & Berlis
  • Gowlings
  • Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti

 

OCCUPATIONAL TESTING SERVICES

OCCUPATIONAL TESTING SERVICES

  • CannAmm Occupational Testing Services
  • LifeLabs
  • SureHire

 

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

EYE PROTECTION

  • 3M Canada
  • Honeywell
  • MSA

 

FLAME RESISTANT CLOTHING

  • Bulwark FR
  • Carhartt
  • DuPont Protection Solutions

 

FOOT PROTECTION

  • CAT Footwear (Caterpillar)
  • Dakota
  • Red Wing Shoe Company
  • Timberland Pro

 

HAND PROTECTION

  • Ansell
  • Honeywell
  • Superior Glove Works
  • Watson Gloves

 

HEAD PROTECTION

  • 3M Canada
  • Honeywell
  • MSA

 

HEARING PROTECTION

  • 3M Canada
  • Honeywell
  • MSA

 

PROTECTIVE APPAREL

  • 3M Canada
  • Helly Hansen Workwear
  • MSA

 

PROTECTIVE FABRIC

  • GORE-tex
  • Polartec
  • Westex by Milliken

 

RESPIRATORY PROTECTION

  • 3M Canada
  • Honeywell
  • MSA

 

WINTER SAFETY PRODUCTS

  • Baffin
  • Helly Hansen Workwear
  • Tough Duck

 

PURCHASING

SAFETY EQUIPMENT SUPPLIER/DISTRIBUTOR

  • Acklands-Grainger
  • Hazmasters
  • Levitt-Safety

 

RETAILER

  • Acklands-Grainger
  • Home Depot
  • Marks

 

TECHNOLOGY

CONTRACTOR MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS

  • ComplyWorks
  • ContractorCheck
  • ISN

 

FLEET MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS

  • Fleet Complete
  • Geotab
  • GEOTrac Systems

 

HSE MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS

  • BIS Training Solutions
  • Cority
  • eCompliance

 

LONE WORKER MONITORING

  • Aware360
  • Blackline Safety
  • SPOT

 

MOBILE APP

  • eCompliance
  • Field iD
  • SiteDocs

 

SDS MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS

  • Chemscape Safety Technologies
  • KHA, Online-SDS
  • SDS RiskAssist by Rillea Technologies

 

WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY

  • Corvex Safety
  • MyZone Worker Alert System
  • SmartCap Technologies

 

TRAINING

FIRST AID TRAINING

  • Action First Aid
  • Canadian Red Cross
  • St. John Ambulance Canada

 

FORKLIFT SAFETY TRAINING

  • Global Training Centre
  • Leavitt Machinery
  • Liftrow Limited
  • Safety First Training
  • Western Canada Fire & First Aid

 

IN-CLASS SAFETY TRAINING

  • Hazmasters
  • Levitt-Safety
  • YOW Canada

 

ONLINE SAFETY TRAINING

  • BIS Training Solutions
  • Danatec by Yardstick Training
  • St. John Ambulance Canada
  • YOW Canada Inc.

 

RESCUE TRAINING

  • Dynamic Rescue Systems
  • EHS Canada
  • Global Training Centre

 

SAFE DRIVING TRAINING

  • Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA)
  • AMA (Alberta Motor Association)
  • Thinking Driver

 

WHMIS TRAINING

  • Danatec by Yardstick Training
  • Global HazMat
  • YOW Canada Inc.

 

WORKING AT HEIGHTS TRAINING (ONTARIO)

  • Hazmasters
  • IHSA (Infrastructure Health & Safety Association)
  • YOW Canada Inc.

 

CERTIFICATION PROVIDER

  • Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP)
  • Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE)
  • CSA Group