Winners were celebrated at gala event in Toronto on Tuesday
Canadian Occupational Safety is pleased to announce the winners of the seventh annual Canada’s Safest Employers awards, recognizing health and safety excellence from coast to coast. More than 40 awards were handed out to 34 companies at a gala event in Toronto on Tuesday.
Canada’s Safest Employers awards boast 10 industry-specific categories, ranging from hospitality and health care to mining and manufacturing. Companies are judged on a wide range of occupational health and safety elements including leadership commitment, employee training, OHS management systems, incident investigation, emergency preparedness and innovative health and safety initiatives.
Three special awards were also handed out: the Wellness Award (employee overall well-being); the Psychological Safety Award (employee mental health); and the Young Worker Safety Award (an employer with programs geared for keeping workers under age 25 safe).
The top prize of the evening is Canada’s Best Health + Safety Culture Award, which recognizes a company that not only has all everyone in its organization committed to safety (from C-suite executives to workers in the field), but also extends this passion for safety into the broader community.
Watch for the October/November 2017 issue of COS for complete coverage on the winners. Learn more about the awards here, including details on the nomination and judging process as well as listings of past winners.
Congratulations to the 2017 winners. Click on the company name of each gold winner for an exclusive article and video outlining its award-winning programs.
CANADA’S BEST HEALTH + SAFETY CULTURE
Silvers: Westcan Bulk Transport; Voyageur Transportation Services
PUBLIC SECTOR / NON-PROFIT
Silver: Public Services Health & Safety Association
OIL AND GAS
Silver: Oakville Hydro Electricity Distribution; Peterborough Utilities Group
Gold: Niagara Casinos
Silvers: Packers Plus Energy Services; Quadra Chemicals
This year, Canadian Occupational Safety magazine decided to bestow a Publisher’s Award on two companies that just fell slightly short of winning a Canada’s Safest Employers award. These companies are Michelin - Pictou County and Rockwell Automation.
The 2017 Safety Leader of the Year award was also presented at the gala on Tuesday. This year’s winner is Doug Matthew, director of health, safety, wellness and environment at Alectra Utilities in Hamilton. You can learn more about him when he graces the cover of the December/January issue of COS.