Prevention System Updates

New organizational health + safety culture award creates shared value

Release Date:  Oct 29, 2014

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS), a principal in Ontario’s CEO Health + Safety Leadership Network, in partnership with Canada’s Safest Employers, presented by Canadian Occupational Safety magazine, is pleased to announce a new national award that recognizes organizations that exceed traditional health and safety practices by the shared value created to have an impact on a broader community dimension beyond their workplaces.

“The organizational health + safety culture award shines a light on deserving organizations across Canada that have made outstanding contributions to building health and safety cultures and inspiring transformative behaviours within their networks and areas of influence,” says Elizabeth Mills, WSPS President & CEO.  “That is why we felt it was critical to acknowledge an organization – rather than an individual, with this new award. We hope it will cause a ripple effect by acknowledging that by working in tandem, all types of leaders, the formal, operational and the individual, have a cumulative and value-added impact when they stand together to form a culture of health and safety in more than just their own workplace.”

While more details on the award are expected in the new year, criteria will be centred around the trust and openness within the organization among its managers and employees; commitment to engaging employees in decision-making; active involvement of upper management and boards of directors in governing organizational health; degree to which safety is promoted; evidence based decision-making using leading indicators of safety and, performance objectives tied to the health and safety of the organization.

The award is a key deliverable of the CEO Health + Safety Leadership Network which was founded last year by WSPS, in tandem with The Conference Board of Canada and Bruce Power. “Network members are forward-thinking leaders who embrace their role, both collectively and individually, as champions and influencers in the growth of sustainable businesses and communities,” says Ms. Mills. “We are working together to shape health and safety policy, exchange knowledge and ideas, and we will be collaborating with other provincial networks on the development of a strategy to create a truly Canadian culture of health and safety.”

More information on the CEO Health + Safety Leadership Network and the organizational health + safety culture award is available at www.wsps.ca/leadership or by emailing CEOHSNetwork@wsps.ca . For more information about Canada’s Safest Employers, visit www.safestemployers.com