Place your organization in the running for a H+S Culture Award

May 13, 2015

Culture awardWorkplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS), which runs the CEO H+S Leadership Network with several strategic partners, recently unveiled the nomination criteria for what has been described as the country's highest honour among health and safety awards. The new Canada's Best Health + Safety Culture Award will recognize an entire organization - not just an individual - for outstanding contributions to building health and safety cultures and inspiring transformative behaviours within their areas of influence 1.

The nomination criteria, revealed as part of the CEO Leadership H+S Network Inaugural Round Table at Partners in Prevention 2015 Health & Safety Conference & Trade Show, focus on these areas:

  • leadership - safety values and action
  • accountability and integration
  • corporate social responsibility and change management
  • organizational performance and evaluation.

Nominations close July 15. The award is open to all Canadian organizations in business for at least five years, and employing more than 50 people.

"The award was inspired by the CEO H+S Leadership Network, a distinguished group of forward thinking senior leaders who embrace their role, both collectively and individually, as champions and influencers in the growth of sustainable businesses and communities in Ontario - and beyond," says Elizabeth Mills, president and CEO of WSPS.

"Organizations that apply for this award understand the correlation between organizational health and optimal business performance. They recognize that by strengthening their brand and firmly establishing their organization's reputation as a leader in creating sustainable workplaces and communities."

Levitt-Safety signs on as award sponsor

A member of the CEO H+S Leadership Network, Levitt-Safety has also stepped up as the award sponsor. Why this award? "I think culture is the single biggest driver of safety," says president Bruce Levitt.

The company began focusing on its own health and safety culture seven years ago as a means of improving its health and safety performance. In the process, the company recognized a relationship between health, safety and organizational performance. "I'm very much a believer that having a health and safety culture is part and parcel of having the right business culture, period. You can't separate one from the other. It's all part of being a quality organization," says Levitt.

In the intervening years, Levitt-Safety has marked a number of performance milestones, including

  • 4 million hours without a lost-time injury
  • recognition three years running as one of Canada's "50 Best Managed Companies."

Take the next step

Just starting the journey towards a stronger health and safety culture can benefit your people and your company, says Bruce Levitt. "Whichever company wins this award won't be the only beneficiary. Every participating organization will benefit. The steps you to go through to be considered for the award can only help to improve your culture, and will be visible throughout the organization."

For more information about WSPS' H+S Leadership Network, visit or contact Simona Mazat at or 905-614-2138.

Learn more about Canada's Best Health + Safety Culture Award and the CEO H+S Leadership Network.

1 Canada's Best Health + Safety Culture Award is one of five awards under Thomson Reuters' Canadian Occupational Safety Magazine's annual Canada's Safest Employers award program. The deadline to apply for the other four awards is June 1. Winners will be unveiled at the awards gala on October 28.