MISSISSAUGA: Feb 22, 2017 - Workplace Safety & Prevention Services today welcomed a sold out crowd to its 2017 Warehouse Safety Conference in Mississauga, Ontario. The event was established to meet the specific needs of WSPS customers in logistics management.
"In a recent poll, our customers said a dedicated warehouse conference would be very valuable" said Robert Harris, WSPS' Vice-President, Market Strategy. "Given this interest we're not surprised so many distribution professionals are attending."
Every spring WSPS hosts Partners in Prevention Health and Safety Conference and Trade Show, the largest health and safety conference in the country. With over 4000 delegates from a vast array of sectors, Partners in Prevention takes a more general and holistic approach to health and safety education covering topics that appeal to a wide audience. The Warehouse Safety Conference, on the other hand, is focused solely on the health and safety issues relevant to logistics.
"There has been a flurry of growth in the warehousing sector over the last few years and all indications are it will continue," said Harris. "Growth is good but it often leads to change that can introduce more complexities, challenges and risks that require innovative solutions. We're here to help our customers keep their workers safe so they can avoid downtime and keep product moving."
According to data from Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), over the last five years there have been no fatalities in Ontario warehouses and loss time injuries are declining. However, over the same period critical injuries such as concussions and fractures occur approximately 13 to 23 times per year.
"We're definitely seeing progress in this very chaotic environment and that's a testament to the employers who take the health and safety of their workers seriously. But there's always more that can be done. Today is all about sharing lessons learned and examining best practices for controlling the vast array of hazards found in warehouses and distribution centres," added Harris.
Warehouses can be dangerous places to work but most injuries - and fatalities - can be prevented. With a proper warehouse operations assessment that focuses on hazard risks, employers can identify the hazards present in their facility and implement controls to help keep workers safe. Typical warehouse hazards include storage and racking systems that could collapse if improperly installed or damaged; loading dock hazards for shipping and receiving staff; contact with machinery; pedestrian and traffic management; musculoskeletal disorders; transportation of dangerous goods; and, like most workplaces, slips, trips and falls.
WSPS' highly qualified team of warehousing, racking, machine guarding and material handling safety consultants, as well as guest speakers, are delivering a full day of conference sessions and post-conference professional development courses that cover these hazards and more.
"It's the go-to event for warehouse safety education," said Harris. "We're delighted we could bring it all together under one roof to serve our customers' needs."
For those interested in the national conference, registration is now open. The prevalence of mobile devices, ubiquitous internet access, telecommuting and working remotely have arguably improved productivity, but the human side of the equation must not be overlooked - work-life balance, corporate culture and mental wellness continue to be organizational priorities. Partners in Prevention 2017 will explore The New Workplace. Register before March 31, 2017 to enjoy Super Early Bird pricing.
About Workplace Safety & Prevention Services
WSPS is a leader in providing impactful risk management solutions that drive lasting business success for our customers. WSPS offers unparalleled health & safety expertise, insight and solutions for creating healthy work environments where employees thrive and businesses prosper.
A dynamic $43-million organization servicing 165,000 member firms, WSPS is primarily focused on the agricultural, industrial/manufacturing and service sectors. A key player in the Ontario occupational health & safety system, WSPS brings together community and business leaders to influence positive change to create a safer and more profitable Ontario. For more information about WSPS, visit wsps.ca.