Warehouse Safety Conference

Your Community. Your Workplace. Your Results.

February 25, 2020
Centre for Health & Safety Innovation,
5110 Creekbank Rd, Mississauga, ON L4W 0A1

Morning Keynote: Buffy Taylor

Morning Keynote: Buffy Taylor

Maintaining Safety in a 3PL Environment

Luncheon Keynote: Ian MacKenzie

Luncheon Keynote: Ian MacKenzie

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Network with Warehousing and Wholesale Professionals

Network with Warehousing and Wholesale Professionals

Learn new ideas, find solutions and share knowledge

Conference Schedule

Day 1 - February 25, 2020

Buffy Taylor: Maintaining Safety in a 3PL Environment

Director, Environmental Health and Safety, SCI Logistics

Safety is one of SCI's Culture Pillars and is embedded within each business vertical, from the initial design of a solution through to execution and delivery of a service. SCI warehouses have traditional safety hazards such as forklift and pedestrian safety to manage, while taking into consideration unique client requirements and their associated hazards. SCI constantly assesses and re-assesses the way safety standards are maintained in a fast paced warehouse environment. Buffy will speak to SCI's safety strengths and the challenges they face within various business verticals. Safety is woven into every level of the business from client proposals, engineered solutions and design, implementation to operational execution.

Warehouse Safety for Pedestrians - (Part One)
Human Factors in Warehouse Safety

Don Patten, Ergonomist, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

Warehouses are often busy with trucks, trailers, pedestrians, lifting devices and other equipment regularly moving materials to satisfy customer orders. Mix these activities with the potential for human error resulting from mental lapses, lack of concentration or other workplace factors could lead to dire consequences. This session will equip you with the knowledge that human factors play a key role in preventing injuries in a warehouse. Topics discussed will include: line of sight, visual factors, light adaptation, assessment methodologies and control measures.

Forward Thinking: The Benefits of eLearning

Jordan Brimley, General Manager, Lift Certified

Many companies are recognizing the efficiencies of online and blended learning in the workplace. It's the only way for employees to effectively absorb knowledge in a way that complements their independent learning style.

Blended approaches often work best, especially for lift truck re-certifications. Online theory training is the most timesaving, cost-efficient and consistent way to train any forklift operator. Theory taught in a classroom setting can often be inconsistent and misinterpreted by the learner. With online training, any changes to the course material, such as updates to the legislation, are made immediately available to all learners. This guarantees that operators always learn the most up-to-date information available, which could prevent an accident, serious injury, or even death.

RACE: Fall from Heights in Warehouses

David Reid, CRSP, CES, PCMH, Safety Leader, GAP Inc., Global Supply Chain and Product Operations

Increasing the quantity of goods moving through your organization's warehousing and distribution centers-and the speed with which these items move through your supply chain-is vital to improving the bottom line. That said, from a safety perspective, ramped up activity in your distribution centers also increases your organization's exposure to potential losses. If you ask a seasoned warehousing EHS professional for a list of the most costly potential hazards their employees face, chances are good forklift accidents will top the list. What these same safety professionals tend to overlook is the potential lost time injuries and fatalities associated with fall hazards. This session will focus on fall hazards in three main forms:

  1. Personnel walking on elevated conveyor surfaces to dislodge jams,
  2. Maintenance activity on the motors that pull the conveyors and,
  3. Sorting and picking activities on elevated racks and mezzanines.

Warehouse Safety for Pedestrians - (Part Two)
Pedestrian Safety and Traffic Management: Conducting Effective Inspections

Chuck Leon, Warehouse Racking Specialist, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

Mobile powered equipment and pedestrians don't mix. When they do, it can have costly consequences including fatalities, serious harm, expensive downtime and hefty fines. As warehousing operations become larger and more complex, inspections of conditions and practices relating to pedestrian and powered mobile equipment traffic e even more critical, and controls must be in place. This session will review the common and not-so-common hazards, identify best practices and next steps you can take in your workplace to ensure you have the proper controls.

Workplace Violence and Harassment in Ontario and the Warehouse Sector

Chris Boccinfuso, Provincial Specialist, Workplace Harassment & Violence Industrial Program, Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD)

This session will provide you with a high level statistical review of the OHSA provisions that cover workplace harassment and violence. Comparisons between the warehouse sector and the provincial experiences will be made. Extensive time will be allotted for discussion around this topic, including some best practices and prevention.

Industrial Mobile Robot (IMR) Safety Considerations

Renee Frigault, BA, BScE., MScE., PEng., President- Consulting Engineer, Lucid Engineering Ltd.
Robert Vomiero, B.Eng., P. Eng., CHSC, CMSE®, Technical Specialist, Machine and Robot Safety, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

The use of Industrial Mobile Robots (IMRs) within distribution centers and manufacturing operations is on the rise due to increasing order fulfillment demands, as well the desire to reduce worker exposure to repetitive, difficult, and sometimes dangerous working environments. This session will provide an overview of mobile robot technology. It will cover topics including, the benefits being realized from the use of mobile robots, the difference between AGVs and IMRs, some of the different types of IMRs currently in use, some information on the mobile robot standard currently under development, and some safety considerations associated with the implementation of mobile robots.

Afternoon Keynote: Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Ian MacKenzie, National Logistics Manager, Emerald Health Therapeutics

Ninety-two percent of North Americans own or use a cell/smart phone device. A recent survey of 300 industries reported that 74% allow staff to use their personal devices in the workplace. For warehouses today, how do we safely cohabitate with a labour workforce that exchanges an average of 100 text messages a day and has had a device in their hands since they were children? How do we leverage this tech savvy group to positively impact our business, culture and employee engagement? Ian MacKenzie will walk you through his experiences, learnings and discuss the importance of seeing smartphones, not as threats, but opportunities.

Retaining the Value of Warehouse Employees

Debbie Lowe, Senior Manager, Human Resources Canada, FedEx Ground Ltd.
Meaghan Antony, Employment Services Manager, Federal Express Canada Corporation

Distribution warehouses across the country are under pressure to hire and retain workers. They face a classic supply-and-demand problem that's complicated by some unique challenges: most facilities all have similar requirements, they tend to cluster near highways in the same areas. That means they're competing for workers within the same talent pool.

Workers require a specialized tools to sort, inventory, and store the items they receive, from specialized software for accounting to heavy-lifting machines for storing in secure places. The very nature of work is changing, as temporary and non-traditional project-focused jobs - also known as the gig economy - continue to increase. And with this change, the trend of gig-based employees will also continue to grow, whether employers choose to participate or not. Learn ideas on how to be pro-active in creating win-win opportunities to hire and retain employees.

How to Implement an Effective Pallet Rack Safety Program

Charles Carbonneau, Ph.D. P.E, Chief Engineer, Damotech

This presentation aims to help warehouse owners and operators understand how to improve safety in their warehouses and learn about the tools and technologies available to help them manage rack safety more efficiently.

The session will cover key prevention measures such as employee training, guarding solutions, and conducting regular inspections of racking systems. Attendees will learn how they can limit liability and reduce the risk of accidents in their warehouses by implementing an effective pallet rack safety and maintenance program.

The Benefits of Having a Fleet Safety Program

MODERATOR: Rick Tilley, Consultant, Infrastructure Health & Safety Association (IHSA)
Ted Dezsenyi, Manager Regional Safety & Vehicle Maintenance, Fedex Canada
Kimberly Biback, Corporate Relations & Marketing, Sharp Transportation Systems Inc.

Vehicle incidents are not worth the risk! Protect your investment and understand how to implement a program that not only protects your bottom line but most importantly your workers. It first starts with having a commitment from the top down, having trained and qualified drivers and ensuring you have a good vehicle maintenance and inspection program and finally being compliant with the MTO. Come prepared with questions.

From Greenhouse to Store Shelf: The Logistics of the Legal Cannabis Market

Ian MacKenzie, National Logistics Manager, Emerald Health Therapeutics

A highly regulated medical market and a thriving black market became a deregulated new retail frontier at 12:01AM on Oct 17th, 2018 when the Federal Government's Cannabis Act came into law. The highs, lows and learnings were rapid for every Licensed Producer (LP), early on many used the opportunity to shore up stocks. The Canadian Cannabis market became the hot speculation stock market darling, as projections ran wild on dollars, sales and opportunities real and perceived. But the reality of Health Canada, Canadian Revenue Agency, Provincial Liquor Boards, packaging requirements along with the attempt to rush a crop-based commodity to market; brought many Licensed Producers (LP's) back down to earth. Ian will walk you through the highs, lows and the head shakers of introducing Logistics and Supply Chain methods to an industry that never had to operate at this level before.

Pre-Start Health and Safety Reviews Done Right

MODERATOR: Michael Wilson, Machine Guarding Specialist, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Chuck Leon, Warehouse Racking Specialist, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Robert Vomiero Machine & Robotics Safety Specialist, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Adrian Khan, Environment, Health, Safety and Security Senior Manager, Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee Inc.

Integrating Health and Safety as early as the design stages makes for a cost effective and proactive way to prevent workplace illness or injury. When a Pre-Start Health and Safety Review (PSR) is triggered, the employer must ensure compliance with the applicable sections of the Industrial Establishments Regulation. After executing the PSR, all the measures identified in the PSR report must be taken before the apparatus, structure, protective element or process is used or operated. Attend this session and learn more about PSRs - when it's required, who is qualified to perform a PSR and where do you go from there.

Top 10 Safety Hazards in the Warehouse Sector

Norm Kramer, Senior Health and Safety Consultant, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

This session will review your top hazards, current applicable standards and controls that industry leaders have successfully implemented. This supports the development of a hazard assessment which many workplaces struggle with; the foundation of a safety management system. You will leave this session with ideas on how to make your workplace safer and maintain profitability by avoiding unnecessary loss.

A practical top 10 hazard audit tool will be provided to support participants to apply learnings back at the workplace.

Day 2 - February 26 (Optional Post-Conference Workshops)

Supervisor Responsibilities and Due Diligence ($149.00 + HST)

Michelangelo LaSelva, Senior Business Developer, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

Supervisors play a critical role in health and safety and so much more. Good supervisors help improve productivity, protect employees and reduce risk. They also motivate their teams and create a positive workplace culture - all of which boost profit margins and shareholder returns. In short, a well-trained supervisor is one of the best assets a company has.

With fines for individuals recently quadrupling to $100,000 (up from $25,000), it has never been a better time for supervisors to understand the critical role they play in protecting worker health and safety and the steps they need to take to demonstrate that they've been duly diligent.

This half-day, instructor-led course equips supervisors with the necessary knowledge to understand their legal duties, their role as a leader and the concept of due diligence. Supervisors are provided with the knowledge and tools they need to be proactive in protecting worker health and safety and taking the necessary steps to demonstrate due diligence.

Managing Machine Safety ($199.00 + HST)

Robert Vomiero, Technical Specialist, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

Robots can introduce significant hazards if they are not properly safeguarded during operation or locked out during maintenance and repair. If proper precautions are not exercised when operated under manual control, the result can be costly. The purpose of this half-day course is to provide learners with the knowledge to recognize, assess and control risks related to the hazards of industrial robots and robot systems.


Optional post-conference training courses will be offered February 26, 2020. Conference attendees may choose to register for one or both courses: Supervisor Responsibilities and Due Diligence and Managing Machine Safety. Registration to the training course(s) must be done separately from the conference registration.

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Registration Rates

  Early Bird Rate: Save $100
Register on or before January 28, 2020
Regular Rate
After January 28, 2020
1 Day Only - Conference - February 25 $399 + HST $499 + HST

Post-Conference Workshops - February 26
Supervisor Responsibilities and Due Diligence
Managing Machine Safety

$149 + HST (1/2 day)
$199 + HST (1/2 day)

Volume Discounts

Registrations Discount
6 to 9 5%
10 to 15 10%
16 to 20 15%
21 or more 20%
Registrations must be made at the same time to be eligible. Registration rates include continental breakfast, keynote speakers, lunch and conference sessions. The early bird rate cannot be combined with any other discount or special offer. Volunteer, safety group, volume discounts and any other discounts or special offers cannot be combined.

We reserve the right to make venue and date changes with notice, speaker changes without notice and to cancel an event due to low registrations. No refunds or cancellations accepted after February 18, 2020. Substitutions welcome.

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