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DigiGirlz April 6, 2016: An exciting opportunity for high school girls to learn about careers in technology.

Microsoft Canada's Digigirlz 2016

I am thrilled and honored by Microsoft's invitation to participate as the opening keynote speaker at the 2016 Digigirlz event in Winnipeg as example of a female who is successful in the science and technology field. I look forward to kicking of the event and inspiring the girls to live their glorious potential! It's not in some of us, it's in all of us.

For the third year in a row, Microsoft Canada will be hosting their DigiGirlz event in Winnipeg. DigiGirlz aims to open the worlds of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to young women by showing them how accessible STEM fields are, and how far they can go with them in the future. It is a global program of 50+ multi-day and one-day camps held in multiple countries around the world. This is an exciting opportunity for high school girls to learn about careers in technology, talk with Microsoft employees about their life experiences and enjoy hands-on computer and technology workshops.

For more detailed information on what DigiGirlz is, and the types of activities the girls might participate in, please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/diversity/programs/digigirlz/. See below for more detailed information on this exciting opportunity.

Date: Wednesday April 6, 2016

Time: Registration starts at 8:00 am and the event ends at 5 pm

Place: Microsoft Winnipeg Office located at 360 Main Street, Winnipeg, MB, Suite 1150

Registration
There are 40 spots available this year for girls age 13 - 16. Interested girls can go to https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ehome/160968 to register.

Microsoft provides the day free of charge for the girls who attend and includes light breakfast, snack, and lunch.

Theo Heineman, CRSP
President & Founder: 1Life Workplace Safety Solutions Ltd.

 

Top Five Tips for Better New/Returning Worker Safety Orientations

Injured Young Worker

Spring has spring and that means new and returning workers for many organizations. Did you know that new workers have 5 to 7 times the risk of injury in the first 4 weeks of a new job? Seasonal work like construction, landscaping and hospitality typically has credible safety and health risks. A cornerstone to both a great experience for new employees and an incident free summer is a solid safety orientation. Here are 5 tips to a better orientation!

  1. Know the requirements. Check your local Workplace Safety legislation to see if there are specific requirements in your jurisdiction. The Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Regulation Part 2 explicitly identifies WHO requires an orientation and WHAT information all new and returning workers must receive. In Manitoba the following topics must be included:
      Compliance
    1. the employer's and worker's rights and responsibilities under the Act and applicable regulations
    2. the name and contact information of the new worker's supervisor
    3. the procedure for reporting safety concerns
    4. the procedure for exercising the right to refuse dangerous work
    5. contact information for the committee or the representative
    6. safe work procedures that apply to the work to be done by the worker
    7. the hazards to which the worker may be exposed and the control measures undertaken to protect the worker
    8. emergency procedures including the location of first aid facilities, means of summoning first aid and how to reporting illnesses and injuries
    9. identification of prohibited or restricted areas or activities
    10. any other matters that are necessary to ensure the safety and health of the worker while at work
  2. Develop a good checklist and require it to be filled out completely. A checklist helps systematize your orientation process and ensures that nothing important will be missed. A good Orientation Checklist should also include a place to record:
    1. The date of the orientation
    2. The name and signature of the person being orientated
    3. The name and signature of the person conducting the orientation
    4. Any other relevant information that was discussed
  3. Training and Development
  4. Ensure it’s delivered by a knowledgeable and interested person. Too many times Safety Orientations are skimmed over and/or delivered by a person who is “just getting the job done”. Worse, it’s provided by an external safety consultant. Remember that this is a PERSON with their well-being at stake. Orientations should be conducted by a person who understands the significance of Workplace Safety and Health to your people and the organization. Orientations must be specific to the workplace and ideally it is best if they are conducted by the new workers supervisor.
  5. Reinforce in the first 1 – 2 weeks on the job. Studies show that 90% of training is forgotten in 90 days. A solution to this is refresher training in the first one – two weeks. Make an effort to reinforce basic safety training in the first couple of weeks. This can be accomplished through regular safety talks or a good On–Line Orientation Training Program. Try our Manitoba Specific New and Returning Worker Orientation with no risk at mySafetyTraining.ca
  6. Test for learning and retention (and due diligence). Include a competency check that tests the key principles contained in your orientation program. Maintain records of all documentation including tests.

For a New and Returning Worker Orientation Safety Talk to Share with your Managers and Supervisors click here.

To save 50% off Spring On-Line Safety Training (Including New and Returning Worker Orientation) click here.

Do you have questions about your Safety Management? Contact us to schedule a no obligation consultation with a senior safety professional at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Have You Defined your Safety Non Negotiables?

Safety is Not Negotiable

Five workers employed by Metron Construction fell more than 100 feet to the ground when the swing stage they were working on suddenly collapsed. None of those workers was attached to a lifeline as required both by law and industry practice. Four workers died and the fifth was seriously injured.

Vadim Kazenelson, the project manager was found guilty of four counts of criminal negligence causing death and one count of criminal negligence causing bodily injury. On January 11, 2016, he was sentenced to a precedent setting three-and-a-half years in prison.

Court documents detail that “Mr. Kazenelson was on top of workplace issues, that he monitored what was going on and that he exercised his authority over workers when necessary. One worker testified that if Mr. Kazenelson had caught him working on a swing stage without being tied off to a lifeline he would have been fired.”

The project manager was with the workers at the time of the collapse. When he asked the supervisor about the absence of lifelines, the supervisor replied “don’t worry about it”. In this instance, the Project Manager did nothing to rectify the situation and enforce safety procedures. All the safety procedures and enforcement measures he had taken in the past were irrelevant to the dead workers and to the court.

DEFINE YOUR NON NEGOTIABLES

"It’s easier to be true to those non negotiables 100% of the time than 98% of the time. The 2% waiver factor can land businesses leaders in jail, cause divorces and family dysfunction."

- Dr. Moira Somers, C.Psych

STEPS TO TAKE TO EFFECTIVELY LEAD SAFETY IN YOUR WORKPLACE:

  1. Review your Critical Task list and define your ‘SAFETY NON NEGOTIABLES”. As the Metron Construction Manager found out, remember that it’s easier to be true to them 100% of the time than 98% of the time.
  2. Review and revise your Critical Safety Work Procedures accordingly.
  3. Ensure Supervisors have the proper training, experience and authority for the work being performed.
  4. Revisit your Disciplinary Action and Enforcement Policies and Procedures.
  5. Remember that workers don’t care so much what and how they are supposed to “do stuff”; they care WHY they are supposed to do it. Train the WHY, Train the WHY, Train the WHY. (We care about you and you must go home at the end of the day to your family).

DO YOU NEED HELP WITH YOUR SAFETY MANAGEMENT?
CONTACT 1LIFE TO SCHEDULE A NO OBLIGATION CONSULTATION
WITH A SAFETY PROFESSIONAL TODAY!
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Safety Leadership Event of the Year: Recognizing the important of effective workplace safety management for all Manitoba employers, The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce in partnership with 1Life Workplace Safety & Health present Safety Leadership: Effective Safety & Health Risk Management.

Norm Keith, LLM CRSP, Partner, Fasken Martineau, Canada’s leading OHS defence lawyer, will cover the essential aspects of the Metron case, and provide recommendations to use in your organization to not only avoid a similar tragedy, but to help foster your organizations’ safety performance.

For more information on this MUST ATTEND event,
please visit the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce website.

 

New Webinar Series: How to use the Newest Mobile App to Take Total Control of Workplace Safety and More!

Using Technology to Increase Safety Performance AND Decrease Costs

Safety Technology Webinar

February 25th, & March 16th, 2016 – 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

See the newest Mobile App providing greater control of workplace safety while keeping it simple and eliminating paper and processing time!
Learn how you can use the latest technology to increase the competency of workers, create clear management systems and make faster, fact based decisions from the front line to the boardroom.
Through a real time view on safety management you are enabled to pro-actively protect employees, reduce business risk, and use improved safety performance as your competitive advantage. We look forward to meeting you on the webinar!

Feb:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7005666251926159106

Mar:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1072093478516731906


WCB Rates Webinar

WCB Claims Management With the New Rate Setting Model

March 15th, 2016 – 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Facilitated by personnel from the Workers Compensation Board.
Learn about the New WCB Rate Setting Model, its impact on your business and your rights and responsibilities when dealing with WCB.

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5621310743037954818


WHMIS 2015 GHS Webinar

WHMIS 2015: Are You Ready?

March 22nd, 2016 – 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Canada has aligned the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The WHMIS 2015 legislation is currently in force.
Learn the responsibilities of all workplace parties, training requirements, who needs to be trained, what must be covered during training and more.

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8130162081646117378


Take Safety to the Bank Webinar

Take Safety to the Bank

April 5th, 2016 – 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Today, generative (or enlightened) corporations recognize that effective Safety Management Systems (or lack thereof) result in a significant impact on organizational performance including the bottom line. They are leveraging these systems to grow and sustain their organizations by using it as a competitive advantage to hire and retain top talent, increase profits and build a solid reputation with stakeholders.

In this webinar you will discover:

  • How to leverage Safety Management to be a competitive advantage in comparison to those that don’t.
  • Why “compliance” driven safety never works and why.
  • How to get compliance and make more profits at the same time.
  • Without these critical building blocks your safety system won’t work.
  • The top 3 ways most organizations waste a colossal amount of time, money and resources and how to avoid these pitfalls.

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7159885951087308034

 

 

REAL REMINDERS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF WORKER SAFETY!

Construction Manager to Serve Jail Time for Worker Deaths.

Metron Construction Tragedy

Ongoing decisions from the Metron Construction tragedy continue to set precedents in Canadian health and safety law.

Near the end of the working day on Christmas Eve 2009, six workers were on a swing stage when it collapsed. With only two safety harnesses with a lanyard attached to serve as fall protection equipment, four workers fell to their deaths. The men ranged from 21 to 40 years old.

In September 2013, the company was convicted under the criminal code (Bill C-45). They were fined $750,000 for the actions of a dead supervisor after the court held that the supervisor fell within the definitions of representative and senior officer. Further, this decision set a precedent that sentencing courts can impose sentences that threaten the viability of corporations. In December 2014 the company that supplied the swing stage was fined a total of $400,000.

Most recently, the project manager who sent his workers up 13 stories in the swing stage without fall protection systems in place was found guilty of four counts of criminal negligence causing death and faces jail time. He is expected to be sentenced in early 2016.

Safety Legislation

Bill C-45 is federal legislation that amended the Canadian Criminal Code and became law on March 31, 2004. The Bill established new legal duties for workplace health and safety, and imposed serious penalties for violations that result in injuries or death. The Bill provided new rules for attributing criminal liability to organizations, including corporations, their representatives and those who direct the work of others.

Join 1Life Workplace Safety & Health and the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce on March 1, 2016 for a special event!

Safety Leadership: Lessons Learned from Metron Construction and How to Apply Them for Increased Safety Performance in Your Organization.

Visit: www.mbChamber.mb.ca or Click Here to register!