Safety Program

For occupational health and safety professionals, safety committees, and anyone tasked with safety management, Make It Safe delivers advice from global experts on supporting people in crisis, with a focus on workplace wellness in the recovery.

​Join us for the opening general session of Make It Safe 2020 on the conference Stage. Welcome to Make It Safe, everyone. Together, we can build safer workplaces in the new normal and emerge stronger in the recovery.

30min

Panel
Speakers
Emily Newhouse
Lisa McGuire
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Part 1 of a two-part seminar.

Understand the role the JHSC can play to support both a healthy organization and healthy people. 

Part 1 of this two-part seminar spotlights what makes a resilient person. Explore and identify self-improvement and wellness opportunities to support both organizational and personal growth.

Part 2 shows you how the Joint Health and Safety Committee can support areas of the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the workplace using their current OH&S practices. 

120min

Breakout Seminar
Speakers
Lucette Wesley
Stephanie Lawrence
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What is the role of the JHSC or Worker Representative in a crisis situation like the COVID-19 pandemic? 

In this session, hear from the safety committee chairs of four manufacturing organizations about the role their committees have played in their response to the pandemic, and opportunities to leverage the safety committee effectively in any crisis.

60min

Panel
Speakers
Dylan Eldred
Neal Curry
Stephane Gallant
Stephen Richard
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​Questions about health and safety regulatory requirements, prevention services, claims management, training, or support for BC employers? In this Ask Me Anything style session, experts from WorkSafeBC and the Ministry of Labour Employers' Advisers Office will be on hand to answer.

Jose Barranco and Steven Hodgins bring many years of specific expertise in health and safety, and can connect you with the information and services you need to support your business. Bring your questions!




45min

Coffee Talk
Speakers
Jose Barranco
Steven Hodgins
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In this international keynote panel, four manufacturing executives share the pandemic experiences and challenges they have faced in their companies around the world. Learn from their experiences and insights.

Hear their perspectives and ask questions directly about:

  • Critical decisions and changes in their businesses;
  • Supporting teams and company culture through the crisis;
  • How the pandemic has changed their approach to leadership; and
  • Essential leadership qualities and critical actions to emerge stronger in the recovery

90min

Panel
Speakers
Dan Reader
Franco Dutto
Gretta Stephens
Lisa McGuire
Michelle Garner-Janna
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​Part 1 of a two-part seminar.
Musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs) are among the leading causes of lost time and productivity for businesses—and persistent and sometimes debilitating pain for workers. Prevention starts with thoughtful design (or redesign) of workspaces and processes.

Participatory ergonomics actively involves workers and other stakeholders in this process to  improve productivity and reduce risks to safety and health. Effectively implemented Participatory Ergonomics programs are not only associated with positive health outcomes, but also result in measurable reductions in MSI-related symptoms and injuries, workers’ compensation claims, and lost days.

This interactive workshop introduces practical strategies for involving workers in identifying issues and designing solutions. In this "hands-on" virtual workshop:
  • Understand what a participatory ergonomics program entails and how effective it can be to control MSIs.
  • Recognize the value in an evidence-based approach for implementing such program.
  • Learn the key considerations in building a PE program
This workshop is appropriate for managers, supervisors, safety committee members, senior leaders, strategists, and worker representatives.

120min

Breakout Seminar
Speaker
Era Poddar
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What has the industry learned from COVID-19 that may require changes or enhancements to your exposure control plan? 

In this session, industrial hygienist and AIHA board member Bernard Fontaine, Jr. shares key lessons learned from companies in a variety of industries and actionable steps to develop or improve your exposure control plan.

60min

Round table
Speaker
Bernard L. Fontaine, Jr.
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British Columbia Deputy Minister of Labour Trevor Hughes joins Make It Safe Friday morning to open Day 2 of the conference.​Tune into the Stage to hear Mr. Hughes' remarks and a brief introduction to the day's events. 

0min

Panel
Speakers
Lisa McGuire
Trevor Hughes
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Part 2 of a two-part seminar.

Understand the role the JHSC can play to support both a healthy organization and healthy people. 

Part 1 of this two-part seminar spotlights what makes a resilient person. Explore and identify self-improvement and wellness opportunities to support both organizational and personal growth.

Part 2 shows you how the Joint Health and Safety Committee can support areas of the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the workplace using their current OH&S practices. 

120min

Breakout Seminar
Speakers
Lucette Wesley
Stephanie Lawrence
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Manufacturers are solving a growing range of problems through robotics and automation—increasing productivity and automating risk-laden tasks. But any change in the production process can introduce a new set of risks.

In this session, we look at some of those new risks and the implications for machine guarding:

  • Discover how modern technologies make machinery safe
  • Learn the various means to achieve safe industrial robot applications
  • Find out how digital data technology and AI may affect the safety of machinery
  • ... and rethink safety as an embedded feature that increases productivity.

60min

Breakout Seminar
Speaker
Otto Görnemann
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What can we learn about how we think about and teach safety from an analysis of 31,000 front-line worker safety reports?
By gathering more safety data (incidents, near misses, safety observations, operational failures) and processing it by using artificial intelligence, many organisations believe they can predict and ultimately prevent the next big accident. Is this realistic?
In an ethnographic study of 31,000 safety reports from front-line workers (part of a project funded by the Oil and Gas Technology Centre of the UK), we set out to:
  • Identify common issues that impede learning across safety critical industries
  • Develop a practical framework for business leaders to create a learning environment
  • Understand how to align workers’ experience and knowledge with business goals and strategies
As we redefine health and safety in the uncertainty of a post-COVID world, what do we need to adjust in our reporting and learning environments to connect operational experience with business goals, strategies, and performance?

60min

Breakout Seminar
Speaker
Dr. Nippin Anand
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In this keynote session, we have invited a panel of international experts to share insights, helping make sense of the changing and sometimes controversial sea of information about COVID-19.

  • Find out what we are still learning about the virus, and emerging recommendations around transmission and effective controls. 
  • Understand the anxiety and mental health impacts and how our understanding of workplace wellness is changing through the pandemic.
  • Get clarity into what we are learning about the virus, immunity, and vaccines.
  • Learn key considerations to protect our businesses and our most vulnerable workers.
  • And discover important lessons we're learning about crisis communications within our organizations and with our clients.



90min

Panel
Speakers
Andrew Szeto
Gerry Eijkemans
Marc Schenker
Max Lum
Steve Horvath
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​In Canada and around the world, the wide range of standard certifications and qualifications for occupational health and safety professionals in v​arious industries create inconsistency and gaps in the evolving health and safety needs of our businesses.

In a multi-year research and consultation project, the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC and provincial and industry partners have been working to identify the core OHS competencies and capabilities needed to meet the health and safety needs of manufacturing companies. In this session, hear from experts in education and industry on this work and discuss the impact on future OHS training and assessment programs, professional skills and certifications, and adoption by the manufacturing industry. 

60min

Panel
Speakers
Lisa McGuire
Paul Carolan
Scott Bax
Wayne Tebb
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Part 2 of a two-part seminar. 
Musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs) are among the leading causes of lost time and productivity for businesses—and persistent and sometimes debilitating pain for workers. Prevention starts with thoughtful design (or redesign) of workspaces and processes. 

Participatory ergonomics actively involves workers and other stakeholders in this process to  improve productivity and reduce risks to safety and health. Effectively implemented Participatory Ergonomics programs are not only associated with positive health outcomes, but also result in measurable reductions in MSI-related symptoms and injuries, workers’ compensation claims, and lost days.

This interactive workshop introduces practical strategies for involving workers in identifying issues and designing solutions. In this "hands-on" virtual workshop:

  • Understand what a participatory ergonomics program entails and how effective it can be to control MSIs.
  • Recognize the value in an evidence-based approach for implementing such program.
  • Learn the key considerations in building a PE program
This workshop is appropriate for managers, supervisors, safety committee members, senior leaders, strategists, and worker representatives.

120min

Breakout Seminar
Speaker
Era Poddar
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​Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC CEO Lisa McGuire closes the conference. Thank you for attending Make It Safe 2020!

10min

Panel
Speaker
Lisa McGuire
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