Over 50 safety practitioners, supervisors, managers, regulators and union representatives from northern Manitoba participated in a two-day workshop at the Kikiwak Inn November 13th and 14th.
The Northern Manitoba Sector Council (NMSC) is an industry association that helps develop a world class workforce in northern Manitoba.
“We’ve seen a real need for safety training in the North. We have unique needs and accessing training can sometimes be a challenge. This is an opportunity to become more efficient in the workplace and work better together to protect our workers,” said Doug Lauvstad, Executive Director of the NMSC.
The event is a follow-up to a summit that was held in March, which was the first step in developing an effective, coordinated safety training initiative that serves the needs of large and small employers throughout the region.
Conference leader Barrie Simoneau said: “Bringing all of these professionals together in one room, and getting them to share their ideas and best practices is invaluable. Everyone can use what they learned from this conference in their workplace to help build and enhance a strong safety culture together.”
Participants heard about the Safety and Health Act and Regulations from the provincial government as well as the Workers Compensation Board. They added more information to their safety toolbox and were part of team building exercises on risk management and hazard mitigation.
“I found the past two days to be very beneficial and informative. Being a firefighter, we often don’t think of safety the same way as most occupations. I am now more aware of the hazards that I’m around everyday and have learned how to better assess and manage them. This means that my co-workers and I will maintain a safer work
environment. Returning to work with this knowledge will allow me to lead by example and ensure the safety of myself, my co-workers and the community we serve,” said Carmen Ready, firefighter from the City of Thompson.
For more information on this workshop or the Northern Manitoba Sector Council, please visit www.nmscouncil.ca or call 204-627-8511.