Good Safety Blogs & Online Magazines (Part II)

Safety Blogs

We promised to feature more of our favourite safety blogs, online magazines and other internet resources, and true to our word, here they are! We hope they help you find reliable safety-based information to help you prepare and plan for a safer workplace in the coming year.

1. As a resource, I recommend the Electronic Library of Construction Occupational Safety and Health. This is not a blog or magazine, per se, but it is a fascinating and comprehensive construction resource filled with everything you could possibly want to know. It is sponsored by The Centre for Construction Research and Training.

Divided into three categories, Hazards, Trades and Jobsites, you’ll find PowerPoint’s and Presentations, pictures, podcasts & audio and videos, plus toolbox talks, training materials, handouts and research reports. There’s also a section called “What’s New.” Related links are mostly American with a few European references and there are some intriguing links that might give you helpful info.

2. The Canadian Occupational and Safety Magazine is a leading online magazine/resource covering all aspects of workplace safety in Canada. Wide-ranging in scope, Editor Mari-Len De Guzman has assembled an excellent stable of freelance reporters and writers covering the latest occupational safety related news and views. As well, she has an archive of videos on training, safety management, OHS Regulations, Personal Protection and other subjects vital to all employers.

This is a site that has so much to offer, including webinars and a subscriber newsletter, plus surveys from the COS Reader Panel on all aspects of workplace health safety issues and concerns.

3. Dave Weber of Safety Awakenings has an active LinkedIn group called Free Safety Workplace Resources for anyone working in construction and interested in safety on the job. This group is one of the most popular and fast growing online. LinkedIn is a powerful resource for professionals. Weber has quickly built up a following of more than 1,000 people with valuable safety related knowledge to share in many on going discussions. For LinkedIn users, this is a group to join.

Two more LinkedIn Groups are worth mentioning.

4. The Canadian Society of Safety Engineering

5. The Construction Health and Safety Group

LinkedIn Groups is a powerful resource. Joining a LinkedIn group can result in benefitting from the experiences and wisdom of a variety of members. It’s a great place to ask questions and initiate discussions of specific problems. .

Both these groups focus strongly on construction safety and many members are anxious to participate in discussions. By posting questions and getting involved in other members’ discussions, you’ll get a lot out of these groups. Even just observing the action is highly instructional and informative.

We know there are a lot more great blogs and online resources out there and we’d love to hear from you about yours. So please share it (and the link) with us. The more we can learn from you the better we’ll all be.

Have a Happy and Safe New Year.


Good Safety Blogs & Online Magazines (Part I)

Photograph by Dave Weber

Photograph by Dave Weber

Online information about construction and safety – blogs, online magazines and LinkedIn sites – can overwhelm you. It’s a vast community where there are so many choices. Some are better than others. How do you know where to find the best, most reliable, accurate, up-to-date information that suits your specific needs?

As the year draws to a close, we thought we’d share some of our favourite sites where we know the information is solid and sound.

1. Alberta-based safety consultant and author Alan D. Quilley CRSP hosts Safety Results, “a place to discuss safety results and how to create it.” This is one of the most useful, practical and entertaining construction safety blogs I’ve encountered. It’s filled with videos, cartoons, pictures, advice and nuggets of information to help you re-think your approach to safety and help you create a “safety culture” at work.

Quilley is a knowledgeable and reliable safety expert and consultant who designs and manages safety programs for corporations all over North America. He’s written three books, including the bestselling The Emperor Has No Hard Hat, Achieving Real Workplace Safety Results. He’s informative, enlightening and best of all, he has a terrific sense of humour. In fact, the writers for the Seton videos have, on more than one occasion, consulted with Quilley and tapped into his sense of humour – as well as his vast knowledge.

2. Safety Awakenings is a comprehensive and popular online magazine where owner Dave Weber, CSP posts and shares a virtual encyclopedia of resources to help you train your workforce and run a safe organization – and he’s always right on the money. Besides his short, daily, timely posts, like “100 Winter Safety Resources,” you’ll find hundreds of Tool Box Safety Talks, loads of training Power Points and videos, safety Apps, and solutions to construction problems you’re bound to encounter.

Ask him a question and he’ll respond quickly. One reader chose Safety Awakenings as his all-time favourite. “I like Safety Awakenings,” he said. “It has a large collection of helpful materials that you can go to when you need something urgently.”  Besides running this blog, Dave Weber is a superb photographer and his nature photos illustrate this blog. He generously contributed the photograph that illustrates this story. Please contact him if you would like to purchase either a photographic print or a license to use any of his images.

3. Modern Safety is the blog of – “safety made simple.” Timely frequent posts include videos and short tidbits of information that zero-in on specific solutions related to Inspection and Safety Compliance Management. Posts are practical, with good links to other helpful sources including news reports. Fully involved in all social media, you can easily comment or share on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

4. WCB Workers’ Compensation Board Alberta WorkSIGHT MAGAZINE is a spectacular-looking online PDF magazine featuring hard-hitting, practical construction safety stories that really pack a punch. For example, in “Message in a Bottle,” the Alberta Beverage Container Recycling Corporation (ABCRC) demonstrates how it dramatically reversed its previously high time loss injury claim rate by developing a sound health and safety program and following through with it.

Here’s what President Guy West says, “Without a doubt, we would not have achieved what we did without the willingness of our employees to buy-in to a health and safety environment. I would say take your time and develop a safety plan that best suits your company and your employees. Understand that results take time, but you can get there. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Finally, there is one thing we should all think about and that is that at the end of the day employees want to go home to their families injury-free.” Every story in this magazine is worth reading.

5. Reporting on the Canadian Construction Industry, Daily Commercial News  has a special section on Occupational Health and Safety and it’s a must- read. This daily is an important news source if you’re in any aspect of construction, including steel, concrete, demolition, road building, water & wastewater, green building, sewer & water main, heavy equipment and skills training.

Straightforward, informative articles will keep you up to date on all major news stories related to Canada’s construction industry and all its sectors. It’s easy to navigate and necessary for the occupational health and safety of your workers and for an overview of your field.

But with so many great resources out there, we couldn’t stop at just five, so please check back on Thursday for part II of our spotlight on some of the blogs, magazines and Linkedin groups we couldn’t be without.

Promoting Safety With An Aging Workforce

Promoting Safety With An Ageing WorkforceWalk onto any construction site and you’ll see workers of all ages – from young workers in their late teens to workers well into their 60s.

People are working longer and retiring later. This is creating a dramatic generation divide between workers. And it has profound implications in terms of worker safety and occupational health.  There are benefits – and there are potential dangers.

Recently I interviewed Harvard-trained economist and Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Toronto, David Foot, the outspoken and controversial expert on demographics and how they impact economic change. He is the author of the landmark Boom, Bust & Echo and several other books on demographics. Here’s what he said about how older workers are changing the face of the workplace today and why.

“There are simply more workers who are 55-plus than ever before and they may be working longer. With a rising life expectancy, two years per decade, that means a 55-year-old today is like a 44-year-old, so their health is not like your parents at that age,” Foot said. “My understanding is that older workers are less likely to be injured on the job because they have lots more experience, but if they are injured, it is usually more serious and they are off work longer.”

This trend is reflected in a statistical study published in 2011 by WorksafeBC that focuses on older workers and gives explicit statistical details about types of accidents and the age groups they affect.

Calgary-based Colin Steadman, NSCO and Senior Safety Advisor for Southern Alberta at the Alberta Construction Safety Association agrees. “We’ve got a labour shortage in Alberta,” he says. (This shortage is reflected in major centres across Canada, according to the Canadian Construction Association.)

Older workers are staying on construction sites longer, maybe because they don’t want to retire or can’t afford to retire, Steadman says. It’s not uncommon for older workers “to forget that they’re not 18 anymore.”

Steadman remembers an older worker who thought he could correct a problem with a machine while it was still running. “He lost a finger,” he said. “Young workers think they’re invincible and older workers can fall back on that mentality because they could get away with it 30 years ago.”

While older workers may lose some of the physical capacities as they get older, other functions improve with age – strategic thinking, sharp-wittedness, wisdom, considerateness and ability to rationalize, according to Promoting active aging in the workplace, a 2012 report from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work.

Older workers are “incredibly valuable on construction sites,” Steadman says. “They’ve seen and experienced injuries and are great mentors and trainers for younger workers. With their 30-40 years of experience, they can teach younger workers with their wealth of knowledge. They’ve experienced it, lost fingers, fallen off roofs and broken backs.”

The best way to train workers of all ages is to get them together so they can learn interactively, he says. “If you want to teach workers how to wear fall protection equipment, give it to them. Then make sure they know how to wear it. Show them how to use it, how to clean it and make sure it fits properly.”

“Hands-on learning really makes the difference and the older workers can mentor the younger workers,” he says.

He adds that part of your on the job safety strategy for workers of all ages should be:

a)    Slow down
b)    If you need extra equipment, ask for it
c)    If you need extra help, ask for it

Because of their experience and know-how, older workers may have fewer injuries than younger workers, “but their recovery time is longer, they’re not as strong and healthy, so their body’s ability to fix itself isn’t as good, their injuries could be more disabling and time off is longer,” says Steadman.

It’s vital that employers and managers keep a close eye on their workers “to ensure workers of all ages are working well,” he says. “Managers must be active and engaged with their workers, not sitting in an office somewhere. They’ve got to get out on the site to see what’s going on.”

Workplace Bullying: A Silent Epidemic

Work Bully

Bullying is as toxic in the workplace as it is on the schoolyard. Considered a “silent epidemic,” workplace bullying is a critical safety, occupational and public health concern. Some businesses are beginning to acknowledge its dangers, but many deny it though it’s illegal in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Quebec and soon will be in British Columbia.

Bullying Awareness Week (November 12-17) is a good opportunity to start the conversation around workplace bullying. Left to fester, it causes stress related health issues in almost half of its victims and costs companies their reputations and sometimes their best employees.

Bullying also causes distractions and anxiety that put jobsite workers and others at risk and hurts the bottom line.

Bullying is learned behaviour and often people who were bullied become bullies. The competitive culture of many businesses can also fuel bullying.

A bully is a supervisor or boss, a worker or a group of workers who feel a desperate need to take control of one person by repetitive, harmful, non-physical, covert and deliberate mistreatment. This focused attack against one person, the target, is a form of psychological violence and according to the Canadian Safety Council one in six workers has been bullied.

It can be hard to recognize workplace bullying or know if you’re a target of bullying.

Here are 10 examples of workplace bullying:

  1.   Spreading malicious rumours and gossip
  2.   Physically abusing or threatening abuse
  3.   Intimidation
  4.   Withholding necessary information or purposefully giving false information
  5.   Constantly criticizing
  6.   Unwarranted or undeserved punishment
  7.   Undermining or deliberately impeding a person’s work
  8.   Insulting, swearing or shouting at a person when others can witness it or, conversely, when no one else will witness it so that the behavior is plausibly deniable.
  9.   Socially excluding or isolating someone
  10. Treating one worker differently than others and expected him to work longer hours

Are you being bullied?

If you’re repeatedly experiencing any of these abuses from one particular supervisor, manager, co-worker or group of co-workers, you may be the target of bullying.

A target tends to be anyone who poses a threat to the basically insecure bully, who is more technically skilled and experienced than the bully, for example, or better liked, more independent and non-confrontational – someone perceived to be less powerful or in a weaker position.

Being bullied can result in the target’s lost productivity, absenteeism and financial problems and increased stress levels, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

If nothing is done to stop this bullying, the target can lose his self-esteem, suffer musculoskeletal problems, sleep and digestive disturbances, depression, and family tension and stress. Flourishing in a hostile environment of denial, secrecy, ignorance and fear, in many cases, bullying results in the person targeted quitting his job.

What do you do if you think you are being bullied?

  1. Talk about it with your friends, family and any co-workers you can trust
  2. Start keeping a detailed journal of every bullying incident, including date, location, time, nature of the experience, your feelings and any action you take
  3. You can take informal personal action by informing the bully that his behaviour is unacceptable, but if you do, be sure to have a witness, friend or union rep with you.
  4. Formal action is reporting the incidents in writing to a senior manager or human resources personnel.

Ultimately, bullying will only stop if employers recognize its existence and begin to change the company culture enabling it.

Here’s what employers must do:

They must ensure their supervisors and managers are not bullies by building “anti-bullying priorities” into hiring practices, advises Aaron Schat of McMaster University’s DeGroot School of Business.

  1. They must create zero-tolerance policies for workplace bullying with full commitment and support from senior management.
  2. When a bullying complaint is filed, they must treat it seriously and act on it quickly.
  3. Gather evidence from workers who may have witnessed a bullying incident.
  4. They must fully embrace the fact that bullying in the workplace is bad for business and for the morale of all workers and act accordingly
  5. They must not reward the bully but instead those who have the courage to step forward and those who step up and refuse to be a bystander when they see bullying happen.

Have you experienced workplace bullying or witnessed it? Talking about it is the first step in stopping it. Share your story. You could really make a difference.

Construction Safety: Changes Prompt Action

Fall Protection and Prevention
Falls on construction sites are the leading cause of injuries and fatalities, a steady trend that isn’t likely to change as Canada’s construction sector grows to become the 5th largest in the world over the next decade.

In Ontario, an average Workers Safety Insurance Board claim for a workplace fall is $11,771. Factor in lost productivity and staff replacement, and the cost can quadruple to approximately $59,000 per injury.

There are two factors in the fall safety equation, fall prevention and fall protection.

  • Fall prevention stops workers from falling
  • Fall protection minimizes the impact of a fall

Provinces across the country are taking a hardline, tough love approach to construction safety and particularly fall prevention and protection.

Workers who don’t wear their personal protective equipment on site are subject to legal charges and steep fines even if no accident or injury occurs.

But does this approach really work? Time will tell but safety advisors say that changes in the industry required immediate action.

Dean Guthrie, a safety advisor specializing in fall prevention at the Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association in Saskatoon visits construction sites regularly to instruct and motivate supervisors and workers to adhere to the provincial safety regulations. “You wouldn’t believe how many times I go onto a construction site and see a dozen or more workers not wearing any basic personal protective equipment at all,” he said in a recent telephone interview.

“Part of the reason is that the nature of the industry is changing and growing. We have more workers, younger workers and inexperienced workers in high risk jobs, working at heights with a general lack of awareness of the dangers,” he said.

The change in the industry has also created a change in the relationship between workers and employers over the past few years, according to McMaster University’s Wayne Lewchuk, a professor of School of Labour Studies & Department of Economics.

“Workers are in short supply and companies are relying increasingly on temporary work agencies and short-term contracts to seek out workers,” he said. “This short-term relationship is creating vulnerability among workers as they find themselves often feeling powerless to raise concerns about workplace health and safety issues.”

None of this changes the basics. Management is still required by law to have a safety plan in place to address construction site falls:

  • Develop, implement and commit to a fall protection program
  • Provide on the job training for your workers on fall prevention and protection
  • Evaluate your program on a regular basis to insure its effectiveness and determine whether it needs to be changed or updated

But no amount of policy is worth anything unless it’s followed. The fact is, too many workers are hurt or killed in “avoidable” falls on construction sites because they don’t wear basic protective equipment, like fall arrest equipment.

We’re all in this together. What have you tried on your jobsite that has improved fall prevention or protection compliance?








Seton Safety Canada

Photo by Dennis Chui.

If you haven’t registered yet for the 13th annual Buildex Calgary, Alberta’s largest, most expansive Trade Show and Conference, you’ll want to right away.

This is one of the best shows to get up close and personal with some of the newest developments in construction technologies and the latest building trends to help you improve your cost-efficiency and increase your productivity – safely.

When: Tuesday, November 7 and Wednesday November 8
Where: The BMO Centre in Calgary’s Stampede Park
Who: All professionals working in Construction & Renovation, Interior Design & Architecture and Property Management

With more than 4,000 people attending, Show Director Paul Maryschak says this year’s Buildex Calgary will be a great place to network with a vast pool of industry leaders, experts and your professional peers.

“Our theme is Network. Educate. Discover,” he said. There will be more than 225 exhibitors and 35 seminars. “Everyone attending will be able meet and learn from each other and from the industry innovators. New and old suppliers will have new things to share.”

Hard pressed to pick just three, Maryschak says there are a number of top notch seminars that address various critical construction, occupational health and workplace safety issues, including

Emergency Response Planning: Realities of Planning for a Worksite Emergency

Learn to create an effective workplace emergency response plan from Senior Safety Advisor Colin Steadman of the Alberta Construction Safety Association.

An award winning safety specialist, Steadman will compare Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Legislation and current Provincial levels of emergency preparedness to show you how to improve your workplace safety program.

Fire Protection of Adjacent Buildings During Construction

A panel of four experts, including Senior Safety Advisor Colin Steadman, will discuss fire safety on or near construction sites in relation to 2006 Fire Code requirements:

  • Incidences and types of fire and fire loss on construction sites
  • Training and education processes currently in development by the Alberta Construction Safety Association and Alberta Municipal Affairs
  • Compliance approaches used by Alberta’s Fire Safety Codes Officers
  • Proposed changes to National and Alberta Fire Codes.

Asbestos!!? What You Should Know Before You Start

Be prepared and prevent workplace injuries.

Learn everything you need to know and more about asbestos, this all too common hazardous material found in “every nook and cranny, in residential, commercial and industrial settings,” during construction, demolition and renovation jobs.

Environmental Technologist John MacDonald examines materials, testing, procedures and legalities you need to consider before you start your job.

Early Birds Get The Perks…

Register by October 17, the early bird deadline, and you’ll receive free lunch, discounted seminar rates and more time to network and visit exhibits of new and green products because you’ll receive your badge in the mail.

And send us a comment on what you thought of the 2012 Buildex Calgary.


CIPHEX West 2012

Seton Canada

Mark November 7 and 8 in your calendar for CIPHEX West, Western Canada’s largest exhibition for plumbing, hydronics, HVACR and water treatment.

For anyone who works in the field of water and energy management, this tradeshow is not to be missed.

Date: Wednesday, November 7 & Thursday, November 8
Place: Vancouver Convention Centre
Visitors Include: Construction builders, contractors, developers, engineers, installers, technicians, purchasers, sales reps, designers, wholesalers, plus government and municipal representatives

There are four guiding principals behind this year’s show:

Think Smart Technologies.
Think Efficiency.
Think Conservation.
Think Solutions.

“Manufacturers are making technologically smarter, more water conserving and energy efficient products,” commented Ralph Suppa, President and General Manager of the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating. “Installing these options provides simple and elegant solutions to efficiently maintain, manage, or enhance the comfort inside the building envelope.”

You’ll get a sneak a preview of the most exciting emerging technologies in a Gallery of New Products that’s bigger and better than ever before.

But that’s not all.Seton Safety

CIPHEX West will feature displays from more than 250 manufacturers of plumbing, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration, geothermal heating, solar/hydronic combi-systems, fire protection, industrial pipe, valve and fittings, luxury bath and kitchen as well as water treatment products from Canada, the United States and overseas.

This is your best chance to see and size up the newest equipment and technology that’s been designed to meet your needs and help you deliver “smart technologies” to your customers.

Plus, it’s a great opportunity to speak to the innovators who developed all these efficient solutions.

Need more incentive?  No problem.

  • You can register free online now. After November 5, a Trade Show badge costs $20.
  • Avoid line-ups and register before October 17 and receive your CIPHEX West badge in the mail.
  • Your badge   gives you unlimited access for both days of the show and free admission to most seminars.

Swing by the Seton booth (booth 527) to say hi, tell us what you think of the show, and what stories you’d like us to cover on to make your life easier.

See you there!





Eyewear Safety – Emergency Action For Injuries

Eye Safety
Eyewear safety must always be a top priority.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, construction workers have one of the highest eye injury rates, so it’s important they have the proper eyewear safety equipment.  Wearing the appropriate, well-fitting and comfortable PPE can prevent eye fatigue and headaches and other common and more serious eye injuries caused by the following:

  • Scrap materials, waste, and windblown dust
  • Flying material particles or slivers from wood, metal, plastic, and cement
  • Chemicals or chemical products
  • Falling or misdirected objects
  • UV light from welding torches

Here’s what to do to improve eyewear safety: In case of the following eye injuries or incidents according to the National Eye Institute and other health and safety agencies. Be sure there are clean eye wash stations, eye wash solutions and a first aid kit easily accessible.

Specks in the Eye

  • Do not rub the eye.
  • Flush the eye with large amounts of water.
  • See a doctor if the speck does not wash out or if pain or redness continues.

Cuts, Punctures, and Foreign Objects in the Eye

  • Do not wash out the eye.
  • Do not try to remove a foreign object stuck in the eye.
  • Seek immediate medical attention.

Chemical Burns

  • Immediately flush the eye with water or any drinkable liquid. Open the eye as wide as possible. Continue flushing for at least 15 minutes. For caustic or basic solutions, continue
flushing while on the way to medical care.
  • If a contact lens is in the eye, begin flushing over the lens immediately. Flushing may dislodge the lens.
  • Seek immediate medical attention.

Eyewear SafetyBlows to the Eye

  • Apply a cold compress without pressure, or tape crushed ice in a plastic bag to the forehead and allow it to rest gently on the injured eye.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if pain continues, if vision is reduced, or if blood or discoloration appears in the eye.


Eye Injuries At Work

Safety Eye

Every day, there are more than 200 eye injuries at work in Canada.

Construction workers have one of the highest eye injury rates.

According to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, 90% of these injuries are preventable.

So, what’s wrong? What’s causing so many workplace eye injuries?

Be Proactive – Prevent Eye Injuries At Work

Warren Spires, National Director of the CNIB’s Eye Safety Program, says you have to take a proactive approach to improving eye safety at work.

Here are the 9 most common causes of eye injuries at work:

  1. Flying objects – bits of metal, nails, glass, stone or wood
  2. Unsafe handling of tools
  3. Particles such as sand and sawdust
  4. Chemical splashes
  5. Radiation
  6. Sparks and slag from welding and cutting
  7. Pipes and wire sticking out of walls
  8. Objects hanging from ceilings
  9. Sun and wind

Among those, the most common are sharp objects, metal or nails, according to an August 2012 study by CNIB senior researcher Dr. Keith Gordon in the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology.

The Most Serious Eye Injuries Cause Vision Loss

Hammering on metal can send metal slivers flying or something as simple as a rebounding nail are the most serious eye injuries. They can result in vision loss.

“Everyone has to be educated about how to wear the right eye protection for each specific job. Different jobs demand different types of eye protection,” Spires says.

“That means managers, supervisors, workers – everyone on site. People have to be reminded on a day-to-day basis to think eye safety.”

But education has to be effective. On-the-job training and constant supervision really makes the difference, says Spires.

If a senior manager or supervisor comes onto a work site not wearing any eye protection at all because it’s not required, Spires says that undermines any educational safety message workers are given. It shows them that eye safety isn’t important or valuable.

“You have to walk the walk,” Spires says. “Everybody has to be accountable for their eye safety, at work, at play and at home.”

It depends on the situation and all equipment, whether it’s safety glasses, goggles, shields or helmets must be CSA approved and appropriate to the job specifications, he says.

The most common reason workers give for not wearing PPE is“I didn’t think I needed it.”

On a construction site, where the environment can change from minute to minute, workers, especially young workers, have to be shown what Personal Protective Eyewear is demanded – and supervised.

“Humans don’t know what they don’t know,” is a universal truth for Alberta-based safety consultant Alan Quilley of Safety Results.

Eliminate Hazards And Risks At Work

Eye protection is a critical in maintaining your workers eye health. Equally important is eliminating risk factors and hazards and preventing injuries.

Do you have a sound emergency plan in place in case of an accident?

Do you know where your first aid kit is? Or what hospital to call?

What steps are you taking to make ensure your workers eye safety?

Why not leave a comment and share some of your eye safety strategies.












Expert Council To Advise On Workplace Safety

Workplace Safety

Ontario’s new Chief Prevention Officer George Gritziotis has a mammoth task in transforming the workplace safety culture of the province’s labour pool, but he’s not alone.

Gritziotis was founding executive director of the Construction Sector Council in 2001 before becoming Canada’s first CPO. His experience was mainly in construction, though he was also involved in residential, institutional and commercial, heavy industrial and civil engineering sectors. “Workplace Safety was embedded” in all the work he did at the CSC which focused on developing programs such as training and mentoring.

In his new post, Gritziotis will be receiving expert advice and support from a recently established “Prevention Council.” This volunteer 11-member council will meet four times a year and includes senior professionals from industry, labour and non-labour groups, the WSIB, and an academic occupational health and safety expert.

“We were looking for champions, visionaries, people that can play a leadership role in the development of an occupational health and safety strategy,” Gritziotis says. It was imperative that this group understand the diverse “needs of all workplaces and all parts of the province.”

Labour Representatives

Patrick Dillon – Business Manager and Secretary Treasurer of the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario. He is a 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medallist for his “outstanding contribution to the Province of Ontario and the people of Canada.

Colin Grieve – Occupational Disease Worker Advocate for Hamilton and Ontario Professional Firefighters. An ex-police officer and ex- firefighter, he sits on the Boards of the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers and the Research Advisory Council for the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.

Nancy Hutchison – Secretary Treasurer, Ontario Federation of Labour, belongs to eight different boards including the Workers Health and Safety Centre and the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers.

Bryan Neath – Regional Director, Ontario, United Food and Commercial Workers Canada oversees planning and coordinating programs and initiatives for youth, labour education and health and safety.

Occupational Safety And Health

Graeme Norval – Associate Chair and Undergraduate Coordinator, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto has expertise in the manufacture and handling of inorganic chemicals.


Michael Oxley – President and Chief Financial Officer, DuPont Canada sits on the Board of the Canadian Chemical Producers’ Association and is Chair of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada.

Gloria Rajkumar – Founder and CEO, SIMAC Canada, Inc. (Superior Independent Medical Assessment Centres) received the 2011 RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award, among others, and she belongs to the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Toronto Board of Trade.

Roy Slack – President, Cementation Canada, Inc. was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers in 2007 and 2008.

John Sauger, Executive Vice President, Project Management and Construction, Bruce Power

Non-Union Representative

Linda Vannucci – Director, Toronto Workers’ Health and Safety Legal Clinic, represents low-income non-union workers and acts for injured workers at WSIB Appeal Resolution Office and Tribunals.

Workplace Safety Insurance Board 

Susanna Zagar – Chief Strategist at the WSIB, former Associate Deputy Minister at Infrastructure Ontario and Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy, Program Development and Dispute Resolution Services for the Ontario Ministry of Labour.