Brampton, Durham, GTA, Mississauga, Vaughan
EMC teamed up with the Regional Municipality of Durham to offer our manufacturers an opportunity to review the legalities around Drug and Alcohol Testing, Health & Safety Due Diligence and Accommodating Psychological Disabilities.
Occupational health and safety (OHS) due diligence essentially means taking “reasonable care” to ensure no harm comes to workers at a work site. This duty — as outlined in OHS legislation in jurisdictions across Canada — of taking “reasonable care” applies to employers, workers, contractors and suppliers. The “employer” may be a company, a manager or a supervisor.
Drug and Alcohol Testing
- Reasonable Cause: may require testing where the circumstances give the employer reasonable…
“For the first time in Honda’s history, the lead plant for a new global model was located outside Japan. Honda Motor put their trust in the North American regional team to lead this development and manufacturing challenge. I know Honda’s commitment was a good call.”
~ Dan Smith, President of Honda of Canada Mfg.
For 2015 the Honda Canada plant situated on 760 acres in Alliston Ontario, stopped their public tours while they underwent some facility upgrades such as new innovation in the Weld Department and Final Assembly. They have come a long way – in 1986 they produced 8 vehicles/day and now their facility can produce 400,000 vehicles/annually plus 260,000 four-cylinder engines at its adjacent engine plant.
The March 29th tour was filled within 24 hours with the additional requests filling the May 5t…
It’s not so much that we’re afraid of change, or so in love with the old ways, but it’s that place in between we fear…. It’s like being in the air between trapezes. It’s Linus when his blanket is in the dryer. There’s nothing secure to hold on to.” - M Ferguson
Change Management is crucial to managing your growth objectives and hold employee engagement. Toromont CAT was willing to share what has worked and lessons learned from their recent experience and it was clear that they were passionate about their story.
We started off with some pre-event reading to get us thinking about making change; Managing the Uncertainty Before Change: Do Change Better by Joanne Layne: http://onpeople.lhh.com/h/i/213593397-managing-the-uncertainty-before-change-do-chang…
WEGU Manufacturing in Whitby ON makes products you own/use/see every day without your knowledge. They may have touched your vehicle, vending machines, ATM machines, home appliances, work tables, water hydrants, home electrical boxes and the list goes on…
The 2015 Export Awards Winner opened their doors to members in February to discuss their Business Operating Systems and offered a full plant tour. They specialize in compression moulding, transfer compression, rubber and plastic moulding and multi-shot injection moulding, bringing operational advancements over the last 40 years.
Their BOS (Business Operating System) is a monthly scorecard representing financials, HR, H&S, Quality and Environmental reviews for all of their major customer…
Warren Buffett said, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. …”
It never really occurred to me, but when Linda Papadopoulos of Pearson Dunn Insurance mentioned it at our Brampton/Mississauga consortium SIG on February 23rd, a few things clicked. How Apple has recently strived to put the “made in America” stamp on their products by reminding us they are “Designed in California” (and “Assembled in China” rather than “Made in China”). That’s all about “reputation”. We all know how quickly a stock can dive, due to some internet gossip. On the positive side, being seen as environmentally conscious and socially responsible can be a real boon to a company.
“…If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” Mr. B’s quote concludes.
Velcro Canada Inc. in Brampton, graciously offered to host our February 23rd SIG. Two speakers, Linda Papadopoulos, VP Corporate Risk Management and Jeff Mitobe, Engineering Manager enlightened the group regarding Risk Mapping and SRED Eligibility & Optimizing funding respectively. All I can say is those of you who didn’t make it out, certainly missed a lively discussion!
We all practice Risk Management at some level. When we drive to work, walk across the street, go for a mountain bike…
EMC teamed up with the Town of Richmond Hill Economic Development Board to have David Tsai, Associate of Miller Thomson present to our group about the legalities around these topics.
Social Media in the Workplace
Social media is part of everyday life for the majority of people, with extensive use and reliance. Today companies need a social media policy. Have you implemented a policy? If not here are some General Principles in creating a social media policy;
- Clarity of Rules
- Communicated to Employees
- Consistently Enforced
- Clarity of consequences (i.e. Discipline and/or Termination)
During this event we discussed in length the Guiding Principles,…
When the Ministry of Labour (MOL) ‘requests’ a session with Manufacturers, companies respond! This session was partnered with the City of Vaughn who provided us with a fabulous venue, and we joined together EMC’s Mississauga/Brampton, GTA/York Region and Barrie/Orillia Consortiums which made up for a nice large group.
Guarding and Lockout is on everyone’s radar. Claims from 2013 showed 1641 workers were caught in or compressed by equipment, and 246 were rubbed or abraded by friction, pressure or jarred by vibration. While inspecting guarding, inspectors will also check for
- Internal Responsibility System (IRS)
- Electrical hazards
- Activities associated with the risk of developing Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD)
- Pre-Start Health and Safety Reviews (PSR)
Full details of these points can be found under…
Members of Durham Region and GTA alike gathered in Bowmanville this month to roundtable our best practices on sustaining continuous improvement efforts. To begin, as each person introduced themselves they shared their greatest difficulty in their sustaining efforts. The common theme in the group were issues around culture change and communication.
Though our conversation certainly didn’t flow in this manner, I have placed the various conversations into 3 buckets for the purpose of this blog.
Training & Communications
Job Specific Training: Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s)
- A struggle for many companies, many have outdated SOP’s, incomplete or know that employees have made short cuts and the SOP is no longer the pure practice.
- At times, the more senior operators resist the SOP write-up, a fear that they are then considered…
When you hear that, people automatically think “Savage Arms.” A Division of Vista Outdoors, a manufacturer nestled in the village of Lakefield, ON who have “Made in Canada” pride. Savage Arms sales distribution makes up of 92% USA, 7% Canada, and 1% Other. When Terry McCullough, VP & GM hosts a SIG, people will travel from afar to be in attendance. Capped at 40 registrations, people were excited to hear Terry speak as well as tour their newly expanded plant.
An overview of Terry’s presentation
- Continuously improve internal and external customer satisfaction
- Measurements of SQDEC (safety, quality, delivery, employee, cost)
- Insuring the safety of our employees through safe and compliant work practices
- Be a top financial performer in the Vista Outdoor family of consumer branded products
- Support continuous market growth through successful new product launches
SQDEC Metrics: Terry reviewed their targets…
I sleep with one of my advisors. You read that correctly.
Many of you know that as an FSA for Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) one of the things I do is organize best practice sharing events for manufacturers. These events often are scheduled on what turns out to be snowy Canadian winter days and the first event of 2016 was no exception. After a month of work in preparation which includes many relationships; the presenters, finding room accommodations, food/beverage caterers and of course the manufacturer’s registrations themselves – 50…
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