Manufacturers from all regions recently attended two EMC events, one at Oxford Frozen Foods and one at Transcontinental Print. The focus of the events was discussion on updates to the ‘Act’ and getting the message to supervisors along with a bonus update and conversation with Mary Morris of the OEA.
Two large groups had the pleasure of hearing from David Powers the Director of OHS at Oxford Frozen Foods (OFF) on the recent updates to the labour act, specifically what is a reportable injury and how to let supervisors know what they are responsible for. After the usual introductions and EMC update (remember to think about topics for future events!) the David made his presentation and got the conversations started.
The initial overview in the presentation focused on the supervisor’s role and responsibilities and the fact that it is important that they understand these and receive the proper training to allow this to happen. So many times someone is ‘promoted’ to the role of supervisor because they are a good machinist, assembler, electrician etc. etc. sadly they are then pulled away from a job they are trained to do and obviously do well at to be put into a position they know little about and for many will come to dread. Managing people requires unique skills and specific knowledge. Training, coaching and mentoring the new supervisor will pay off for years. The other interesting point raised by David was what even is a supervisor? Many people don’t see themselves as supervisors but if people get direction from them in the eyes of the law they are indeed supervisors and legally obligated to act accordingly.
Seating was at a premium at these events.....
David’s presentation also detailed the recent changes to the act related to what is an injury, when do you need to report it, how you need to communicate the details and on and on.... clearly it is important that ALL manufacturers do their due diligence, understand the law and let everyone in the operation know what is now required by law.
After a couple of very noisy (in a good way) networking breaks the groups had the pleasure of an update from Mary Morris from the Employer Advisor Society of Nova Scotia (EA) the EA works with employers on a whole range of topics related to safety, WCB and the law. See http://oeans.ca/ . as usual Mary had LOTS of interesting news and stories to go along with it. The groups talked about changes to the act, PTSD in the workplace and ultimately Cannabis (medical and recreational) and its impact in the workplace. To say this was a lively conversation would be an understatement! This one topic would have kept us talking for hours! More to come at future EMC events for sure....
Mary educates the group in Oxford....
Good info exchanged, many eyes opened and networking done, these were both good events. Thanks to our hosts OFF and Transcontinental Print and to David and Mary for their insight.
Also thanks to those who attended, your thoughts and input are a critical part of what makes an EMC event work.
If you have any question on these events or EMC in general, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org