Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Customer Spotlight - Armtec Precast

We love showing off our amazing clients, so when Armtec Precast dominated NAOSH Week we just had to tell everyone about it.

Armtec Precast (a division of Armtec) specializes in the manufacturing of structural precast/prestressed concrete products, such as components for parkades, bridges and the mining and energy sector. They have been working very hard to improve the safety culture throughout their company. One of their initiatives this year was to get their entire workforce involved in NAOSH Week. They planned events throughout the entire week ranging from a kick-off bbq, contest and prizes, a clean up hour, near miss activity, training events and risk assessment activities. The workers enjoyed the clean up hour so much that they have implemented clean up sessions every other Friday going forward.

Armtec Precast asked Workplace Engineering Solutions to deliver a training session for all their workers focused on workplace hazard identification. We wanted a fun-interactive experience that was relatable to their own workplace. We started off with a short presentation on types of hazards, how to identify them and where to look, and we took examples from their own shop floor. Then we played a game called “Who Wants to be a Hazard Expert”, modelled after the popular gameshow “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”. The participants divided up into teams to see who could get the furthest in the game by answering multiple choice questions based on hazards in their own workplace. As they answered questions correctly and got closer to the $1 Million question, they received ballot entries into draws for fun gift cards. The workers had a great time working together with their friends, heckling other teams, using their lifelines and learning how to identify unsafe working conditions. The event was a huge success and a good time was had by all!

Armtec surveyed their employees to find out what they thought of NAOSH Week, here a few quotes from the responses they received:

“The Millionnaire game was a good way to train.”

”Near miss initiative is a good way to encourage the employees.”

“Clean up hour was much needed.”

Congratulations to Armtec Precast Winnipeg for organizing a sensational NAOSH Week. We can’t wait to see how you top it next year!

You can view a short video of the game here.

NAOSH Activity hazard identification training


Friday, June 02, 2017

WESguard - The machine guarding tracker

Do you have machines at your workplace? Are you unsure if they meet the CSA safeguarding requirements? Do you want peace-of-mind knowing that your workers are safe? Would you like help with your machine safety program? We can help! Our web application WESguard can help you to take control of machine safety at your workplace.

Want more information? Click here to watch our short-animated video!

machine safeguarding application

Thursday, May 25, 2017

CSA Z432-16 Training Session - June 21, 2017

Did you know that CSA published a new edition of the machine guarding standard? Would you like to learn more about how to apply this standard at your workplace? Join us for a training session on CSA Z432-16: Safeguarding of Machinery, June 21 in Winnipeg, MB. Click here for further information.

CSA Z432-16

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Why do we start with risk assessments?

  1. Getting everyone involved: The first important step is get the right people involved.  A risk assessment is best done with representation from all parties involved.  The operator of the equipment, the supervisor of the operators, maintenance personnel who service the equipment, engineers that specify and support the equipment and health and safety team members who know the types of injuries that can occur.  Others can be involved, as many people that are needed to get an accurate picture of the activities and their hazards.  This team’s first task is to list all the activities and the hazards that each activity has.  The primary method of gathering this information is the review of the work process, but other sources of information can come from the manufacturer, or previous injuries and near misses that have occurred.
  2. Showing your due diligence:  Sometimes safeguarding can be complicated.  The answer you come up with may have some considerations that may not be apparent to someone at first glance.  There may need to be a change of procedure for the application to be valid.  Just like the old days of exams, show your work!  That’s what a risk assessment does.  It shows the work that was done to come up with a solution.  Why is that valuable?  So, if you haven’t zeroed in on the right answer, someone can see the thought process and help.  If you have a great solution, show how you came up with it to ensure understanding of how it meets compliance.
  3. Have your controls met the risk reduction goal:  The risk assessment is like a scorecard.  After controls are put in place, you need to review the risk assessment with the team and add scores to them.  What if when you score the new controls the risk hasn’t changed?  Then that’s a good indicator that your solution might not be valid.  If your goal is to reduce risk, the risk assessment can tell you when you are heading in the right direction.
  4. What performance level do you need:  With these new controls, its important to know the reliability needed to meet compliance.  This applies mainly on the electrical side, but is used for all controls.  The risk assessment can outline what level of redundancy and performance is needed for your safety control circuit.

    Good luck, and never hesitate to contact us about risk assessments.


Monday, May 01, 2017

What are you doing this NAOSH Week?

Planning a NAOSH Week event?  Having an innovative idea and delivering it to as many people as possible are a great starting point.  Here are some ideas to take that foundation and create lasting effects in your organization.

  1. Use a cross functional team to plan the event.  Like a risk assessment, it takes a lot of different view points to ensure the result is something that varied groups in the organization can get value from.  Shop workers may have some great insight into what will be effective ways to engage them.  Management can ensure that company goals for the year are reflected in the material or event.  To have a lasting effect the event must bring value to all parties in an organization.  Having them represented in the planning is a means to accomplish that.
  2. Consider opening your event to the public or community.  Events where family can participate are fantastic ways to have a lasting impact.  When you think about safety and why you are doing it, looking at your family is a great reminder.  You’re doing it to go home safe to them.  An event that celebrates that makes a lasting impact.  Letting the community know what your organization is up to for safety is another great way to promote the event and your organization.
  3. Create material that can be used for training and promotion.  Don’t let lessons learned reside in NAOSH Week alone.  Save materials that you can use year long.  If you have a contest or game, why does it only have to be run during NAOSH Week?  If you made a video, post for employees as a reminder, and for new employees to see what the organization they are joining is all about.
  4. Celebrate and seek recognition for your efforts.  We are a modest bunch here in Manitoba, but sometimes we need to step out of that.  There are awards for NAOSH Week and you should apply and possibly win one of these.  There are provincial and national award and winning these can bring some prestige to your organization and be used the promote the participation.  NAOSH Awards can be applied at http://www.csse.org/csse_naosh_awards

      Have a great NAOSH Week, and if your event involved machine safety, send us some info and we’ll showcase in an upcoming newsletter or blog.