Canada's Best Health + Safety Culture Award

Canadian Occupational Safety, in partnership with Workplace Safety & Prevention Services, is pleased to offer Canada’s Best Health + Safety Culture award, the top prize within he lineup of Canada's Safest Employers awards.

This award, sponsored by Levitt Safety, will go to the organization with the strongest health and safety culture in the country — a culture that not only permeates the workplace, but extends into the employer’s community, networks and areas of influence to make health and safety a priority for all.

There are three steps in applying for this award.

Step 1: Complete the nomination form (which will be posted in February.) The deadline is June 1.

Step 2: Deploy the employee perception survey to your workforce through the month of June.

You will receive a link to the survey the first week of June that you need to pass along to all your employees. If you have between 20 and 5,000 employees, you will need at least 20 per cent of your employee population to complete the survey to move on to the next phase of the competition. If you have between 5,001 and 10,000 employees, you need 10 per cent of them to complete the survey. And companies with more than 10,000 workers need five per cent.

This is a mandatory requirement. You will be given instructions on how to monitor the number of employees that have filled out the survey. The survey includes about 40 questions and takes about six minutes to complete. The survey will close June 29. 

Please note the results of your survey are available for purchase. If you have less than 500 employees, the cost to purchase the survey results is $1,000. If you have more than 500 employees, the cost is $2,500. Please note this is not the number of employees who have completed the survey, rather your total employee count.

Step 3: One-day on-site observation for finalists to be completed during the first two weeks of August. 

Experienced OHS evaluators from Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS) will visit the workplaces of the finalists to conduct on-site observations and complete an on-site verification audit template. This will take one day to complete. As many companies have more than one location, the evaluation will take place at the company's head office. A representative from one field facility will need to be available at the head office for the on-site visit. The on-site evaluation will include the following:

•Select staff focus group using organizational performance metric questions for workers and managers. 
•Site tour and conformance checklist
•C-suite level interview.

All information obtained during the audit will be kept strictly confidential and will only be shared with the Canada's Safest Employers organizing committee for the purposes of selecting the final winner. 

The finalists will receive a report that assesses health and safety practices using a recognized management systems criteria and an evidence-based research approach that captures worker, manager and senior leader perceptions towards their health and safety culture. 

The winner will be revealed at the gala Oct. 24 in Toronto.


***Please note this award is intended to recognize an entire organization with an excellent culture, not individual branches, plants or franchises.