2018: A Year in Review
2018 was a year of significant change and advancement for the Saskatchewan Safety Association (SCSA) and its members.
The year began with a celebration of the late 2017 announcement from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Central Services regarding new safety standards. It was announced that as of April 1, 2019, Certificate of Recognition (COR®) certification will be required for all construction contracts expected to exceed $1M in value. This was an exciting development for all members that have made significant investments in their safety management systems.
The SCSA Board of Directors confirmed an updated organizational profile to redefine the SCSA’s mission of Constructing Safety Leadership and its vision of creating the Safest Construction Environment in Canada.
“We have learned over the years that telling people how to stay safe isn’t enough to overhaul a culture that has historically struggled with safety. Anything that is going to affect a change in an organization and a province has to be done at a leaderships level. Our new mission is entirely about supporting safety leaders,” explains SCSA President, Collin Pullar.
At the February Annual General Meeting, the SCSA members approved a series of changes to the SCSA bylaws and board governance structure to reflect modern governance practices and ensure alignment with legislative requirements. The structure, composition, and size of the board were also modified to ensure balanced representation and engagement from industry leaders.
In March, the SCSA hosted its first Constructing Safety Leadership Conference in Regina, featuring a range of speakers including a panel discussion led by industry leaders. The event facilitated important discussion topics that will carry into the next conference taking place at Saskatoon’s TCU Place on April 10, 2019.
The Association was honoured to be recognized by the Better Business Bureau of Saskatchewan with an award for Business Ethics and by the Regina and District Chamber of Commerce with a Paragon Award for Marketing and Promotional Excellence. The SCSA Board was very excited to see the Association having an impact on not only the industry but also influencing the culture of business more broadly. The SCSA will continue to focus efforts in the areas of modernization and ethical business leadership in the new year.
Through the use of technology, modernizing product and service delivery has also been a major strategic focus of the Board. A new mobile Hazard Assessment Tool and ten additional safety topics were added to the SCSA Guide to OHS Legislation mobile app. This has become a popular tool that has tracked more than 3,500 downloads since its launch in September of 2017. With these recent enhancements, workers can more easily conduct hazard assessments – an integral component of injury prevention – and access a total of 30 key safety topics with relevant legislation and other resources.
Inside the SCSA classrooms, pilot projects introducing tablet devices and virtual reality (VR) training tools are well underway; taking safety training and information retention to a whole new level. The SCSA’s VR tool is one of the first of its kind for the Saskatchewan Industry and is already being evaluated by other leading training institutions in the province.
Strategic alliances with the Saskatchewan Polytechnic School of Construction, the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, Saskatchewan Safety Council, and others, were strengthened this past year – helping to further extend and integrate the message of injury prevention and safety leadership throughout the province.
Together, the SCSA Board of Directors, Regional Safety Committees, members, staff, and partners look forward to the challenges and opportunities in the year ahead.