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WorkSafe’s Safe Worker, Safe Employer Award nominations open until Nov. 17


Do you know a worker who leads safety in the workplace, or an employer who makes safety a core company value? Each year, WorkSafe Saskatchewan recognizes workers and employers who strive to make Mission: Zero a reality in the province through the Safe Worker Award and Safe Employer Award. This year’s nomination deadline for both awards is November 17.

“It’s important to recognize those workers and employers who have taken the steps to create strong safety cultures in their workplaces,” said Kevin Mooney, the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB)’s Director of Prevention. “Workers who identify hazards and introduce safety initiatives create safer work environments, while employers who prioritize safety reduce workplace injuries and improve employee morale.”

Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:

Safe Worker Award Criteria

Safe Employer Award Criteria

  • This award is not open to management, front line supervisors or those in dedicated safety positions.
  • The worker should have exemplary involvement in health and safety.
  • It is preferred if the worker sits on their Occupational Health and Safety Committee (OHC).
  • Workers should have championed an innovative safety idea or project in the workplace. Include how and why it was implemented, as well as any barriers to overcome.
  • This safety idea or project should have had workplace safety and health benefits, as well as other measurable results and cultural benefits.
  • OHC, OH&S representatives or small-sized employers are encouraged to nominate someone from their workplace.
  • All Saskatchewan businesses, unions, municipalities, schools, service organizations, and non-profit organizations with a valid Saskatchewan WCB firm number are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must not have any compliance disputes concerning all safety-related codes, acts and regulations.
  • Organizations should have a health and safety policy outlining roles, responsibilities and health/safety goals.
  • Employers should have hazard identification, inspection processes and emergency response processes. There should also be processes to effectively communicate safety messages and ensuring employees are trained to work safely.
  • Organizations should regularly measure and report how health and safety are managed in accordance with a recognized standard, such as a safety association audit.

Developing research from the University of Regina and trends across Canada suggest that building a culture of health and safety, both on and off the job, will have a positive impact on workplace injuries and fatalities.

“At the WCB, our preliminary data analysis points to a consistent pocket of serious injuries in Saskatchewan and research points to the positive effects that the reduction of serious injuries has on a jurisdiction’s overall fatality rate and total injury rate,” said Mooney. “Achieving Mission: Zero is the collective efforts of multiple parties working together – from individuals to organizations to leaders.”

WorkSafe has presented the Safe Worker Award since 2006 and the Safe Employer Award since 2007. Workplace peers and colleagues nominate the recipients of these awards. Two committees representing WorkSafe Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour, the Saskatchewan Safety Council and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers adjudicate the nominations.

The top three finalists for each award will be notified in January 2019 and the award winners are announced and presented with their award during an awards luncheon taking place annually at the WCB’s Compensation Institute, a two-day educational event in March.

In 2018, the Safe Worker Award was presented to Justin Ellis with Humboldt Electric in Saskatoon and the Safe Employer Award was presented to the R.M. of Wilton in Marshall.

“We applaud all of the past winners of our Safe Worker and Safe Employer Awards for their commitments to zero injuries, zero fatalities, and zero suffering,” said Mooney. “There are many workers and employers in this province implementing great initiatives to improve safety at their workplaces and we want to hear about them.”

Nominations close on November 17, 2018 for the 2019 awards. To nominate a safe worker and safe employer, visit


For more information, please contact:

Jennifer Pilsner
Senior Marketing Manager
Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board
Phone: 306.787.4651
Cell: 306.519.4220

WorkSafe Saskatchewan is an injury prevention and workplace safety partnership between the WCB and the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety. Through the partnership, both agencies offer programs and support that help employers and workers develop workplace safety and health programs. You can reach WorkSafe Saskatchewan at 1.800.667.7590. Follow us on Twitter: @worksafesask, YouTube: or on Facebook: for real-time updates.

Mission: Zero is an initiative to eliminate all injuries in Saskatchewan. Launched in 2008, Mission: Zero drives home the effects of injuries and the importance of safety and injury prevention at home, work and play. The intent behind Mission: Zero is to bring about a significant reduction in the provincial injury rate.

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