SGIA holds first-ever Canadian Workplace Safety Conference

Speaker Dan Suess from Workplace Safety North.
Speaker Dan Suess from Workplace Safety North.

On Wednesday, June 7, the SGIA headed north to Canada for the first time and hosted a Workplace Safety Conference for Canadian printers at the Centre for Health and Safety Innovation in Mississauga, Ontario. The event was hosted by ND Graphics and coordinated by the SGIA and Workplace Safety North, a non-profit in Ontario that provides health and safety services and training. Several speakers discussed topics both specific to the industry, such as machine guarding and WHMIS 2015, and general topics such as violence in the workplace and small business incentive programs. The conference was part of a larger effort by the SGIA to promote safety education and awareness among its members in Canada and elsewhere.

The location provided a classroom-style setting that allowed attendees to discuss and ask questions about safety topics that were relevant to them. The SGIA will subsequently be posting a webinar series on its website on safety topics that had the most significance based on attendee feedback. Topics on the agenda included legislation, Ways of Keeping an Aging Workforce Safe, WHMIS 2015, Machine Guarding/Lockout Tagout, Violence and Harassment in the Workplace, a Five-year Analysis of Workplace Injuries, Small Business Incentive Programs, and The Aging Workforce.

Speaker Douglas Groff from Data Communications Management.
Speaker Douglas Groff from Data Communications Management.

The SGIA is the trade association for professionals in the industrial, graphic, garment, textile, electronics, packaging and commercial printing communities looking to grow their business into new market segments by adopting the the latest printing technologies. SGIA membership comprises these diverse segments, all of which are moving rapidly towards digital adoption. SGIA’s community of peers help members navigate the challenges of this process.

An independent not-for-profit organization, Workplace Safety North (WSN) is a leading provider of health and safety services, training and resources across several industry sectors including forestry, paper, printing, converting, mining and mine rescue. As one of Ontario’s four sector-based health and safety associations, businesses call upon WSN for expert advice and information, classroom and online training programs, on-site consultations, health and safety audits, industrial hygiene testing and specific problem-solving.

 

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.