2009 Annual Report
Your Business Partner in Reaching Zero
Introducing Your New Health and Safety Association –
Workplace Safety & Prevention Services
Designed to Serve You Better
Who We Are Today: Amalgamating Into One
In 2009, Ontario’s prevention system launched a bold effort to better serve employees and employers. On January 1, 2010, just eleven months after it was announced, the independent efforts of twelve health and safety associations were streamlined into four new organizations.
Three health and safety associations – Farm Safety Association (FSA), Industrial Accident Prevention Association (IAPA) and Ontario Service Safety Alliance (OSSA) – started the process of becoming one in 2009, with all the exhilaration and challenges such a bold plan entails and a mandate to meet the health and safety needs of 154,000 businesses in the agricultural, manufacturing and service industries, representing 3.8 million employees across Ontario.
Although the transformation was not formalized until January 1, 2010, FSA, IAPA and OSSA executive leaders and employees made purposeful strides in 2009 toward embracing their new identity – Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS). It was a busy year of crossing traditional boundaries, getting to know one another, working collaboratively, clarifying roles and finding ways to:
- Provide better services to workers
- Improve support to business
- Elevate the discussion to address corporate culture
- Leverage “one to many” partnerships and alliances
- Tap into the magic of volunteers
- Get a head start on becoming one
Here is their story.
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