Toronto, ON — Workplace safety is at the top of mind for most, if not all, businesses. Over the past 18 months, many companies had to quickly adjust their approach to it. The pandemic provided many hurdles for business owners.
To acknowledge health and safety achievements by small and medium-sized companies, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) has opened up submissions for the Small Business Health and Safety Leadership Awards. Owners must apply quickly as the deadline is July 23.
Each year the WSIB helps recognize businesses with fewer than 50 employees for their efforts in keeping safe working conditions. The top three businesses will win a cash prize of $5,000, $3,000, or $2,000. In addition to the cash prize, the first-place winner will have a promotional video showcasing their efforts, which will be shared across the WSIB website and social media channels.
To be eligible to enter, entrants must be registered with the WSIB and have an account in good standing, be independently owned and operated and have at least one employee (not including the owner/operator) but less than 50 employees, and have not had any fatalities in the workplace, or any convictions by the Ministry of Labour, Skills Training and Development for violations to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations for the Employment Standards Act. Past winners are not eligible to re-apply for five years.
The pandemic has forced everyone to make adjustments, reports WSIB. Whether they are significant enhancements or even slight changes in making employees and customers feel safe. The safety entity is calling for stories from businesses that have made those changes. To apply, visit www.wsib.ca.