Ron Koslowsky, Vice President of Made Safe parent organization Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) Manitoba, presented Chris Parker, Winpak Division’s Plant Manager with a plaque yesterday commemorating their certification at a ceremony in Winnipeg attended by manufacturing leaders, safety professionals and Winpak employees.
In celebration of this special and well-deserved achievement, Winpak Division provided each of its 760 employees with a celebratory t-shirt in recognition of their collective accomplishment.
“Certification is important because employees are an organization’s lifeblood. Our workers arriving home to their families safely after a day of work is our priority,” said Neal Curry, Made Safe Executive Director. “Not only has Winpak gone above and beyond fulfilling the requirements of the certification program, their safety culture and commitment to celebrating achievements together can serve as an example to the industry. I commend Winpak for their commitment to health and safety in the workplace.”
Said Winpak Division President James Holland, “the difference between a good and a great company is always the people element. A good company can have great technology but a great company is an organization with great technology AND great people driving it. Winpak is a great company. Our people are and always have been our most valuable resource in our pursuit of excellence and a safe work environment. We are proud of this accomplishment and thank Made Safe for recognizing our commitment to making Winpak Division a SAFE Work Certified facility.”
Workers Compensation Board (WCB) data shows that compared to industry averages, workplaces that implement a safety and health certification program experience 42 per cent lower injury rates and 49 per cent fewer work days taken for time-loss injuries.
SAFE Work Manitoba partners with industry-based safety associations in Manitoba’s largest sectors to support certification programs; delivered by and for industry.
"On behalf of SAFE Work Manitoba, I would like to congratulate Winpak for taking this important step towards safety leadership by achieving SAFE Work Certified. By doing so, you are demonstrating that a successful business is one that prioritizes the safety and health of its workforce," said Jamie Hall, Chief Operating Officer, SAFE Work Manitoba.
About Made Safe:
A CME Manitoba initiative, Made Safe is the industry-based safety program (IBSP) for manufacturing in Manitoba. Made Safe delivers professional safety services as the go-to resource for the manufacturing industry, enabling safe, productive, cost-effective work environments. In partnership with SAFE Work Manitoba, Made Safe makes it easier for employers and workers to ensure workplaces are safe and productive. Data shows that companies involved with an IBSP report superior injury reduction performance. When industry helps industry, associations are better suited to deal with the hazards and best practices that are specific to that sector.
In addition to creating a safer and healthier workplace, upon certification Made Safe members become eligible for a rebate on their WCB premiums. Moreover, a safer industry means lower WCB costs for everyone – as much as 37 per cent based on historical data. For manufacturing, Manitoba’s largest industry, this represents millions in savings and increased economic productivity.
Winpak Ltd. (TSX: WPK) manufactures and distributes high-quality packaging materials and innovative packaging machines, primarily used for the protection of perishable foods, beverages, pharmaceuticals and health care applications.
Winpak’s operations encompass three product groups (plastic films, cups and packaging machines) produced in ten North American manufacturing locations. We sell our products in North and South America with our machinery products also sold in Europe, the Middle East, South Africa and Asia.