Canadian Occupational Safety

January/February 2021

Canadian Occupational Safety (COS) magazine is the premier workplace health and safety publication in Canada. We cover a wide range of topics ranging from office to heavy industry, and from general safety management to specific workplace hazards.

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Page 28 of 47 29 i n s t e a d o f r e v e a l i n g t h e w i n n e r s b e f o r e h a n d , o u r w i n n e r s w e r e a n n o u n c e d l i v e d u r i n g t h e v i r t u a l ceremony on Oct. 22. This definitely stirred up anticipation among our nominees, and gave a bit of extra time for all of our finalists to shine. Our winners are selected by a crop of expert judges. This year there were around 35 judges – some brand new and some who have been CSE Awards stalwarts. Our new additions were particularly keen to be joining in on the celebrations. Chris Nielsen, vice president, Eastern Canada, for T. Harris Environmental Management, and one of the new judges for Best Health, Safety and Environment Management Program, said: "It is an honour to have been chosen to p a r t i c i p a t e a s a j u d g e i n t h e Environmental category of the 2020 Best Health, Safety and Environmental Management Program Awards. It's exciting to be involved with the leading CSE AWARDS, A WINNING FORMULA Nominations opened in February this year, with hopefuls being asked to submit before June COS and Key Media issued an open call for nominations to the magazine's nationwide readership of 14,000 safety professionals Prospective nominees sent in submissions online, and could also nominate another company or individual After a lengthy vetting process, the shortlisted candidates were invited to send additional information so that our judges had all the information they needed Finalists for the 21 categories were announced during the summer Each award had its own judges. Our 35 new and returning judges cast their vote to decide on the winners Winners were revealed live on Oct. 22 during our virtual ceremony! METHODOLOGY edge of what industry leaders are doing to help our environment." Also a judge for that category, Jill Grant, director of practice leadership at Pinchin Ltd, added: "I'm thrilled to have been selected as a judge for the environmental award. Health & safety and corporate social responsibility are top priorities for Pinchin Ltd." Why are the awards so special? This year there were a number of new updates, some planned and some…less planned. Due to the current pandemic, our beloved awards ceremony went virtual — more on that later, but the whole team at Key Media managed to pull together an amazing event for our deserving OHS community. This edition of Canada's Safest Employers Awards was even more special than ever because this year we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the awards — what a milestone! "I think it's great that despite COVID, [COS] has succeeded in keeping people's attention focused on something that is important for all of us. It was a great event." Phil Verster Metrolinx "It's exciting to be involved with the leading edge of what industry leaders are doing to help our environment." Chris Nielsen, T. Harris Environmental Management

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