Program Schedule

The 2019 conference will be returning to the Coast Hotel and Convention Centre, Langley BC on November 14, 2019 with the optional post conference courses running November 15, 2019. Featuring an amazing keynote session and 9 breakouts with 2 optional post conference full day courses the 2019 Safety Committee Conference promises to be the biggest and best yet. Last year we sold out weeks before the conference, don’t wait to register!

Day 1 (8:30am to 4:30pm)

Opening keynote and table top tradeshow.
Choose from 9 informative sessions.

Day 2 (8:30am to 4:30pm)

Optional full day post conference courses. Attendance at the conference is not a pre-requisite.

For Session Descriptions, scroll to bottom of page, or click on a session title in the grid below, or click on the button to the right:

Thursday, November 14, 2019

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Introduction & Welcome

10:00 – 10:30 am
Coffee Break

11:45 – 1:15pm
On Own For Lunch

1:15 – 2:45pm
Session 2A
Office Ergonomics and the Safety Committee

1:15 – 2:45 pm
Session 2C
Risk Assessments

2:45 – 3:05pm
Coffee Break

4:15 – 4:30pm
Certificate Pick Up

Friday, November 15, 2019

Optional Post Event Courses

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8:30am – 4:30pm
Course PC-2
Supervisors Safety Training

Please Note: All sessions, speakers, events, times and descriptions are subject to change without notice. Pacific Safety Center Ltd reserves the right to limit quantities and to correct errors or omissions. For the latest information and updates please check the home page.

Session Descriptions:


Thursday, November 14, 2019

8:30 – 8:45 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Master of Ceremonies:
Tanya Steele, R(CSO), CSS, CHSC TR Steele Company

8:45  – 10:00 am
Opening Keynote: Risk Tolerance – 10 Influencing Factors of Risk Acceptance

Why do workers take risks?  What is it about us humans that compels us to take risk? Our speaker, Dave Fennell, has explored this topic and has identified the 10 influencing factors that impact our decisions on how much risk is acceptable. He will show us how to recognize each of these factors in the work place (and off the job) and will provide practical guidance and strategies on what we can do to reduce risk to acceptable levels. Simple tools and approaches will be provided that can be used with existing safety systems in any organization. Participants will take away practical approaches for reducing risks in their organizations.
Presenter: Dave Fennell, CRSP, BSc, CET Dave Fennell Safety Inc.

10:30 – 11:45 am

Session 1A
Joint Health and Safety Committee Effectiveness

In this awareness session, Daniel will be examining the effectiveness of the JHSC in the workplace. This session will discuss strategies for effective communication with management and front-line workers, and tips for maintaining a safety presence in the workplace through involvement with inspections, incident investigations, and hazard identification processes.
Presenter: Daniel York, CRSP, Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC

Session 1B
Approaching Others and Intervention – Speaking Up for Safety

Excellent safety requires that workers look out for each other and speak up when they identify risks but Research has identified that workers only intervene 39% of the time when they see another worker putting themselves as risk. Why is this and what can we do about it? Our workshop leader, Dave Fennell, will demonstrate the importance of creating a work environment where speaking up is the norm. He will show us how to recognize the hardwired inhibitors that cause us to hesitate to speak up and will provide practical tools and approaches to help create a culture of caring.
Presenter: Dave Fennell, CRSP, BSc, CET Dave Fennell Safety Inc.

Session 1C
Exploring the Difference Between ‘Investigating’ and ‘Learning’ from Events

“You can blame and retrain, or you can learn and improve, but you can’t do both”

– Todd Conklin PhD

The Workers Compensation Act requires employers to investigate a range of events within 48 hours, and accident investigations are a fundamental component of safety management; they are our primary source of learning and improvement.
However, many investigations fall short of learning ‘the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth’!
This session will explore how retribution is not a requirement, and how integrating ‘just culture’ principles can improve how much we learn after accidents.
Presenter: Jeff Lyth, Consultant, QSP Leadership

1:15 – 2:45 pm

Session 2A
Office Ergonomics and the Safety Committee

They don’t swing a sledgehammer, or shovel dirt, or load bags of concrete so how can they possibly  get hurt sitting? And why are employees who primary job involves sitting  so tired at the end of the day? This session will explore why sedentary office workers are just as likely, and in many cases, more likely, to suffer from Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) than more physically active workers as well as how to incorporate office Ergonomics into your inspection processes.

Presenter: Norm Ralph, CHSC, President, Apex Abilities, Surrey, BC

Session 2B
Debunking the Myths of the new JHSC Legislation

If you have found yourself asking: New legislation? What does it all mean?  This session is for you.  If you have just started a new Joint health and safety committee (JHSC) or have had a JHSC for a long time, or maybe you have recently received a WCB order, and would like some clarity on the expectations of the JHSC such as training, evaluation and inspections, you are invited to attend this fun and dynamic session.
Presenter: Tanya Steele NCSO, (R)CSO, CSS, CHSC

Session 2C
Conducting Risk Assessments – it’s Risky Business

Risk Assessment is the process or method where you identify hazards and risks that have the potential to cause harm. It is a proactive process designed to ensure workers are protected. Some people find performing a risk assessment intimidating, especially if they haven’t been trained on it. Come to this session to find out how to do it right! This process can be applied to already identified hazards, new job tasks and regulations, and is sure to help you the next time you are called upon to carry out a risk assessment.
Presenter: Isabel Krueger, Safety Matters

3:05 – 4:15 pm

Session 3A
Workplace Safety Inspections

Looking for tips on how to conduct your safety inspections? Trying to get more participation or response from the people in your workplace? This is the session for you. Learn how to plan and conduct successful safety inspections, rate hazards, and get advice on implementation. This is a great session for safety committees, supervisors or anyone responsible for doing safety inspections in the workplace.
Presenter: Norm Ralph, CHSC, President, Apex Abilities, Surrey, BC

Session 3B
Is Vehicle Safety Part of Your Safety Program? It Should Be – Here’s Why and How to Make it Happen

Motor vehicle incidents on the job account for 24 fatalities on average every year in BC and result in thousands of lost time hours. Vehicle safety is serious, but does your JHSC even look at incidents? Do you investigate them at all? This session will provide an overview of how you can bring vehicle and driver safety into your Safety Program, (or if it’s already there, make it work better), elements of an effective program and a look at some expected results. 

Presenter:Spencer McDonald, Thinking Driver

Session 3C
Safety Committees – Beauty or Beast

Gone are the days when employers could treat safety committees as just a necessary evil, something in place just because it was required by regulation but not something useful in the grand scheme of things. And gone are the days when committees should just be going through the motions and doing the same things month after month without taking proactive steps to improve safety for the workers they represent.

Recent changes to the Workers Compensation Act have increase the responsibility for safety committees to an unprecedented level, and at the same time have increased the reliance that employers must place on committees to improve safety in the workplace.

In this session we will review not only what these increased responsibilities are, but also what makes a safety committee great. Participants will take away valuable tools to energize meetings and make the important work done by committees proactive, and not just reactive.

Presenter: Cathy Cook, Safe Harbour Consulting

4:15– 4:30 pm
Certificate Pick Up


Post Conference Courses:


Friday, November 15, 2019

8:30am – 4:30pm

Course PC-1 
Fundamentals of Joint Health and Safety Committees Course

This course is ideal for new safety committee members needing to comply with WorkSafeBC’s Safety Committee Member training regulations as well as existing members looking to upgrade their safety knowledge and skills. If your organization is setting up its first safety committee or looking to make its existing committee more effective, this one day course is just what you need.

Topics include: applying the process of safety inspections and accident investigations, participating in constructive committee meetings, helping your committee work together and much more.


Course PC-2
Supervisors Safety Training Course

Supervisors are some of the most influential people in preventing workplace injuries and accidents. If they understand their key roles and have the specific skills needed to follow through on that understanding, a safe worksite almost always follows. If they don’t, or worse, have never been taught how to supervise for safety, then accidents and injuries nearly always follow. This jam packed one-day course guides your supervisors through the fundamentals they need to ensure safety on the job.

Topics Include: What the regulatory agencies expect of supervisors, understanding risk taking, how to motivate for safety, how to interact with risk taking individuals, key prevention activities for supervisors and much more.