October 21, 2015

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Hello again!

I hope you enjoyed reading the guest blogs we’ve had here the last couple of times: One from sister Brandi Thorne and the other was the award-winning essay from sister Rosemary Curran-Pipestem. We’d love to have more guest bloggers, so if you think you would like to be one, write to me at info@bta.ca with your blog idea and we can work together to get you published.

Speaking of getting published, have you seen the new BTA video: Stand Up for Safety? It was released at this year’s BTA conference. If you haven’t seen it (or, if you would like to have another look), go to the very top of this page and click the YouTube button – it’ll take you to the BTA channel on YouTube. We have several other videos there, the new Helmets to Hardhats and Better SuperVision promo videos. 

Anyway, back to the BTA video. The video was produced over 3 and a half months and includes some interviews with people you may know. Filming took place at Shell Scotford (thanks to Frank Engli, Turnaround Manager and his team for their cooperation and support). Everyone I had the pleasure of meeting there, from management through to the men and women on the tools, was very helpful and generous with their time. I’m sure you’ll recognize some of them working in the background of the video. 

The point of the video is to bring forward a next step in the evolution of safety practices. Lost time incidents have decreased by approximately 70% since 2000, however, this improvement in safety performance has levelled off in the last four years, indicating that the existing safety practices are working well, but more needs to be done to reduce lost time injuries even further. That’s where Stand Up for Safety comes in. 

The philosophy of Stand Up for Safety is simple: Be willing to approach and address fellow workers when you see something that causes you concern and Be willing to receive help when fellow workers approach and address you. That’s it. We all look after each other and we accept and appreciate when other try to help us out. That’s something that everyone from apprentice to owner can get behind. 

We will be rolling out some materials to support the video and help spread the word about the program, including hardhat stickers, so stay tuned. 

In the meantime, have a look at the video and let us know what you think. We worked hard on it, and are proud of it, but we always appreciate constructive feedback. Send comments to info@bta.ca or through the BTA Facebook page.

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