WSIB Invites Ontario Small Businesses to Showcase Safety Excellence in 2024 Awards

Ontario Construction News staff writer

Ontario’s small businesses are being urged to step into the spotlight for their dedication to workplace health and safety. The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is inviting independently-owned companies with fewer than 50 employees to vie for recognition in the 2024 Small Business Health and Safety Leadership Awards. With a chance to snag up to $10,000, participants are tasked with showcasing their strides in workplace safety over the past year.

The awards promise substantial cash prizes for the top contenders:

  • First place: $10,000
  • Second place: $6,000
  • Third place: $4,000

Submitting an application is a breeze: businesses simply need to complete a submission form and send it via email by June 30, 2024. For further guidance, interested parties can find assistance on the WSIB website.

While the allure of monetary rewards is undeniable, previous winners stress the significance of the recognition and honor associated with being hailed as frontrunners in health and safety in Ontario. Last year’s champion, Sign FX, earned acclaim for its outstanding safety endeavors.

Rod Cook, Vice President of Workplace Health and Safety Services at the WSIB, urges businesses to share their triumphs. “We’re aware of numerous success stories within small businesses that have set new standards in workplace health and safety. We want to hear them and share them to inspire others! Share your narrative with us and stand a chance to win one of three cash prizes,” Cook said.

The Small Business Health and Safety Leadership Awards extend beyond financial incentives; they strive to cultivate a safety-centric culture across all small businesses in Ontario. Evaluation criteria encompass various facets, including safety culture and leadership, the implementation of safety programs or initiatives, effective communication, and active employee engagement in health and safety matters.

Last year’s competition witnessed a robust participation with 197 entries, underscoring the strong commitment among small businesses to prioritize health and safety.


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