The Lower Mainland Chapter traditionally has been a nexus for safety professionals and practitioners to network, to socialize and to discuss the safety issues of the day. In recent years our membership has become more focused on professional development and the Chapter has risen to meet that challenge in several ways. These include quality guest speakers, Professional Development Seminars, Peer Study & Site Tours, etc. that are focused on providing the membership with every opportunity to grow in their knowledge and skills. As a Chapter we continue to be there for networking, socializing and general discussion but this has become secondary to professional development.
The Chapter continually seeks out and invites quality speakers to address the membership and to present their topic or to share their expertise at the Chapter’s regular monthly meetings. Through these presentations, members have the opportunity to improve their safety knowledge in specific areas and to develop protocols or solutions for their particular workplace. In addition, the speakers are there for a Q & A opportunity so that members can discuss specifics that are important to them or to seek advice on additional sources of information.
The Chapter believes in the importance of professional development: we do this through providing the members with seminars on specific areas of safety. Topics previously presented and/or currently under development include Incident / Accident Investigation, Human Factors, Bridging the Gap (Construction Safety Conference), Hazard Identification & Risk Assessment, etc. The seminars are designed, developed and presented by qualified Chapter members or where warranted, by outside professionals. Every seminar is designed to provide as much information and knowledge as possible for those attending and there is always a great deal of information and material to take away for future reference. For Information about any current or upcoming Professional Development Seminars (click here).
Wherever possible the Chapter initiates study and discussion of specific issues surrounding safety amongst the members at our meetings or through our website. Through these broad ranging discussions the members provide input and direction for the Chapter and themselves on safety issues or topics that include regulation development, regulatory / government oversight, professional standards, Chapter position in regards to specific issues, etc. Through this the members gain knowledge of the specific safety issues and how it may affect them and their workplace.
The Chapter Executive seeks opportunities for the membership to tour the facilities / workplaces of members that offer them. Through the guided tours, those that attend see first hand other workplaces that provide knowledge on how other organizations and safety professionals approach safety in the workplace. This knowledge can then be taken away, studied and interpreted for potential application into the various workplaces of members attending the tour.