OHS Canada Magazine

Honouring our safety heroes

OHS Canada has launched an expanded awards program, honouring excellence in the profession

National Safety Council president and CEO Lorraine Martin said it best.

In the opening keynote of the Global NSC Safety Congress and Expo, she proclaimed 2021 as the “Year of the safety hero.”

As the world continues to operate in the twilight zone of the COVID-19 pandemic, “safety pros are the nation’s secret weapon in the fight to save lives,” said Martin.

Health and safety professionals have been the “unsung heroes” of the now-year-long pandemic, she said.


“They’re shouldering great responsibility as the entire world focuses on human safety, particularly at work.”

It is in this spirit that OHS Canada unveils an expanded awards program, highlighting excellence in the Canadian occupational health and safety profession.

Alongside our Top 10 Under 40 competition, our media brand has launched OHS Canada Honours for 2021 — where we aim to recognize the achievements of Canadian OH&S professionals with three individual awards.

OHS Canada Honours

“There is no doubt that the past 12 months have been difficult for all Canadians, due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said OHS Canada group publisher Paul Grossinger.

“But when I think of what occupational health and safety professionals in Canada have had to endure, it makes me believe anything is really possible.”

Recognizing excellence in the OH&S profession is something OHS Canada is proud to do on an ongoing basis, he said.

“Our annual Top 10 Under 40 and OHS Canada Honours recognition programs really put a deserving spotlight on people who have made a difference at their workplace and in their communities — in the face of newfound realities, uncertainties, responsibilities and, sometimes, fears.”

Top 10 Under 40

The importance of OH&S professionals has been on full display through the COVID-19 pandemic, and the team at OHS Canada want to acknowledge the best and brightest in the field.

OHS Canada Honours recognizes the achievements of Canadian OH&S workers in three categories:

  • OH&S Professional of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Community Leader Award

Anyone in an occupational health and safety position with a Canadian company who fits the criteria for the individual awards can be nominated.

And back for another year, OHS Canada’s Top 10 Under 40 recognizes the achievements of the newest generation of Canadian OH&S workers.

Anyone in an OH&S position with a Canadian company who is under the age of 40 as of Dec. 31, 2021 is eligible for this award.

To nominate your health and safety hero, visit our Top 10 Under 40 or OHS Canada Honours awards pages. Nominations will be accepted until May 28.

This editorial appears in the March/April 2021 issue of OHS Canada.

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2 Comments » for Honouring our safety heroes
  1. BOB ELLIOTT says:

    How sad that Mr. Wier has to refer to H&S people doing their jobs as ‘heroes’. This is a degradation to the true meaning of the word ‘hero’. This seems to be the standard in this industry, i.e. patting ourselves on the back while proclaiming how important we are. The metrics used to enable the term ‘hero’ to be used in this context would be interesting to know. Too bad that this industry is so insecure that it continually feels the need to hand out awards to itself. This feeling of self importance has always been principal to certain groups in the civil service, e.g. health care, police, teachers, etc., but is generally viewed by many as demeaning. I’m thankful if my fellow employees respect my work, my boss says “good job Bob” once in a while, and continues to pay me. I am not a ‘hero’!

  2. John Wettstein says:

    Bob, you nailed it. Thanks!

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