CANCELLED: 2020 Safety Days and Wellness Fair

Overview and registration

Utilities Kingston is acting on a recommendation from KFL&A Public Health to cancel our Safety Days event for 2020.  This measure is to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to our community and our workplace. 

Contractors: we will work with you to ensure the necessary health and safety expectations are communicated and addressed for pre-qualification for quotation work, for Utilities Kingston and the City of Kingston.

Join the City of Kingston and Utilities Kingston for Safety Days from March 26-27, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour. Again this year, participants are invited to join us for a wellness fair, for an opportunity to speak with local wellness providers, to help live a healthy lifestyle.

The annual Safety Days event is jointly hosted by the City and Utilities Kingston to promote best safety practices amongst employees – and local contractors and suppliers in the industry. The event continues to grow each year; 607 participants attended the free sessions held in 2019.

Help us make sure that everyone goes home safe, every day!

The goal of Safety Days is clear and simple: get everyone home safe every day. Its training and information sessions are all about how to instill safety as the highest value in the workplace. In 2014, the event was recognized by the national Recognition of Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievement from the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) and the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) Worker Safety Award

In 2017, we joined the League of Champions and made a commitment to become Champions for achieving safety excellence. The goal of the League of Champions is to promote safety culture and build awareness in the industry. Our goal is to create a framework for safety awareness that will act as a lever to help industry leaders enable change in their companies and across industries. The result will be better protection for young and all workers through education and awareness.

CSSE National Winner

ESA Award

League of Champions Logo

Utilities Kingston is acting on a recommendation from KFL&A Public Health to cancel our Safety Days event for 2020.  This measure is to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to our community and our workplace. 

Keynote speaker

Wilson Bateman, Health and Safety Professional, has been engaged in the safety field for more than 25 years providing implementation, training, auditing, and management consulting services. He is a graduate of Ryerson University, Occupational Health & Safety Program, Humber College Occupational Hygiene & Safety (Honours) and Dalhousie University, Adult Education. He has been employed in many industries including; chemical, oil and gas, pulp and paper and manufacturing. 

Wilson Bateman headshot

He has consulted in Canada, United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Wilson received the Award of Merit in 1999 for outstanding service to the cause of safety on behalf of the NS Safety Council. Award of Excellence (Safety & Performance) 2015, and the SAFESTART Implementation Award 2016. Wilson has held positions including; Safety Coordinator, Director Safety Services, Regional Manager, Liberty Risk Services (Liberty Mutual) and President Global Training Edge Inc. He is the author of the 7 Pillars of Due Diligence & the 7 Safety Habits That Could Save Your Life, the World’s First Safety Self-Help Book. Wilson is an in-demand speaker and has presented on a wide range of topics including; behavious-based safety, safety leadership, due diligence, and coaching the 7 safety habits.

His presentations have been described as thought-provoking, interesting, informative and fun.

Session information

  • Industrial safety expectation session for contractors
    This course is a specific Utilities Kingston and City of Kingston health and safety requirement for contractors if they wish to be on the City of Kingston or Utilities Kingston’s pre-approved list for quotation work.
  • Traffic control person and signaller training, IHSA
    Designed to assist those who work as signallers or as traffic control persons understand the relevant legislation, learn the risks associated with their work, and find out how to manage those risks. This program enhances the content through case studies, worksheets, and an evaluation plan. Participants develop a better understanding of their roles and responsibilities as signallers and traffic control persons. More specifically, they learn a variety of ways to recognize and control hazards in their work.
  • Pre-start job planning and effective tailboards, Cliff Burton 
    Job site planning meetings (frequently referred to as a “tailboard" or “tool box" meeting)  are held before the work begins and as required during the course of the work to ensure that all workers understand the hazards, risks, and procedures associated with the job. In this program participants will learn about job planning and communication, and learn how to conduct an effective tailboard.Individuals who would benefit from this course include: anyone who could supervise any work crews in the field and other employees who may be required to act as a person in charge on any jobsite. Workers new to industry may also benefit, as participation in and understanding of on-site planning meetings is important for the safety of any job.
  • WSIB workplace excellence program & Ministry of Labour health and safety Program information session
    The WSIB (Workplace Safety and Insurance Board) health and safety excellence program is a performance-based incentive program integrating the strengths of the previous WSIB small business, safety groups and workwell programs. This new model provides a clear road map for Ontario businesses to improve workplace health and safety. WSIB will be holding an information session for contractors to learn about how they can receive rebates on their rate premiums.
  • Construction safety expectation session for contractors 
    This course is a specific Utilities Kingston and City of Kingston health and safety requirement for contractors if they wish to be on the City of Kingston or Utilities Kingston’s pre-approved list for quotation work.
  • Traffic control (Book 7), IHSA
    Every year workers are injured as a result of traffic-related incidents while performing work in and around public roadways. The Regulations for Construction Projects require employers to have a traffic protection plan in place to ensure that workers are protected. In addition, a specific traffic control plan,designed to protect both workers and road users, must be developed and available. This program assists those responsible for creating, implementing, and/or overseeing traffic control in temporary work areas to develop an effective traffic control plan. Participants are taught using typical layout case studies, Ontario Traffic Manual, Book 7, and the Regulations for Construction Projects.

Wellness fair

Again this year, participants are invited to join us for a wellness fair, for an opportunity to speak with local wellness providers, to help live a healthy lifestyle.

It is expected that more than twenty vendors will take part to discuss a variety of health and wellness topics:

  • Manley Financial
  • Homewood Solutions
  • OMERS
  • Utilities S&A Club
  • Best Health Physiotherapy
  • KFL&A Public Health
  • Better Balance Massage Therapy
  • BioPed
  • Canadian Cancer Society
  • ORCGA
  • DigSafe
  • Ontario One Call
  • IHSA
  • WSIB
  • All Safety Consulting
  • Beacon Lite