Shortly after the release of PCL’s Construction Smarts and Life Saving Absolutes (personal
directives to take responsibility for one’s own safety and the safety of
others, and non-negotiable guidelines for safety) members of PCL Toronto’s
District Safety Committee challenged each other to think of innovative ways to
promote industry engagement.
“Collectively, we decided that an open forum fostering the
development of positive relationships between our senior management and trade
ownership would promote a collaborative approach to safety excellence that
would help to drive the messaging down to the workforce, and in turn,
positively influence the culture we all strive for,” says PCL Toronto vice
president and district manager Kelly Wallace.
Throughout 2015 and 2016, PCL Toronto’s Health Safety and
Environment (HSE) and senior management team conducted Partnering to Zero
seminars involving participants from 95 trade partners and senior managers.
“During the seminars, it became evident that the open forum
was of great value in enabling collaboration and sharing of best practices
between companies, and throughout these discussions, participants collectively
agreed that safety should not be proprietary, and that the sharing of
safety-related resources would be a catalyst to improve and enhance our
industry safety culture,” says Sean Scott, PCL Toronto senior district HSE
Feedback gained from the sessions included:
- Challenges surrounding the understanding and execution of
PCL’s HSE program;
- Requests for easier accessibility to HSE resources and
information library; and
- Requests for ongoing updates and historical trade HSE
Industry Best Practices
“We listened to the feedback shared by our partners, and
came up with an action plan to deliver on what would best serve the interests
of all workers,” says Scott.
In response, Scott’s team developed a Project Document
Controls (PDC) site to share previously proprietary safety information with its
partners, including fully downloadable documents that
cover PCL’s HSE operating procedures, industry best practices, legislative
requirements and provincial resources; as well as templates and industry best
practices to develop and enhance their internal HSE infrastructure.
“We initially shared unique links with secure passwords for
our partners in Fall of 2017, however this platform proved to be challenging
from an accessibility and administrative perspective. In the spirit of further
solidifying our belief that safety is not proprietary we decided to make this
available to all of our industry,” shares Scott.
Toronto’s HSE team continues to strategize on next steps for
the platform and an upload function is in the works for trade partners to
submit their annual trade contractor evaluation documents and project specific
premobilization and monthly safety submittals, which would further streamline
and provide both project personnel and trades with superior efficiencies in the
administration of HSE requirements.
To date, feedback received has indicated that PCL’s decision
to share its safety resources will help to push the industry further and sets a
great example for others to follow.
“Together, with a continued focus
on safety leadership – to take responsibility for our own safety and the safety
of others by requiring all workers to understand and comply with HSE
requirements, intervene whenever needed and identify and mitigate hazards prior
to activities, we will continue to improve and enhance our industry’s culture,
as only by working together as partners and not individual companies will we achieve
our shared goal of zero incidents,” concludes Wallace.
can access PCL Toronto District’s HSE Resource Portal here.