Main photo: Ron Dahl accepts the WSIB award on behalf of his company, First General Muskoka (WSIB / YouTube)
Submitted by WSIB Ontario
The top three recipients of the Small Business Health and Safety Leadership Awards were announced during the WSIB’s Celebration of Health and Safety event on November 25, 2021.
First General Muskoka, a small construction business owned and operated by Ron Dahl, has provided emergency and catastrophic home restoration services to the Huntsville community for more than 16 years.
The company was recognized as this year’s Silver Level winners of the WSIB’s Small Business Health and Safety Leadership Awards and were presented with $3,000 that can be invested in health and safety.
Following a tragic situation involving an employee, the management team at First General Muskoka has made their employees’ mental health a key priority in their health and safety efforts. Over the past year, they’ve enhanced their Worker Wellbeing Program to better address and support mental health issues – both inside and outside the workplace.
“We believe health and safety goes beyond preventing workplace incidents and injuries,” said Ron Dahl, owner of First General Muskoka. “It starts with cultivating a safe and healthy work culture that prioritizes a strong, positive workplace attitude.”
First General Muskoka recognizes that mental health is 24/7 – not just 9-5. Workplace well-being isn’t just something they talk about; they embody it through their practice by living it each and every day.
“We’re grateful to have this platform to share our story about our approach to workplace health and safety,” added Dahl. “When it comes down to it, sharing is caring in this industry, it’s how we learn and make small steps towards improvement.”
And that’s exactly what this year’s WSIB Small Business Health and Safety Leadership Awards endorsed – small steps that lead to big impacts in health and safety. Since 2020 especially, small businesses owners have had to adapt quickly, put workplace health and safety first, and find new and creative ways to improve how they do things. The annual awards recognize and applaud all of the efforts made by small businesses to keep their team, their customers and their communities safe – whether it is through small steps or big changes.
To view a recording of the live-streamed Celebration of Health and Safety event, visit the WSIB’s YouTube page.
Also, check out wsib.ca for more on all of the 2021 winners and learn how they are keeping their workplaces healthy and safe.
Additionally, submissions for the 2022 Small Business Health and Safety Leadership Awards will be open next spring/early summer – more information on deadlines and application requirements will be available in the coming months on the WSIB website.
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