Manufacturing Safety for Manitoba

Manufacturers’ Forum

Manufacturers’ Forum

Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Time: 8:15 a.m. to 12:10
Location: Online (Zoom platform)


8:15 a.m.  Welcome & Agenda Overview

8:20 a.m. Ice Breaker 

8:30 a.m. Winnipeg Air Testing – WATSIN and Safety in Numbers

WATSIN Presentation overview: Workplaces typically have hundreds of chemicals. Most workplaces don’t have the training to perform a credible worker assessment and the vast majority of worker exposures are never assessed. Companies lack a convenient and reliable way to estimate exposures. This leads to workers being exposed to unsafe levels of chemicals. It can also lead to controls like respirators being used for what is modest exposures which is a waste of valuable resources that could be better spent elsewhere.

The WATSIN Chemical Exposure Calculator was developed to estimate worker exposure. The purpose of the WATSIN is to allow a layperson to perform exposure assessments. Answer six simple questions and you have a reasonable prediction of worker exposure expressed as a percentage of the exposure limit.

In conjunction with a WCB grant and Safety in Numbers (SIN), Winnipeg Air Testing has gone to workplaces to collect exposure predictions using WATSIN and sample data to test and validate the WATSIN algorithm. As part of the grant, WATSIN is now available for free to all Manitoba companies at

Speaker bio: Heather Wylie, B. Sc. (Hons), CRM is an Industrial Hygienist at Winnipeg Air Testing for the last 5 years. She has performed hundreds of industrial hygiene surveys in a wide range of industries and has been a supportive role in the development of the WATSIN Chemical Exposure Calculator. She also has experience using the current version of WATSIN to predict exposures for companies and for regulatory compliance.

Safety in Numbers presentation overview: Safety in Numbers is a web-based program that walks the user through the Manitoba Health and Safety Legislation. It provides useful, practical information to explain the legislation. Each of the 40+ topics show if the user is in compliance and provides optional good practice measures to make your health and safety program even better. The program is free to use and can be found at

Speaker bio: Doug is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and Registered Safety Professional with over 30 years of experience.  He is a 2 time President of the local industrial hygiene association and has put on presentations as far away as England, Hong Kong and  Australia.  

9:10 a.m. Made Safe – Heat Stress

Presentation overview: In certain manufacturing settings employees are exposed to adverse environmental conditions such as excessive heat. This can create an unsafe workplace that could potentially result to heat-related disorders such as heat stress. Developing and implementing a heat stress management program that includes evaluation of the work environment is key. The program will identify heat-related hazards and determination of adequate control measures. This creates awareness of heat-related risks that can help prevent heat stress incidents and better productivity at the workplace.

Speaker bio: Umukoro is a safety trainer with Made Safe. He has a mechanical engineering background and MSc,. Safety Risk and Reliability Engineering. He has over 15 years experience as a health and safety professional with experience in developing and implementing health and safety programs. Umukoro is Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP).

9:50 a.m. Bothwell and Made Safe – Spill Response

Presentation overview: Aiming to provide a more practical approach to spill response training. We will discuss “planned spill response” procedures, along with other likely scenarios in a manufacturing or other heavily mechanical workplace.

Speaker bio: Jen is an individual who loves learning and helping those around her. One time, helping out almost helped Jen get very bad chemical burns when trying to use chemical dispensing equipment she was not trained to use. Jen has obtained two Bachelors in Science, with focuses in Microbiology and  Environmental Health. Jen has worked as a health inspector, as well as working in Food and Beverage Manufacturing, and is now developing her skills as a  wastewater treatment operator.

10:30 a.m. BREAK

10:40 a.m. CME and Made Safe – Lean & Green

Presentation overview: Lean and Green will discuss the seven environmental (green) wastes, and how they can be identify, measured and minimize within a manufacturing facility. The presentation will also touch upon the importance of environmental sustainability to the business as a whole.

Speaker bio: Michael is a safety trainer with Made Safe. He has a Bachelor of Environmental Science (BEnvSC) and Masters of Science (MSc), both obtained thought the University of Manitoba. Prior to working at Made Safe, he was working in the environmental field as an a biological research technician, doing field research across Western Canada.  His interest in safety and health expanded leading him to obtain a certificate in Occupational Safety and Health thought Red River College. He currently has over 3 years’ experience working in the Safety and Health field.

11:20 a.m. SAFE Work Manitoba update – Laura Farmaner, SAFE Work Manitoba

11:50 a.m. Made Safe update – Neal Curry, Made Safe

12:00 p.m. Closing comments

12:10 p.m. Forum adjourned

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