Chair's Message March 2020

I hope you all had a chance to enjoy some time with your family on the Family Day weekend. The new year is now well underway and after taking some time to reflect on strategies, goals and past successes we are all in ‘moving things forward mode.”

The BCRSP Governing Board met in Edmonton for the first meeting of 2020 and had a productive weekend.  Some of the topics discussed included:

  • a review of potential research areas of interest and potential partners,
  • a review of the ongoing government relations and advocacy work,
  • an update to the strategic plan,
  • a review of the risk registry, and
  • the CPD mandatory ethics course requirements.

As both the BCRSP and CSSE Board meetings were the same weekend in Edmonton, the two organizations also took the opportunity to meet and discuss our ongoing collaborative initiatives. Representatives from BCRSP, CSSE and ASHSP also held a meeting to discuss the next steps to advance the professional regulation initiative in Alberta.

I have been thinking about all the work we do in the safety profession and the satisfaction that comes from making a difference in people’s lives and came across this quote from Gretchin Rubin that rang true. 

"Happiness is a critical factor for work, and work is a critical factor for happiness. In one of those life-isn’t-fair results, it turns out that the happy outperform the less happy. Happy people work more hours each week – and they work more in their free time, too." – Gretchen Rubin

We all love what we do so much that we would almost do it for free! With that in mind, this post is a shout out to all those in the safety profession who do what they do because they are passionate about health and safety inside and outside the workplace. It’s so rewarding to know that we can make a difference through our efforts to improve safety and health in the workplace and in our communities.