This has been quite the ride 2020 has taken us on and life has changed significantly since my last message. The impact of COVID-19 and how we interact with each other at work and in public will be forever changed. I know we have all been very busy writing policy and procedures, implementing changes, adjusting work to a home environment for your organization and then making more changes on the fly when new reliable information or recommendations are communicated. I would like to send a big thank you to all OHS practitioners as some of the unsung heroes of the COVID-19 crisis.
The quotation by Gretchen Rubin from my last message still resonates, possibly more now than before. It is a good thing we went into this challenging time happy with what we chose to do for a living. For those of you who missed it, the quote is:
"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
The BCRSP Governing Board discussed how we can help certificants focus on the current demands on their time and have delayed the deadline for CMP submissions to May 31, 2020. The Board will also be discussing the impact of COVID-19 on applicants and certificants in more detail at our June Governing Board meeting.
Based on current government restrictions the Governing Board will hold their June meeting and the Annual General Meeting (AGM) virtually. I am disappointed we will not be able to connect with certificants in and around Halifax as well as others that would have joined us in person at the AGM. All certificants have already been sent an email regarding the AGM and I hope that you will be able to join us virtually on June 29.
One of my personal goals for this year was to make the Governing Board more approachable, which on some levels has become a challenge when electronic and virtual communications are the only options. On the other hand many events have now transitioned to virtual meetings giving access to more certificants than would normally be able to attend in person events.
We have received great feedback on the virtual town hall events we have held (two to date) and we will continue to explore different ways of communicating and connecting virtually in the future.
We have learned that this virtual connection is not just for times of crisis but also a great tool to connect across our country in a timely way! I look forward to participating in as many of these virtual events as possible to spread the word about the benefits of certification in safety.
Monica A. Szabo, BES, OHST, CRSP, ROH, CMM III
Chair, BCRSP Governing Board