2015 Canadian Safety Leader of the Year Finalist

Safety Leader of the Year Finalist Theo Heineman

Canadian Occupational Safety launched its Safety Leader of the Year award in 2006 to find and recognize the individual who best exemplifies leadership and vision in the world of occupational health and safety in Canada.

1Life is very proud and grateful that our President, Theo Heineman was recognized as one of three finalists. Theo accepted her award at a Toronto Gala on October 28, 2015.

Theo’s vision and tireless efforts have resulted in significant improvement to health and safety for hundreds of organizations through a team of highly skilled and committed safety professionals combined the development of user friendly software tools.

The first of these tools was mySafetyAssistant (mSA), an innovative proprietary web-based platform providing business owners with their own “Virtual Safety Professional.” mSA provides 24/7 access to their company branded Workplace Safety and Health portal containing professionally developed Safety Management System elements, resources and a suite of high impact online training courses all specific to Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health legislation. mSA provides ongoing support through continuous technical and legislative updates, safe work procedures, safety talks, hazard alerts based on current incidents, tutorials, expert interviews, record keeping systems, and more.

The second software tool was developed to help prime contractors with their responsibility for the safety of any sub-contractors they hire. myContractorManager, a user friendly web based Wizard, makes evaluating sub-contractors quick and easy. The built in wizard intuitively knows what qualifying questions to ask sub-contractors when a hazard or risk is stated, what verifying documentation to request and creates permanent records that are all kept in one location for due diligence. Incident investigations reveal over and over again that pieces of the contractor evaluation were missing. myContractorManager has also been envisioned to give sub-contractors the ability to establish themselves as a good risk and potentially affording them a competitive advantage and helping them to win more bids.

Other projects Theo passionately guided was the development of a Free On Line Safety Training Program for all Youth aged 15 – 24 as a way to help empower young workers to know their rights and responsibilities and help ensure a bright and prosperous future.

We want to congratulate the overall winner: Roxanne McKendry, employee health and safety manager at Carewest. The COS Safety Leader of the Year award is continuing the search for exceptional leaders making a huge difference in the lives of workers by ensuring that they can safely go home to their family at the end of the day.

Do you know a deserving Safety Leader? The winner is chosen by a third-party panel of OHS experts from across the country. Nominations run from March to June.