Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Labour Shortage - The Need to Encourage Women into Manufacturing

 

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to participate in the Women in Manufacturing initial stakeholder meeting hosted by CME, where the goal is to increase the number of women working in manufacturing. Some of you may be thinking, “What’s the big deal? Why does it matter where women work?”. There are more great reasons than you may think other than the obvious one of breaking down gender barriers. The number one issue reported by manufacturers in CME’s 2016 Management Issues Survey is a severe shortage of skilled workers. To fill this shortage, we will need an increase in both male and female workers into the manufacturing sector.

 

You may be wondering just how large is this gap of women workers in the manufacturing sector? Here’s a few interesting stats published by CME.

 

  • Women represent only

 

                 - 4.4% of jobs in industrial, electrical and construction trades

 

                 - 4.5% of jobs in maintenance and equipment operation trades

 

                 - 8.3% of jobs in transportation and heavy equipment operation

 

                 - 15.7% of jobs in machine operation

  • The share of manufacturing jobs held by women has not changed in over thirty years.
  • The number of young women entering manufacturing has been decreasing over the last thirty years, from 34% to only 25%.

 

 

Women aged 15 - 24 working in manufacturing

Source: CME Summary Paper: Untapped Potential - Attracting and engaging women in Canadian manufacturing

 

So, what can be done to close the gender gap? That is what the Women in Manufacturing Action Group is working on. Since its establishment in 2017, they have completed a survey and published an action plan, held annual forums, spread the word through government and media outlets and they are just starting to establish provincial WIM member groups with Manitoba being the first.

 

 

At the Manitoba kickoff meeting, the support was overwhelming from local manufacturers and the brainstorming session was energetic and hopeful. Many ideas were brought forward including discussions around struggles with childcare, work life balance and shift work, ways to get youth engaged, improving the image of manufacturing and highlighting the vast array of opportunities and skillsets needed in manufacturing.

 

 

The first meeting in Manitoba was a huge success. Keep in contact with us and CME to learn more as this initiative begins to rollout and gain momentum.

 

 

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Mastering Machine Risk Assessments Course

Moving machine parts have the potential to cause severe injuries in the workplace and a significant percentage of injuries in the workplace can be attributed to machine-related incidents each year. Machine safeguarding measures are essential to protecting the workers who come into contact with machines as part of their job duties. Any machine that may cause injury must be safeguarded.

Task-based risk assessments are the key to successful machine guarding plans. Join us for this one day class as we teach the CSA Z432-16 risk assessment methodology through classroom learning and shop floor exercises. A proper risk assessment will allow you to design custom guarding solutions, gain support and buy-in from all affected parties, install the right solution the first time and show your due diligence.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Advanced Energy Control" How to Elevate Your Lockout Program

Contact with energy sources or energized machine components can be fatal. If you have equipment at your workplace, you will likely require your workers to perform tasks within or near hazardous areas. A solid lockout program is vital to protect the lives of these workers.

Most companies are aware of the need for lockout to be performed, but due to the significant risk to worker's lives many companies are looking for ways to elevate their lockout program beyond just the minimum compliance requirements. Join us for this one day course where we will go beyond the basics of lockout and take a look at the world class recommendations within CSA Standard Z460: Control of Hazardous Energy - Lockout and Other Methods. Topics covered will include identifying energy sources and hazards, energy isolating and lockout devices, designing with energy isolation in mind, risk assessment role in energy isolation, lockout program components and special circumstances including control methods beyond lockout. We will also learn about the importance of machine specific lockout procedures, why they are becoming the new expectation in manufacturing, important features to include in your procedures and review some common examples and themes.

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Thursday, August 02, 2018

CSA Z432-16 Safeguarding of Machinery Training

CSA Z432-16 Safeguarding of Machinery

Moving machine parts have the potential to cause severe injuries in the workplace and a significant percentage of injuries in the workplace can be attributed to machine-related incidents each year. Machine safeguarding measures are essential to protecting the workers who come into contact with machines as part of their job duties. Any machine that may cause injury must be safeguarded.

The third edition of CSA Z432- Safeguarding of Machinery specifies requirements for the design, manufacture (including remanufacture and rebuilding), installation, maintenance, operation, and safeguarding of industrial equipment to prevent injuries and accidents and enhance the safety of personnel who operate, assemble, and maintain machinery. The need for a new edition was prompted by the changing technology related to these machines and the wish of stakeholders, including regulators, employers, manufacturers, and labour, for a document that would reflect the latest thinking concerning operator and equipment safety. 

Join us for the one-day course as we walk you through how to apply this crutial CSA standard at your workplace through clear explanation, real-life examples and practical exercises.

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