Collaboration leads to health and safety enhancements at DCC and DND

Recipients of DND’s Well Done Award for excellence in workplace health and safety. Front: Renée Roussel, Michelle Carrière, Laura Blais, Christine Émond and Luc Pagé. Back: Scott Munn, Raouf Greiss, Andrew Buchan and Benoit Gignac. Absent: Gaétan Morinville.
Recipients of DND’s Well Done Award for excellence in workplace health and safety. Front: Renée Roussel, Michelle Carrière, Laura Blais, Christine Émond and Luc Pagé. Back: Scott Munn, Raouf Greiss, Andrew Buchan and Benoit Gignac. Absent: Gaétan Morinville.

The collaborative efforts of a joint DCC/DND committee are helping improve how health and safety is managed at both organizations.

When DCC and DND colleagues relocated to the same Ottawa office space in October 2010 to jointly manage infrastructure projects, an 11-person committee—made up of mostly DND employees with a healthy representation from DCC—was struck to help ensure a safe move and to develop and implement a health and safety program for the office’s 300 staff.

Since then, the committee has carried out a structured evaluation of the program, soliciting input from employees—a diverse group involved in project, contract and design management, and engineering and technical inspections (e.g. fire marshal)—through a survey, and brainstorming by committee members.

It came up with seven improvement themes, with specific activities to implement under each. For example, committee members worked together to develop a wellness program for the office, including lunch and learn sessions featuring presentations by experts, a newsletter and a bulletin board to post health and wellness-related information for staff.

The program improvements, in turn, have been recommended to DND management for implementation across that organization and have similarly been submitted to DCC’s Ideas at Work innovation program.

“When you bring together project experts from diverse backgrounds, and set aside time to work on a corporate goal in a structured and deliberate fashion, you create an environment where innovation can happen,” says Scott Munn, Technical Specialist, Project Management, who is the committee’s management co-chair, along with employee co-chair and DCC colleague Michelle Carrière, Coordinator, Project Management.

The collaboration is also helping DCC bring greater value to DND, Munn adds. “Our experience working on projects with the Client-Partner means we can also bring techniques such as value engineering to address corporate effectiveness and efficiency issues. The majority of the employees [in the joint project management office] work for DND and these health and safety improvements will benefit them.”

The Client-Partner recently recognized committee members’ hard work and dedication to health and safety and innovation. In September 2014, the committee received DND’s Well Done Award for excellence in workplace health and safety.


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