MISSISSAUGA, ONT. — Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS), the oldest and largest health and safety association in Ontario, was honoured on its 100th anniversary with congratulatory letters from some of the nation’s top political leaders.
Established as the Industrial Accident Prevention Association (IAPA) in 1917 to represent workers in the manufacturing and industrial sectors, WSPS now provides health and safety consulting to the agricultural and service sectors as well, notes a July 17 media statement.
"We’ve come a long way since 1917," says Lynn Brownell, president and CEO of WSPS, in a statement. "While we now take basic safety measures like fire-prevention sprinkler systems for granted, workers a hundred years ago did not enjoy the same safeguards. Going to work back then involved being exposed to high risk environments on a daily basis."
Today, WSPS supports workplace health and safety programs for over 165,000 businesses employing more than four-million Ontarians.
"Our government is committed to helping ensure healthy, safe and harmonious workplaces, and we deeply value our partnership with WSPS in furthering this important work," says Kevin Flynn, Ontario’s minister of labour.
The WSPS website features a history of the organization plus congratulatory letters from Governor General David Johnston, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Flynn.