Those Who Keep Us Safe Deserve Recognition
Do you work with someone who epitomizes a safety leader? Who is there to look out for the entire team, the business or your customers? Does your safety leader work tirelessly to innovate new ways to keep everybody safe? Perhaps they should be recognized as the 2016 Safety Professional of the Year?
Do you know of an organization or an individual who has made a lasting impact on the safety of those who live, work and play in this province? Perhaps they are deserving of a place in the Saskatchewan Safety Hall of Fame?
Nominations are now open for both prestigious awards.
Safety Professional of the Year Award
Each year, the Safety Professional of the Year Award is presented by the Saskatchewan Safety Council and the Northern Light and South Saskatchewan Chapters of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering.
First presented in 1985, the Safety Professional of the Year Award is given to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the field of safety and injury prevention throughout the past year.
The 2015 award recipient was Ryan Bast (Safety Advisor – Motor Safety Association of Saskatchewan). When presenting, Phil Germain (the 2014 winner), referred to Ryan as an individual who “raises the bar and is a tireless promoter of injury prevention.”
Who do you know that is a tireless promoter of injury prevention and safe choices? Who is the next Safety Professional of the Year?
Saskatchewan Safety Hall of Fame
The Hall honors individuals of noteworthy achievement in the field of Health and Safety, and records their accomplishments for future generations.
The award was conceived to give recognition to the people and organizations that have permanently shaped and impacted safety in our province. These individuals and organizations have positively changed our attitudes, processes, and the safety culture of our society. The large majority of these influencers continues to go unrecognized.
The Saskatchewan Safety Hall of Fame is a joint initiative between the Saskatchewan Safety Council and two Canadian Society of Safety Engineering Saskatchewan Chapters - the Northern Light Chapter and the South Saskatchewan Chapter.
Inductions take place annually, and several individuals and/or organizations may be inducted each year. There are three classes of inductees: Builders, Volunteers and Safety Professionals.
Builders are individuals involved in the early development of injury prevention and safety promotion in Saskatchewan. This involvement could be either as a volunteer or safety professional.
Volunteers are non-paid safety and injury prevention promoters. This could include professionals who made significant contributions outside of their work. Their nomination would be based on their volunteer work.
Professionals are those working in the field of safety and injury prevention.
The 2015 inductee to the Saskatchewan Safety Hall of Fame was Eldeen Poznaik.
Eldeen is one of the most recognizable safety professionals today. Not only in Saskatchewan or Canada… but throughout the world.
Eldeen has provided executive-level multi-project management, oversight and direction of the safety management system, program elements and organizational culture from strategic and action plans to on-site implementation. This includes Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Northern Ireland, UAW, Bahrain and the United States; primarily in the mining, construction, manufacturing and government sectors.
Locally, Eldeen has been a professor for the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan, as well as a lecturer for SIAST. She has worked with dozens of local organizations, bringing her world expertise to Saskatchewan.
Internationally, her organization Pozniak Safety Associates has worked with government agencies in the GCC region Al Alin Municipality of the United Arab Emirates to write and develop their occupational health and safety regulations, and to setup their overseeing regulatory body.
Pozniak Safety Associates has also worked on projects such as the senior level strategic action plans for implementation of Safety Management System and Risk Management on the Dubai World Project Palm Island.
Not only is Eldeen sought after internationally for her contribution on program and regulatory development, she is also a sought after speaker for such events as the International Organization for Safety and Health, the American Society of Safety Engineering Professional Development conferences, the World Congress on Safety and Health at Work and IIR Management Middle Eastern conferences.
She has spoken at the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering Professional Development conferences and at many Saskatchewan Industrial Safety Seminars. Eldeen has been actively involved in her local CSSE chapter Northern Lights, and has volunteered with the Saskatchewan Safety Council’s Industrial Safety Seminar Steering Committee. She also served nationally as Regional Vice President, President and Past President of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering.
She currently is the President-elect of the International Network of Safety and Health Practitioner Organizations, which represents health and safety practitioners from 11 different countries and spearheads international collaboration for injury prevention.
She has been published many times in various magazines, newspapers and publications. Eldeen has previously been recognized as the Saskatchewan Safety Professional of the Year, the Canadian Safety Professional of the Year, the American Society of Safety Engineers 100 Women Making a Difference in Safety, Health and Environment, and the YWCA Women of Distinction Award.
Eldeen can often be heard saying that she takes “Saskatchewan to the World and the World to Saskatchewan”. She has forever changed injury prevention around the world and here within Saskatchewan.
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