ABOUT MANUFACTURERS' HEALTH & SAFETY ASSOCIATION
The Manufacturers' Health & Safety Association (MHSA) was formed in 1993 at the request of the metal fabricating industry in order to reduce injuries in the steel fabricating industry.
The MHSA was originally the Metal Fabricating Health & Safety Association. The name was changed in late 1999 to allow companies in the entire manufacturing sector to have an association they could work with regarding occupational health & safety and Workers' Compensation issues.
The mandate of the MHSA is to promote and present health and safety training programs for employers and employees in the manufacturing industry and provide assistance to employers and employees who have problems within the Workers' Compensation system.
We represent companies in agriculture manufacturing, building erection, compressor manufacturing, electronics, fencing, furniture manufacturing, machine shops, oilfield servicing, plastics, scrap and salvage, steel fabricating, steel sales and service, wood working as well as a number of smaller manufacturers.
The MHSA is funded through a levy on the companies Alberta Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) premium assessment. However, the MHSA is not a government organization. It is not directly related to the WCB or Workplace Health & Safety other than working with these organizations to promote safety in the manufacturing industry.
The Association has offices in Edmonton and Rocky View with a staff of twelve working from these two locations. Our main training is offered from these two locations but training is also offered in Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Red Deer, Lloydminster and Grande Prairie.
The Association has been involved in the Partners in Injury Reduction Program since 1994. Since 1994 +$9,000,000 has been rebated to companies who have successfully implemented and maintained their safety programs. This has also resulted to positive reductions in our WCB Industry Rates.
Accident costs and WCB costs and the related employee pain and suffering can be a major cost to your business. One of the ways to control these costs is for employers to establish or maintain effective safety and disability management programs. As an Association, we assist employers and employees with these programs.