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IHSA, union to launch independent assessment focused on ensuring an inclusive work environment

by HR Law Canada

The Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA) is partnering with the Ontario Compensation Employees Union (OCEU/CUPE 1750) to launch an independent assessment, aimed at identifying potential areas for improvement in IHSA’s approach to equitable employee experiences.

This joint initiative seeks to illuminate any gaps in the organization’s practices, policies, and collective agreement language, especially in areas related to recruitment, retention, development, and mentorship.

“The agreement reached with the IHSA, represents a major step towards a more inclusive workplace,” says Harry Goslin, president of OCEU/CUPE 1750. “Through the independent assessment, we will work together to address any identified gaps that will provide opportunities for professional development and advancement.”

Both organizations have reiterated their commitment to establishing a workplace culture that celebrates equity, diversity, and inclusivity. The goal is to ensure that no systemic barriers hinder employees, especially when it comes to important areas of professional growth.

Enzo Garritano, IHSA’s President and CEO stated, “I want to thank our dedicated staff for their past, current, and future efforts in supporting and fostering a workplace that embraces diversity and inclusion, as we continue to build a more equitable employment experience.”

Representing over 3,700 members employed by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) and the IHSA, the OCEU/CUPE 1750 plays a pivotal role in ensuring the safety of workers in high-risk sectors such as construction, electrical utilities, and transportation industries. The IHSA is renowned for providing vital health and safety training and resources to these sectors, with OCEU members at the forefront of delivering training to mitigate work-related hazards.

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