The Industrial Educational Cooperative is pleased to have launched a new regional registration application on Wednesday, Oct. 28.
The new system simplifies the user experience by modernizing the process used to search, register and pay for IEC courses, while also enhancing the user’s ability to track, verify, and report training information.
New cards include ‘Quick Response’ (QR) code technology that can be used to verify competencies in a wide range of applications. Most importantly, any security vulnerabilities identified with the previous registration system have now been addressed and system speed/performance has greatly improved.
The IEC Registration staff and Project Team spent the past year configuring the system to meet the unique needs of our region. This same group then challenged the system through months of testing with the intention of finding flaws and verifying functionality. Further, they worked with the IEC Program Development team to develop training materials for user reference. The final product was tabled to the 777 Strategy Committee who then made a recommendation to the IEC Board to move forward with launch of the application.
Prior to the launch of the application, over 100 people were trained by IEC staff on the system to help ensure a smooth regional transition to the new tool.
Since the launch, more than 400 accounts have been created for users from approximately 200 companies. Additionally, more than 700 trainees have been scheduled for courses through the new application and more than one third of scheduled courses have been paid for through the IEC’s new credit card pre-payment capabilities ensuring efficiency and effectiveness.
The IEC would like to thank Datarowe Inc. for their hard work on the development and launch of the application, as well as the input from all Safety Partnership members who participated in the project.
The Sarnia-Lambton Industrial Educational Cooperative (IEC) is pleased to announce the hiring of Johnie Kerr as our new COVID Control Specialist.
Created in partnership between the IEC, Employment Transitions, and Express Employment Professionals, this role helps to enhance infection control at the IEC while also offering an exciting opportunity for someone who faces personal barriers to employment in our community.
The IEC General Manager proposed this to leaders from our member sites, local contractors and building trades. The creation of this role received their endorsement and was formally tabled to the IEC Board of Directors who gave it unanimous approval. Throughout this process, companies shared positive experiences working with people who have different abilities and highlighted how all businesses need workers to fit jobs, but jobs also need to fit workers.
As part of his duties with the IEC, Kerr receives workers upon arrival at the IEC training facility where he reminds them all to review the IEC COVID screening questions, offers hand sanitizer, and thanks workers for wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing.
This is only the latest step of many implemented through the IEC Partnership who have met weekly from February to June to share, coordinate, and align on best practices for the management of COVID-19 across our region. Since June, bi-weekly meetings have continued through the Sarnia Construction Association to stay on top of national, provincial and local trends and realize learnings together as one regional integrated team.
The success of this initiative by the IEC has created a template for Express Employment Professionals to work off of in partnership with other companies who are interested in enhancing their COVID protocols while also offering employment to qualified candidates in need of employment.
The Sarnia-Lambton Industrial Educational Cooperative’s move to its new home at the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park has provided training opportunities for its member companies above and beyond the IEC’s core offerings.
With additional space located throughout the Park thanks to a number of conference rooms and board rooms available for rent, the IEC has the ability to accommodate training requests of virtually any capacity on-site, allowing for optimized instructor support and the IEC’s full repertoire of services nearby.
Recently, the IEC partnered with Suncor to facilitate a seven week stretch of high-volume, site specific training.
The IEC was able to provide administrative services in securing the training rooms, allowing for Suncor instructors to keep their training supplies and materials in one location, while also offering trainees easy access to lunch services provided by the Research Park cafeteria. Locating the training at the Research Park also enabled physical distancing practices to be put in place while still serving the high-volume of training required.
An additional benefit of locating training in such close proximity to the IEC’s offices is the ability for students to easily access other core IEC training services, such as Basic Safety Orientation, Fit Testing, Confined Space Entry, and Working At Heights.
To inquire about additional site-specific training capabilities that can be facilitated through the IEC and the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park, please contact the IEC at 519-383-1222.
The Sarnia-Lambton Industrial Educational Cooperative 777 Strategy Committee have approved the following colour code requirements for annual inspections.
The intent of this regional guideline is to establish one consistent reference colour that can be used across all worksites and with all work crews for quick confirmation of annual tool inspection prior to use. Some examples of inspection items that require annual inspection include:
- Fall-arrest equipment
- Electrical equipment
- Other time-sensitive items
Please consult company-specific standards for other internal inspection requirements regarding quarterly, monthly, and pre-use inspections.
The Colour Coding sheet and other downloadable IEC resources are available by clicking HERE.
Beginning in early March, the Sarnia-Lambton Industrial Educational Cooperative extended its reach and influence across the region to help ensure that the risks associated with COVID-19 were understood and best practices and learnings were shared as part of a regional commitment to continuous improvement.
Before Ontario was under a State of Emergency, IEC leadership had begun to monitor the progression of the pandemic and contacted Lambton Public Health on March 10 to establish a baseline of regional best practices with the IEC 7-7-7 Committee. This allowed the area’s industrial sites, building trades, and the IEC to work in conjunction with Sarnia Construction Association members to quickly respond to the Provincial State of Emergency on March 17.
Shortly after the State of Emergency was announced, the 7-7-7 Committee began meeting bi-weekly to develop best practices, discuss the risks associated with the virus, and adopt a regional strategy for ensuring the safety of all workers and their families while continuing essential work. These meetings were conducted using emerging remote work technology, allowing for significant contribution from site, project, and contractor Joint Health and Safety Committees in determining the region’s industrial response to the pandemic.
Since March 19, the IEC has helped facilitate significant donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) and sanitizing products to Bluewater Health from stakeholder and member companies, while a number of member companies have also made financial and PPE donations directly to the Hospital.
On top of making a $40,000 donation to the City of Sarnia, which aided in the set up of the Field Hospital at Lambton College in the event of an influx of COVID-19 patients in the Sarnia-Lambton area, the IEC, CAER, and SLEA helped make the MyCNN technology available to area municipal officials, enabling them to inform the public of actions required to respond to the pandemic.
The IEC would like to thank all of its stakeholders and member companies for their commitment to maintaining the health and well-being of the area’s workers, their families, and the community as a whole through a coordinated and mindful response to an uncertain situation.
In compliance with the City of Sarnia’s By-Law 76 of 2020, all visitors to the Sarnia-Lambton Industrial Educational Cooperative are required to wear a mask or face covering while inside the building beginning Friday, July 31, 2020.
This is embedded in the IEC’s extensive procedural changes that were implemented in March to accommodate physical distancing and heightened cleaning practices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Visitors to the IEC are required to wear a mask or face covering which covers the nose, mouth, and chin. Masks or face coverings can be cloth (non-medical), disposable, or medical grade. Should a visitor to the IEC not have a mask or face covering with them when they arrive, IEC Registration will provide them with one.
Further information on the City of Sarnia’s By-Law 76 of 2020 can be found by clicking HERE.
For questions on the IEC’s COVID-19 protocols and practices, please contact us at 519-383-1222.
The IEC is all settled into its new home six months after moving to the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park.
An extensive construction project that was led by Dixin Construction Ltd, the IEC’s new facility saw work crews from eight different companies and seven different union halls put in 3,000 injury free work hours to create a welcoming, modern adult education environment. The move to the new facility with larger classrooms and improved ventilation also helped the IEC quickly respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by allowing for enhanced physical distancing practices within learning spaces.
The staff at the IEC would like to recognize Dixin Construction Ltd., Kelly Electrical Services, Ainsworth/TSM Ltd., Fabbri Tile, Paramount Painters, CIS Limited, LiUNA Local 1089 Labourers, A F Of L Carpenters Local 1256, IBEW Local 530, SMWIA Local 235, UA Local 663, A F Of L Bricklayers Local 23, and IUPAT Local 1590 for exceptional work on the facility.
The new home of the IEC can be found at:
Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park
Building 1020, Suite 100N
1086 Modeland Road
Visitors looking for directions to the IEC’s new home can find them by clicking HERE.
The IEC and its member companies understand the importance of teamwork in safely and successfully accomplishing all tasks on the worksite and in developing regional training materials that facilitate those safe work practices.
To showcase teamwork in the Sarnia-Lambton area, the entrance of the CAER, IEC, and SLEA offices has been designed to look like a hockey dressing room, complete with the jerseys of ‘teammates’ who are committed to the goal of an injury and illness free workplace. This design was expertly constructed by a group of retired members of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Sarnia Local 1256.
The IEC would like to invite all member sites, local building trades, and Sarnia Construction Association members who would like to display their jersey alongside other stakeholders to contact Shaun Bisson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.