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Due to the numerous challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and disruptions to the normal operations of businesses and workplaces, the annual Gord Smith Healthy Workplace & Bike Friendly Workplace Awards have been suspended for 2020. Instead, the Working Toward Wellness (WTW) Workplace Wellness Committee in collaboration with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – Windsor-Essex County Branch, Family Services Windsor Essex (FSWE), and the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU), are excited to offer the Healthy Workplace Awards 2020. These awards have been created to recognize the efforts of businesses and workplaces supporting their employees, customers, and the broader community during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are three different categories of awards: 1) Health and Safety; 2) Mental Health Promotion; and 3) Organizational Social Responsibility. You may choose to apply for ONE, any combination of TWO, or ALL three award categories.

How to Apply for the Healthy Workplace Awards 2020

If you would like to complete an application to be considered for the Healthy Workplace Awards 2020, please click here and ensure that your application is submitted by the deadline on October 15th.

Health & Safety Award

To be recognized for this award, your organization must have demonstrated a commitment to support the health, safety, and well-being of your employees, clients, and customers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The following criteria is based on the hierarchy of hazard controls, a framework used in occupational health to protect workers and customers. The hierarchy prioritizes the implementation of the most effective health and safety measures (e.g., work from home) before considering the less effective measures (e.g., personal protective equipment) to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. The less effective measures should only be considered when it is not practical to implement the more effective measures or when otherwise mandated by your public health authority.

Click here to download the checklist to learn more about the criteria for the Health & Safety Award.


Mental Health Promotion Award

Mental health promotion is the “process of enhancing the capacity of individuals and communities to increase control over their lives and improve their mental health…It is an approach that fosters individual and community resilience and promotes socially supportive environments” (Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care [MOHLTC], 2018, p. 7; Government of Canada, 2006). The criteria for this award is based on the Mental Health Promotion Framework outlined in the “Mental Health Promotion in Windsor-Essex County” document by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU).

Click here  to download the checklist to learn more about the criteria for the Mental Health Promotion Award.


Organizational Social Responsibility Award

To be recognized for this award, your organization must have demonstrated a commitment to support the health, safety, and well-being of the community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Organizational Social Responsibility Award also helps promote a positive public image for businesses and workplaces going above and beyond to support the community’s efforts in reducing the spread of COVID-19, while addressing some of the various challenges related to the pandemic. 

Click here to download the checklist to learn more about the criteria for the Organizational Social Responsibility Award.

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