WNH’s commitment to health and safety encompasses mental health awareness. WNH was the only Local Distribution Company among 10 Ontario workplaces selected to participate in the Roadmap to Psychological Safety in the Workplace program by Howatt HR, Workplace Safety and Prevention Services, and St Mary’s University. In August, WNH employees participated in the voluntary Mental Fitness Index Survey. The purpose was to help WNH understand the factors that affect employees’ experiences at work. The results can help WNH take actions to create a safer, healthier, more supportive, and more productive workplace. Employee participation eclipsed the 30 percent target by reaching 44 percent.

The utility’s mental and physical health and safety efforts earned national recognition, as WNH was awarded the 2021 Excellence Awards in Psychological Safety and Wellness and Safest Electrical Utility from Canada’s Safest Employer.

Training offered to staff includes:
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods
  • Working at Heights
  • Workplace Mental Health: How Managers Should Respond
  • Workplace Mental Health: Raising Awareness
  • Joint Health and Safety Certification
  • Mental Health Awareness Training
  • Emergency First Aid
  • Lift Truck training
  • Utility Work Protection Code Recertification
  • Basics of Supervising
  • Collaborative Performance Management
  • Traffic Control Temporary Work Zones
  • Mobile Crane 0-8 Tonne
  • Rubber Glove Use
  • Confined Spaces Training
  • Rescue Practice training