Safety is a top priority at Winnipeg Fleet Management Agency. Through the continuous review and improvement of operations, this ensures that all facets of the organization are safe for staff, customers and contractors. WFMA has been accredited with Safe Work Certification. WFMA is the first City department and first self-insured organization in Manitoba to achieve certification.
WFMA has a dedicated safety officer who ensures that Agency operations are in compliance with all municipal, provincial and federal safety regulations. This involves continual review of safety practices and ongoing implementation of new regulatory requirements.
Best Practices and Policies
In addition to ensuring regulatory compliance, the Agency goes one step further and implements industry best practices from a safety perspective. Some examples include:
- The Agency has recently launched a new safety procedure for tire wheels whereby indicators are installed on the lug nuts that easily flag whether the vehicles wheel nuts are safely secured for driving
- The agency installed an evacuation emergency alarm system in all facilities and offices that will notify personnel in the event of an emergency
- The Agency replaced existing table saws with the ‘safe saw’ that greatly enhances the safety of the employees by ensuring the saw will turn off automatically if it comes into contact with skin
The Agency continually evaluates and investigates new technologies in the areas of safety and best practices that can improve the safe work environment for staff and customers.
The Agency makes a continual effort to improve the safety of daily working environments in our vehicle and equipment repair facilities. Some examples of recent improvements include a major upgrading of our largest repair facility where a new air ventilation system was installed, new vehicle hoists were installed and lighting and flooring were upgraded to improve the work environment. Additionally, all facilities use solvent-free parts cleaners which reduces exposure to known carcinogens. The Agency has implemented these safety initiatives on a pro-active basis to ensure the health and safety of staff.
The Agency ensures all vehicles are safe for use by customers. This
is done in part through the Agency providing expert safety advice to customers prior to
vehicle purchase to ensure the vehicle will be equipped with the appropriate safety
devices, while meeting the operational requirements of the vehicle. The Agency also
conducts a detailed safety inspection prior to releasing the vehicle to the customer.
Additionally the Agency conducts detailed vehicle accident reporting investigations that serve to provide information to customers regarding vehicle accidents.