Company & Consultant Bio:
Spenser E. MacPherson is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) with experience implementing and developing Health, Safety and Environment programs in a variety of industries. Some of these include: aerospace, construction, education, forest products, mining, oil & gas, shipbuilding and legislative enforcement.
After 12 years as a carpenter, Spenser started his safety career in 1997 where he worked for health and safety management consultant for a year. This year was a good learning experience performing hazard assessments, writing procedures and policy. He also developed and wrote a Supervisory Safety Management course Manual for Leal International Inc. in Calgary.
Spenser took the opportunity to get back into construction and was hired as the Safety and Loss Prevention Coordinator for CANA Management’s (Calgary) $150 M Telus Convention Centre and Hyatt Hotel Projects. Shortly after that he was in charge of the company’s remaining $80-$100 M/Annum jobs. Spenser managed all facets of safety at the large site and with CANA. Tasks included, but were not limited to the following:
• Prepare an implement all aspects of the site safety plan.
• Orientation of all new workers to the site/company.
• Performing Hazard Assessments
• Member of the several Safety Committees
• Incident and special Investigations
• Industrial hygiene studies and abatements
• Procedure development
• Tool Box meeting scheduling, providing supervisors with syllabus
• Enforcement of all Company Policies and Rules.
While in Alberta, Spenser was involved with the Alberta Construction Safety Association (ACSA). He sat on the Calgary Regional Safety Committee and was designated as Construction Safety Officer (CSO) through the ACSA. Here he gained extensive experience evaluating other company’s health and safety programs through the Peer Auditing program this is a joint certification by Alberta Human Resources and Development and the ACSA.
After moving back to PEI in 2000, Spenser continued to develop his skills with further courses at the Nova Scotia Construction Safety Association and has met the requirements for the Construction Health and Safety Officer (CHSO) designation.
Spenser again returned to PEI to work for the WCB as a Health & Safety Officer in the Summerside area. This was primary inspection and investigation duties. Here, he got a good understanding of the maturity of island companies with respect to health, safety and environmental management.
Spenser worked for UPEI for 1.5 years and produced a good start on developing a complex Health and Safety Program and Committee structure for the institution. He also worked 1.5 years with Honeywell in the aerospace industry; similarly, he developed a health and safety program for that site from development to conception.
In 2003, Spenser began offering Confined Space Awareness for the Construction Association of PEI. Later, a Fall Protection Course was developed and delivered.
Spenser has recently started his own consulting business with the hope of working with Island employers and trades people. Safety Excellence Management will perform a variety of services and training outlined in the web site.
Spenser has maintained involvement and participation in the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) and other Professional Development opportunities. Keeping up to date on all the available resources is necessary to providing good services to clients. Spenser currently sits on the national Advocacy Committee of the CSSE and works diligently to promote smart safety practices and upholding the integrity of the profession.