About Bruno Gagné
During my career, I maintained control of Workers’ Compensation claims and costs by ensuring that all claims meet the criteria for claim acceptance and was responsible for filing WCB claims, monitoring case progress, as well as disputing claims. I also collaborated with HR Advisors, Managers and Supervisors in order to ensure the availability of modified work for employees returning to work with restrictions.
From 1995 to 2012, I was the Fire Chief & Training Officer for McCain Foods (Canada) in Grand Falls, New Brunswick. I was responsible for the development, implementation and promotion of health and safety programs to assist management in providing a safe and healthy workplace for all employees.
I conducted and participated in workplace health and safety procedures, namely audits and inspections, to ensure all met company standards and fully complied with all relevant legislation, including the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
I also held the position of Chairman of the Joint Health and Safety Committee, which involved the investigation, response and resolution of health and safety concerns, incidents and accidents.
I provided health and safety orientation services to all new employees. I also arranged specialized safety training, as required, pertaining to subjects such as first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), confined space safety, etc.
I dealt with the appropriate parties concerning internal health and safety audits and advised management on the pertinent requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, as well as on those of other related standards and legislation.
I performed the inspections of all fire-fighting equipment on the complex and dealt with insurance representatives in all aspects of fire prevention. I provided training to members of the fire brigade and specialized fire training (i.e., hot works procedures, fire extinguisher operation, etc.) to employees, as required.
I provided first aid and CPR training to approximately 250 employees every year and organized and supervised the emergency evacuation procedures.
In 2008, I opened the Workplace Safety School of New Brunswick Inc., a training facility where I offer training on workplace safety aspects to the general public, industries, cities, villages, fire departments and contractors.
The following course modules are available:
- occupational health & safety orientation
- confined spaces safety
- confined space rescue
- first aid and CPR (all levels with AED)
- lock out/tag out
- fall protection
- fall protection rescue
- flagman at a fire scene
- lift trucks safety
- specialty lifts safety (scissor, extended boom, etc.)
- fire extinguishers
- due diligence
About Nicole Mclaughlin
Nicole recently joined the Workplace Safety School of NB and has over ten years of experience as a health and safety professional.
Since 2009 , she has delivered over 450 workshops and presentations to over 5,000 New Brunswick employers and employees as well as high school students to help them better understand their rights and responsibilities toward a healthy and safe workplace.
She strives to keep her message about workplace health and safety simple and practical. Nicole also assists companies, employers, employees and associations to build health and safety systems.
Nicole has a particular interest in wellness and served as chair of the regional wellness committee from 2013 to 2020 at WorkSafeNB ‘s regional office in Grand Falls.
She believes that no health and safety program is truly complete without touching upon employee wellness- whether physical or psychological.
Nicole is a professional agrologist. She obtained both a Bachelor and Master of Science in agriculture. She has a certificate in adult education and obtained her Canadian Registered Safety Professional designation.