Client Stories - CCC

Shaping Culture Through Safety

The Company

For over 95 years, Canada Colors and Chemicals (CCC) has been providing intelligent chemical, plastic and ingredient solutions to the marketplace.

CCC operates 7 unique sites across Canada with approximately 150 operational employees, each with their own product line, culture and increasingly diverse workforce.

The Challenge

As a provider of sensitive materials, CCC takes safety very seriously. For 20 years the President’s Safety Award been recognizing employees for reaching 100 days without a lost time accident. However, it did little to stimulate pro-active measures for process improvement.

The results from CCC’s 2014 bi-annual Safety Perception Survey confirmed management’s concern relating to “near miss” and process improvement reporting. These reports are a “leading indicator” of safety. CCC decided to re-vamp their safety program to improve employee and front-line management perceptions and behaviors surrounding workplace safety.

The Safety Program

CCC chose CSISTARS for its ability to customize a Safety program from scratch that met the very unique needs of CCC’s multiple sites. Simplicity was also very important. The flexible CSISTARS platform combined Recognition and Safety into one easy to use software that managed everything.

CSI digitized the “near miss” and process improvement manual reporting adding intrinsic and extrinsic rewards to encourage employees to report issues and make process improvement suggestions, while shaping a safety culture in the process.

Points are allocated to employees based on the impact to their site, the business unit and/or the company. Employees can redeem points for popular merchandise, sports tickets, travel and more.

CSISTARS Social Recognition tools also allow managers to publicly thank staff for their suggestions, broadcast goals and track progress and results. It has made for some friendly competition while sharing important learnings and safety practices across the seven plants.

The Results – “Plan, Do, Check and Act”

CCC’s Safety Recognition Program has decreased the number of safety-related incidents in just 19 months. It is also shaping a culture of safety across 7 very different sites.

The latest 2016 Employee Safety Perception survey revealed 95% of employees now feel the company encourages process improvement/near miss reporting and has a culture that promotes safety (an increase of 13% from 2014).

150 participating employees2013 Data2016 Data
Injuries to employees (TRI)5 people4 people
Property Damage Reports in 201334 incidents27 incidents
Process Improvement & Near Miss Reports68680
Money Spent on Recognition Program$31,343$13,260

CCC had 680 “near miss” and process improvement reports in 2016 compared with 68 in 2013 prior to the program launch – a 900% increase
This huge increase in reporting not only translates into a safer environment it significantly lowered recognition and safety-incident related costs.

CCC is not just tracking near miss reports, but actively engaging employees to offer and implement suggestions related to near misses.

Staying safe depends on doing the right thing all day every day, even when nobody is looking.

CCC has created a company-wide awareness with respect to many discrete and routine tasks. Staying focused on the “little things” is helped with frequent reminders and reinforcements. In the absence of this feedback, it’s natural to drift away from safety practices and error prevention tools.

Given the overwhelming success of the Committed to Safety Program, CCC is considering the launch of similar programs to recognize Sales and Service commitments.


CCC’s Committed to Safety Program has allowed us to assess, profile and reinforce our safety culture; it continues to be a staple in our safety management program and will for years to come. CSI has embraced our vision and the culture we were trying to create. Their understanding of employee engagement and recognition has allowed us to reach our goals.

Ryan Draper

Environment/Health & Safety Manager