About

Who We Are

The Motor Vehicle Safety Association of Manitoba (MVSAM) is a not for profit entity that was established in 2015 to provide workplace health and safety services and resources to Manitoba’s automotive industries through a dedicated and experienced team of safety professionals. The program is hosted by the Manitoba Motor Dealers Association (MMDA) and funded by a levy paid by the industry through Workers Compensation Board premiums administered through SAFE Work Manitoba.

What We Do

MVSAM fulfils an ever growing need for a one-stop resource where employers and workers from automotive related businesses can turn for health and safety assistance specific to their industries.

We are a resource and a partner to Manitoba’s automotive industries providing;

·         Industry specific workplace safety & health information, hazard identification and risk control strategies and materials

·         Resources and training programs to reduce incidents

·         Guidance and consulting to help member companies establish, improve or maintain safety programs that will be appropriate to their needs and industry specific

·         Oversight of the safety management system certification process and guidance for those wishing to have their business SAFE Work Certified™.

Who We Represent

MVSAM is the Certifying Partner and Industry Based Safety Association specifically representing the workplace safety and health interests of Manitoba’s automotive industries. Specifically employers that are classified under the Workers Compensation Board rate codes:

·         Auto Sales & Repair 60 402

·         Auto Body Shops 60 404

·         Heavy Industrial Equipment Sales & Repair 60 503

Formed under the administration of the Manitoba Motor Dealers Association (MMDA), strategic direction is supported and overseen by a Safety Council that is representative of the industries and including the following:

·          Manitoba Motor Dealers Association

·          Automotive Trades Association

·          Single Rural Businesses

·         Automotive Groups

·         Heavy Truck Sales & Repair

·         Heavy Equipment Sales & Repair

·         Privately Owned and Operated Businesses

·         Automotive Workers & Trades

·         Manitoba Public Insurance 

·         SAFE Work Manitoba

·         Manitoba Post-Secondary Education

MVSAM collaborates with industry advisory groups, subject matter experts, regulatory bodies and other Industry Based Safety Associations in Manitoba and Canada. Related industry types are also welcome to seek our services as associate members.

Our Mission And Goal

Our mission is to be a central, industry-specific resource for automotive industries to support safe, productive workplaces and confidence in workplace safety systems.

Our ultimate vision is to become a visible leader in workplace safety and health for the automotive industries in Manitoba. We will be a “go-to” resource, and a trusted, respected advisory body for workplace safety and health with a relevant and valued safety certification program. Our membership will be fully engaged and demonstrate a growing passion for safety, supporting a culture of safety throughout the industries.

We will assist our engaged members in taking hold of their safety and health management system and merge safety management with business management together to provide a well balanced approach that will help foster a positive safety culture that shows benefits morally, financially and legally.

How We Are Funded

MVSAM is financed by our members through a levy attached to their assessed premiums collected by the Workers Compensation Board.

As we are funded by the industry through WCB, we are tasked with reducing injuries to workers and the associated WCB claims for the industries we service. Part of achieving this goal will include a safety management system certification process, termed SAFE Work Certified, that, if met and maintained by a company, will be acknowledged by providing an incentive discount greater than the levy. This incentive, in combination with an active and working safety management system will dramatically reduce expenses related to incidents and overall improve and lower WCB premiums for the collective membership.