Norm Ralph

11:10AM – 11:55AM

Norm Ralph

President | Apex Abilities

Norm Ralph, CRSP, CHSC, CDMP, has over 30 years experience in Occupational Health and Safety. Throughout his career, Norm has worked for large organizations in several industries.

His own company, Apex Abilities, provides education, training, and consulting services through customized Occupational Health and Safety programs and Occupational Wellness programs.

Norm has been a member of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) for nearly 30 years. He has served two terms as Chair of the CSSE’s local chapter and sat on numerous committees and working groups in the pursuit of OHS in the workplace.

The Aging Workplace

If you’re in the labour force and between 55 and 64, you’re in good company – there are more than 350,000 mature workers in BC! In fact, mature workers are a growing component of the workforce, expected to outpace the number of new job entrants over the next several years.

This is no surprise. Roughly 30 percent of Canadians are “baby boomers” (born 1946–1965). The average age of a Canadian is 40.8 years. The trucking workforce is aging at a higher rate than other industries. According to the Canadian Trucking Alliance, the average age of a truck driver in Canada is 49—seven years older than the average worker.

Employers consistently find older workers experienced, dependable, responsible, and productive. Retaining these workers tomorrow will depend on management practices today! This presentation will explore the benefits and requirements of attracting, hiring, and retaining older workers.

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