Executive Director of Alberta Society of Health and Safety Professionals
Session Synopsis: Regulation of the Safety Profession
Currently in the field of occupational health and safety there is no title or scope of practice protection under law. Competent, experienced, and ethical occupational health and safety professionals save lives; therefore, it is imperative that the profession evolve into one that is recognized and regulated under law, and is as respected as any other profession (e.g., engineering, law, medicine). As a member of the Alberta Society of Health and Safety Professionals, Mike Fedun has helped work toward achieving this goal and elevate the profession in his home province. Mike discusses how the same steps can be taken to establish a framework to achieve the same goal here in British Columbia.
Currently the OHS Advisor to the Alberta Government’s Wildfire Management Branch, Mike Fedun is also the President and one of the founding members of the Alberta Society of Health and Safety Professionals. Mike was the ASHSP’s first Registrar, also participating on the Executive Committee.
Mike is a member of the Association of Alberta Forest Management Professionals (formerly College of Professional Forest Technologists) and was a member/volunteer with the organization through its move from an association into a professional college.
Over 20 years in the forestry sector Mike became increasingly involved and interested in OHS, eventually leaving forestry to pursue OHS as a career and becoming the OHS Advisor for Alberta Justice. Mike’s clients included Alberta’s Courts, Crown Prosecution Services, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and the Human Rights Commission. After five years with Justice, Mike returned to his roots in forestry to take on his current role.
Mike completed the U of A OHS Certificate Program earning the Government of Alberta Award for academic achievement, and is a proud CRSP and CSSE member. Mike strongly believes that true professional regulation can positively affect the health and safety of working OHS professionals, and is very much in the public interest.