HSE-Q

Health and Safety

Heddle Shipyards actively strives to exceed industry benchmarks and foster a strong safety culture with our people, customers, visitors, and contractors.

All of our people share our commitment to reducing incidents. We believe that high performance is enhanced by a safe workplace. To that end, we are continuously improve our safety programs and strengthen safety leadership at all levels of management.

The success of our business is dependent on the health and safety of our most valuable resource: our people.

Safety is Heddle Shipyards’ most important project every day. 

Our corporate values reflect the importance of everyone safety and their wellbeing: Everyone goes home to their families at the end of their shift – everyone goes home. Period.

Heddle Shipyards actively strives to exceed industry benchmarks and foster a strong safety culture with our people, customers, visitors and contractors. All of our people share our commitment to reducing incidents.

The continued objective of Heddle Shipyards is zero incidents.

We invest in recruiting, developing and retaining people who share and actively demonstrate our safety values.

Heddle Shipyards has developed comprehensive safety inspection programs to identify and address potential hazards over the duration of all projects and across all levels of work. From pre-inspections to final walk-throughs, we ensure continuous safety compliance. 

The success of our business is dependent on the health and safety of our most valuable resource: our people.

All of our people work towards identifying and reporting hazards, with active Safety Response Teams to investigate and mitigate developing issues at each site. These dedicated teams also communicate all hazards to all levels of workers at all sites across Canada. Our focus on strong communication and sharing expedites group learning from our pooled experiences. 

Heddle Shipyards has developed, educated and trained on-site Safety Response Teams.

These teams coordinate with accredited third-party assistance to ensure 24-7, cross-Canada response and deployment in the event of an emergency situation.

Each Safety Response Team undergoes routine testing and evaluation of skills and abilities, to ensure that they deliver the service required to uphold the requirements of Heddle Shipyards and meet regulatory standards.

Environment

Heddle Shipyards has set a high standard for environmental compliance.

We are in the process of implementing a proactive approach to comprehensively manage and mitigate environmental risks. Our goal is to minimize any environmental impact from our business on the ecosystems in which we operate.

With five facilities across the Great Lakes and Atlantic Canada, we recognize the value of the unique ecosystems in which we live and operate. Canada’s Great Lakes—representing nearly 20% of Earth’s fresh surface water—St. Lawrence Estuary, Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Atlantic coastlines support a diverse array of plants and animals, comprising complex marine and estuary ecosystems, unlike any other. 

As a committed partner in this expansive ecosystem, Heddle Shipyards looks to minimize all adverse impacts. Furthermore, through our Corporate Social Responsibility Programs, we invest time and money to further causes that support the continued success of these waterways. 

Active Environmental Committees at each of our facilities proactively work to identify critical touch points where environmental impacts could occur. We have dedicated on-site teams that are trained in response techniques to mitigate, clean and dispose of material before it is released into the natural environment. In addition, each facility has a structured recycling program to ensure that as many materials as possible can be reused and not end up in our land fills. 

We believe the continued success of our Canadian Waterways equals the continued success of Heddle Shipyards and we are committed to addressing environmental concerns or issues that impact our community.

To report an issue or concern, contact the Heddle Shipyards HSSE Manager at 905 528 2635 ext 253

Bruce Hodgson – St Lawrence Seaway Management Corp, Director Market Development

Heddle Shipyards continues to provide quality and efficient repair and maintenance services to the domestic and international vessels that trade the Great Lakes. With ship repair and service facilities in various locations around the Great Lakes, Heddle Shipyards is able to react to our clients needs. Peace of mind for ship owners and efficient repair services are vital to the fluidity of the St Lawrence Seaway system and as traffic volumes through the system grow, we will look to Heddle to help service the commercial vessel fleet.

Quality (ISO)

Heddle Shipyards is focused on delivering consistent, high-quality service at all of our facilities.

Our highly skilled workforce adheres to ISO Quality Management Systems standards, with a continuous improvement mindset. We work hard and smart to earn your satisfaction.

Heddle Shipyards is currently certified at ISO 9001:2015. This accreditation ensures our ability to consistently meet customer expectations and adhere to international quality standards, as well as all statutory and regulatory requirements. 

In 2019, Heddle Shipyards highlighted our commitment to quality with a new Quality Assurance Policy. This is our promise that our growing operations have been structured to employ the highest standards of planning, communication, training, and procedural control to provide our customers with the best quality of service, in a timely manner at the most competitive price.