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Industry leaders sign British Columbia's first health and safety charter

Published by Derek Lothian on November 07, 2011

Twenty three CEOs and senior executives from around British Columbia signed on to a landmark document, the Health & Safety Leadership Charter, representing a commitment to lead and promote the highest level of health and safety culture within their organizations.

Dave Anderson, President and CEO of WorkSafeBC, was the inaugural endorser of the Charter, the first of its kind in the province.

The Charter was introduced at the Leading Performance Conference, a day-long conference on health and safety that included speakers and attendees from WorkSafeBC, Rio Tinto Alcan, Pacific Environmental Consulting, and many of the province's top leaders from the manufacturing sector. The conference was organized and hosted by the FIOSA-MIOSA Safety Alliance of B.C., a non-profit association representing B.C.'s food & beverage processing and manufacturing industries.

These 23 signatories to the Charter represent the first step towards the Alliance's 150@2015 goal of having 150 of B.C.'s senior executives sign the Charter by 2015. FIOSA-MIOSA Safety Alliance's CEO Lisa McGuire says the Charter is an important starting-point for leaders.

"The Charter is a public declaration to our employees, customers and the communities we serve that we value health and safety," said McGuire. "We're encouraging leaders to add their signatures, demonstrating a commitment to providing a prevention-based workplace culture."

To find out more about the Health & Safety Leadership Charter, and the 150@2015 initiative, visit FIOSA-MIOSA Safety Alliance of B.C.'s website, www.fmiosa.com/lpc-charter.

FIOSA-MIOSA Safety Alliance of B.C. is a non-profit, non-governmental, industry-funded organization with over 2,000 members across the province representing the food and manufacturing industries.

Established in 2007, its mandate is to reduce the injury rate of B.C.'s Food & Beverage Processors and Manufacturing industries through education, training and advisory services.

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