City of DC updates health and safety policy

City of Dawson Creek managers are responsible for overseeing inspections, investigating incidents, and correcting unsafe practices or conditions without delay.
The City of Dawson Creek approved a revised health and safety policy on June 22. It’s the first major update since 2015. The new policy focuses on maintaining industry standards and safety certificates.
Provincial legislation requires employers update their Health and Safety Policy annually. Several recommendations were also included from an audit of the Public Works Department.
“We had to send the policy back to council. So we have a major update in terms of making the policy clear and concise, reorganizing and updating the policy to reflect the new regulations and laws,” said City Safety Coordinator Yinka Adewole.
Adewole says the biggest change is ensuring that the city continues to be awarded Certificates of Recognition (COR) through WorkSafe BC’s Partners Program, a voluntary program encourages employers to create an occupational health and safety management system that goes beyond current legal requirements, and recognizes employers who are proactive about improving workplace safety.
The updated policy promises regular training as a cornerstone of the city’s health and safety program, backed by supervision, inspections, and support.
“Right off the bat, managers have been responsible for their portion of the safety. We have a health and safety department that administers the health and safety system, through the program,” said Adewole.

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