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WorkSafeBC congratulates winners of the 2005 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week and Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) Achievement Recognition Awards

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Richmond B.C., October 19, 2005 — WorkSafeBC (the Workers’ Compensation Board) congratulates B.C.-based organizations/individuals for their outstanding promotion of workplace health and safety at this year’s NAOSHWeek 2005 Safety Forum and Awards Luncheon being held in conjunction with the CSSE Achievement Recognition Awards.

NAOSHWeek Awards

B.C. companies submitted entries in a number of categories to the NAOSHWeek Steering Committee by participating in the annual competition held May 1–7, 2005. NAOSHWeek is an annual event in Canada, the United States, and Mexico and is designed to raise awareness of workplace health and safety issues.

The Most Innovative category award, sponsored by WorkSafeBC, went to the Vancouver International Airport Authority, in conjunction with Air Canada, Servisair/GlobeGround, Worldwide Flight Services, and WestJet. The companies’ combined efforts enabled health and safety messages to reach not only the employees of the Airport Authority, but also those of tenant airlines and ground-handling service providers which account for approximately 75 percent of all workers in the airport.

“This joined effort provides an opportunity to take our health and safety message beyond the walls of each organization,” said Betty Pirs, executive director of WorkSafeBC’s Prevention Services. “It’s impressive to see these organizations unite toward a common goal: reducing injuries and disease in the workplace.”

Chris Metcalfe, president of NAOSHWeek Steering Committee–BC, adds, “For a company to be successful in the areas of safety and health, there must be strong leadership and commitment from the CEO or president.”

CSSE Achievement Recognition Awards

The CSSE Achievement Recognition Awards are presented annually to individuals, organizations, and groups that have demonstrated outstanding commitment and effort to the occupational health and safety field. The BC/Yukon region of the CSSE has recognized achievement through the program since 1989.

“This year we’ve added a new award to recognize safety-specific non-profit associations”, said awards manager Kathy Tull, “and next year the awards program will be expanded to include the first TruckSafe Excellence Awards.”

The Vancouver International Airport Authority was also a winner of a CSSE Achievement Recognition Award in the WorkSafeBC-sponsored category of CSSE Special Award for Best Training/Orientation Program for young and new workers for their outstanding program tailored to meet the specific needs of new and young workers aged 15–24.

NAOSHWeek major winners and their category sponsors




Best Overall

Vancouver International Airport Authority in conjunction with Air Canada, Servisair/GlobeGround, Worldwide

Flight Services, and WestJet


St. John Ambulance

Best New Entry

Winton Global Lumber Ltd.

B.C. Safety Council

Most Innovative

Vancouver International Airport Authority in conjunction with Air Canada, Servisair/GlobeGround, Worldwide Flight Services, and WestJet


Best Presentation of Theme

Thrifty Foods #6, James Bay

St. John Ambulance

On Vancouver Island, congratulations go to:

Thrifty Foods #6, James Bay — for winning first place in two categories, Best Presentation of Theme and Best Retail. Their publication, James Bay Safety Daily, featuring topics like grocery store top 10 injury list and preventing soft tissue injuries when pushing or pulling, was a creative, fun, and educational tool to convey the health and safety message to staff. As well, their safety committee conducted “caught in the act” checks, where they rewarded employees who were “caught” doing safe work practices. They also engaged customers in the initiative with over 400 informative signs and special information areas on health and safety issues set up around the store.

Canadian Forces Base, 19 Wing, Comox — for winning first place in the Federally Regulated Agencies category for conducting a number of training sessions, including Standard First Aid training, WHMIS training, occupational health courses, earthquake preparedness sessions, and respiratory protection training. During the week they also had safety displays and booths showcasing equipment from suppliers.

B.C. Legislative Assembly — for placing first in the Provincial/Crown Corporations category. Employees participated in walking programs, an information session on personal workplace safety, and attended video screenings on emergency preparedness, prevention of back injuries, ergonomics, and office safety. Employees also completed a safety questionnaire to assess their own knowledge of safety and health in the workplace.

Sylvan Vale Nursery — for taking first place in the Small Business category.They dedicated each day of the week to a safety or health topic relevant to the company’s line of work. They reviewed emergency evacuation procedures, demonstrated proper lifting procedures, and examined lockout requirements and procedures. In addition, several employees not trained at using a fire extinguisher were given a hands-on demonstration and training session.

A complete list of individual, organization , and special award categories winners and sponsors is attached for both the NAOSHWeek and CSSE Achievement Recognition Awards.

Serving nearly 2 million workers and about 179,000 employers, WorkSafeBC (the Workers' Compensation Board) is a provincial statutory agency governed by a Board of Directors and funded by employers. WorkSafeBC was born out of a compromise between B.C.'s workers and employers in 1917 where workers gave up the right to sue their employers or fellow workers for injuries on the job in return for a no-fault insurance program fully paid for by employers. WorkSafeBC is committed to a safe and healthy workplace and to providing return-to-work rehabilitation and legislated compensation benefits to workers injured as a result of their employment.

For more information please contact:

Michelle McLeod
Public Affairs Officer WorkSafeBC (the Workers’ Compensation Board)
Phone: 604 276-3159
or toll-free (in B.C.): 1 888 621-7233, local 3159


For NAOSHWeek and/or CSSE Achievement Recognition Awards winner contact information, please call Breanna Graham 604 231-8578 or toll-free (in B.C.) 1 888 621-7233, local 8578.

A complete list of individual, organization, and special award categories winners and sponsors is available online at