Penticton and South Okanagan
RDOS unveils safety action plan
Oct 18, 2013 / 3:00 pm
The Regional District Okanagan Similkameen unveiled an action plan this week to deal with shortcomings revealed in a health and safety audit last spring.
"In total, there are 58 items that require varying levels of attention," said human resources manager Diane Pearce. "We have prioritized these items and will begin working on them right away."
Many of the items involve the regional district's relationship with its community services organizations - volunteer fire departments and recreation boards.
"It's not that these organizations are not practicing effective health and safety programming, it's just that our programming is not consistent. The auditor expressed concerns about that," said Pearce.
In the report, the auditor notes the district has unique operations associated with parks and recreation and volunteer fire departments and that it takes a very hands off approach to these operations.
The plan is the result of a Joint Health and Safety Committee review undertaken during the summer , following the return of the audit conducted by the BC Municipal Safety Association.
The association administers the Certificate of Recognition, COR, measurement on behalf of WorkSafeBC.
Employers who achieve COR status receive a partial rebate of WorkSafe BC premiums.
The RDOS was successful in achieving COR certification in 2010, becoming the first local government in BC to achieve that standard.
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