30 Nova Scotia CEOs sign new health and safety charter

Top executives from various businesses across Nova Scotia have committed to do all they can to reduce injuries in their workplaces.
Thirty CEOs signed the Nova Scotia Health and Safety Leadership Charter, the first of its kind in Nova Scotia. The charter stands as a public declaration by the CEOs to do better on health and safety.

“We’re signing the charter to raise awareness and encourage every business leader in Nova Scotia to make safety a priority,” said Jason Shannon, COO of Shannex. “Safe workplaces are a right of every employee and something that should be at the top of business planning agendas.”

Jeff MacLean, president of Michelin North America (Canada), is one of five CEOs who have volunteered to serve on the CEO steering committee, which will establish the goals and develop an action plan for the upcoming year.

“Michelin is proud to support this initiative and engage with other businesses and organizations in Nova Scotia, all who share the belief that a safer province is a more productive and prosperous province,” said MacLean. “The leaders who join this initiative have all agreed to share best practices and with this senior leadership commitment, we will all improve the health and safety performance in Nova Scotia.”

Over the next weeks and months, the steering committee will work to engage more Nova Scotia businesses and organizations, and will start implementing internal and external health and safety strategies.

“Safety leadership is an essential part of a strong safety culture,” said Minister of Labour and Advanced Education Kelly Regan. “These 30 leaders are showing they’re committed to creating a better future for workers in this province. I applaud their efforts, and encourage more top executives across Nova Scotia to join them.”

Companies whose top executives signed the charter include:

•Acadia University
•Acadian Seaplants
•Atlantic Crane & Material Handling
•Dalhousie University
•Department of Labour and Advanced Education
•Emera Utility Services
•Falck Safety Services Canada
•Halifax Harbour Bridges
•High Liner Foods
•IMP Group
•IWK Health Authority
•Intertape Polymer
•Kohltech International
•Michelin North America (Canada)
•Mount Saint Vincent University
•Municipal Group of Companies
•Northern Pulp
•Nova Scotia Health Authority
•Nova Scotia Power .
•Oxford Frozen Foods
•PCL Constructors Canada
•Port Hawkesbury Paper
•Pratt & Whitney Canada
•Saint Mary’s University
•Scotsburn Ice Cream Company
•Tandus Centiva
•Workers’ Compensation Board.