'We cannot let our guard down,’ says Mark Collins
On Aug. 27, the president and CEO of BC Ferries, Mark Collins, signed the BC Safety Charter, which signifies the company’s commitment to workplace safety.
“Safety is our highest value. Maintaining a safe environment for our customers and employees requires our continued focus and diligence,” said Collins. “Joining the BC Safety Charter is an opportunity to engage with, and learn from, others who are equally as passionate about enhancing and promoting workplace safety.”
BC Ferries has 25 routes, 47 ports of call and 4,500 employees. Collins says since the organization implemented its SailSafe program in 2006, it has "worked diligently" to lead by example and promote a culture of safety and wellness.
“We cannot let our guard down. I look forward to collaborating with other BC Safety Charter members to evolve the safety mandate within our organization," he said.
BC Safety Charter members share a vision to make British Columbia "the safest place to work in Canada." To achieve this, member organizations start with a commitment from leadership to advocate for workplace health and safety and make improvements where possible, according to the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC, which started the charter in late 2011. The charter currently has 112 signatories from a wide variety of industries across the province.
“The strength of the BC Safety Charter is the shared commitment of its members,” said Lisa McGuire, CEO, Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC. “We are honoured to have Mr. Collins join our ranks and look forward to working together with him and the team at BC Ferries toward our shared vision of ensuring BC workers go home to their families safe and well at the end of every workday.”