British Columbia recognizes Company’s commitment to employee health and safety
DISTRICT OF HOPE, British Columbia – Nestlé Waters Canada, Canada’s marketshare-leading manufacturer and distributor of healthy beverage choices, today announced that WorkSafeBC has awarded the Company its Occupational Health & Safety Certificate of Recognition for its commitment to raising the standard of worker health and safety in the province of British Columbia.
Certificates of Recognition can be earned by employers that successfully implement a safety management system and meet a set of audit standards. The Health & Safety Certificate is awarded to employers that implement and maintain an occupational health and safety management system that exceeds regulatory requirements.
“Our employees are our most valuable resource and we are strongly committed to their safety as they work to produce the highest quality bottled water in Canada,” said Dave Thorpe, Regional Director, Supply Chain, Nestlé Waters North America. “We proactively address hazards through strong leadership participation, involve our employees and provide necessary resources to control them.”
“We are committed to preventing workplace injuries on our premises and are very proud of the fact we have achieved more than 1,000 days without lost-time injury,” said Kevin Thorburn, Plant Manager, Hope, Nestlé Waters Canada, “The Certificate of Recognition is a daily reminder of our commitment to health and safety at our plant.”
In 2010, the Hope plant also received OHSAS (Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Services) 18001 certification. OHSAS 18001 is an international occupational health and safety management system registration that requires the Company to establish and maintain standards that control health and safety risks. The Company has established targets that will see a lost time incident frequency rate of zero and continuous improvement in other safety measures.
WorkSafeBC is an independent provincial statutory agency governed by a board of directors that serves about 2.2 million workers and more than 210,000 employers. WorkSafeBC was born from the historic compromise between B.C.’s workers and employers in 1917 where workers gave up the right to sue their employers and fellow workers for injuries on the job in return for a no-fault insurance program fully paid for by employers. WorkSafeBC is committed to safe and healthy workplaces and to providing return-to-work rehabilitation and legislated compensation benefits.
For further information about COR, please visit our web site at www.worksafebc.com.
About Nestlé Waters Canada
Established in 1970, Nestlé Waters Canada is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nestlé Waters North America of Stamford, Connecticut. With headquarters in the Township of Puslinch, bottling facilities in Hope, British Columbia, and Puslinch and distribution facilities in Chilliwack, British Columbia; Puslinch and Laval, Quebec, approximately 400 employees support a network of more than 145 retailers across Canada.
For further information, please visit our web site at www.nestle-waters.ca or contact:
John B. Challinor II APR
Director, Corporate Affairs
Nestle Waters Canada
Telephone: 1 888 565-1445, Ext. 6441
Email: [email protected]
Jamie Jo Alton
National Public Relations
Telephone: (416) 848-1370
Email: [email protected]