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Airport lauded for being safe place to work

YVR takes home two awards
Vancouver International Airport
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Vancouver Airport Authority (VAA) was recognized with two prestigious national awards: Canada’s Best Health & Safety Culture award and the Gold award in the transportation category of Canada’s Safest Employers for 2015.

The airport is Canada’s second-busiest and is considered a gateway hub, linking the Americas to Asia. 

“Safety is central to everything we do. It’s a core value, a decision–making tool and at the heart of our licence to operate,” said Craig Richmond, president and CEO at VAA, said of the airport that’s expected to serve a record 20 million passengers by the end of 2015.

“To be recognized as Canada’s strongest health and safety culture, in addition to being Canada’s safest transportation employer, is a tremendous testament to the power of a positive, safety-centred culture that we work hard to improve year after year. 

“I’m proud to say that, in 2014, we had zero health and safety non-compliances.”

Announced at a gala event in Toronto, Ontario on Oct. 28 and published in the November edition of Canadian Occupational Safety Magazine, Canada’s Safest Employers Awards is an annual recognition program for Canadian companies that deliver exemplary employee health and safety initiatives and accomplishments.

The magazine cited several key elements of VAA’s health and safety program for its wins, including its Presidents Award for Safety Excellence (PASE) program, in which departments good-naturedly compete to create innovative safety solutions; a comprehensive construction safety management program that exceeds industry best practices; and regular internal campaigns that focus on pertinent occupational health and safety topics such as mental health awareness, tool safety and work station ergonomics. 

 Incredibly honoured to win Gold at #CSE2015! Safety is our top priority at #YVR, we're very proud to be recognized: