Approximately 265 leaders representing businesses, government, unions and the community attended the Ninth Annual Saskatchewan Health & Safety Leadership Charter signing event on June 13 at Conexus Arts Centre. Amongst them were 50 new signees – including CEO Scott Livingstone, who put his name to the document on behalf of the newly formed Saskatchewan Health Authority.
“Through the leadership of these organizations, Saskatchewan is working towards creating a culture where no injuries occur,” said Gord Moker, CEO Safe Saskatchewan, the event’s host.
The purpose of the charter signing is to form the foundation for a shift in the way Saskatchewan leaders view injuries and injury prevention. The charter advocates for the continuous improvement of healthy and safe workplaces and communities.
Moker said there have been significant improvements in the number of people getting hurt at work and on the road in recent years. While the charter alone may not account for these reductions, he believes it has helped create a culture where such improvements are possible.
“Two things we know -- the injury rate in Saskatchewan workplaces has dropped 49 per cent since 2008, according to the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board. And, at the end of 2017, SGI reported the lowest number of fatalities on the Saskatchewan road system since 1954.” Seventy-four people were killed on Saskatchewan roads in 2017.
A total of 670 provincial leaders have signed the charter.
Safe Saskatchewan website for more information on this initiative.
Scott Livingstone, CEO of Saskatchewan Health Authority (second from left), signs the charter while fellow signatories Bob Bymoen, Saskatchewan Government and General Employees’ Union (left), Ian Hanna, Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation (second from right) and Ben Holden, St. John Ambulance Saskatchewan (right), look on.
Pictured are signatories attending this year’s health and safety charter event.