BC Forest Safety Council Recognizes Canada’s First 50 SAFE Certified Individual Owner Operators

September 22, 2008

Canada’s first safe certification program focusing on Individual Owner Operators (IOO) has just produced its inaugural 50 successful participants.

Introduced in February 2008, the BC Forest Safety Council’s IOO program is a certification stream of the existing SAFE Companies program, which ensures companies have effectively implemented a health and safety program according to safety standards set by the industry. SAFE certified companies endorse making safety an overriding priority and participate in sector-wide safety initiatives.

An IOO is often considered the backbone of many logging operations. As someone who is self-employed, the owner and only on-site forestry worker for their company, an IOO is exceptionally vulnerable to gaps in the industry’s safety infrastructure.

BC Forest Safety Council CEO Tanner Elton says celebrating these safety leaders couldn’t come at a more appropriate time.

“September 21 to 27 is National Forest Week, which was created to draw attention to the country’s forests,” explains Elton. “The certification of these IOOs reflects BC’s attention on our forests and our collective commitment to improving safety in spite of challenging economic times.”

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