Key Business Leaders Pledge Support for Workplace Health and Safety

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Key Business Leaders Pledge Support for Workplace Health and Safety

CEO Health and Safety Charter Signed By 68 Top Executives TORONTO, April 5 - The Ontario government fully supports 68 key business leaders who today jointly pledged to make workplaces safer by signing the CEO Health and Safety Leadership Charter, said Labour Minister Chris Bentley. "Leadership at the top is crucial to the success of any endeavor, including workplace health and safety," said Bentley. "These 68 chief executive officers have demonstrated their commitment to measurably improve health and safety in their workplaces and to help their peers through partnerships and mentoring." The Charter, established by Duncan Hawthorne, president and chief executive officer of Bruce Power, is based on the principle that effectively managing health, safety and wellness is essential for a business to succeed. By signing the Charter, the CEOs committed to: - Integrate health and safety into business strategies, processes and performance measures, and to recognize that good health and safety performance supports good business results. - Strive for continuous health and safety improvement and to provide the leadership and means to make this happen. - Share information among CEOs to promote best practices. "This initiative creates a vehicle to allow companies to share in many good safety practices. In this way, new levels of safety performance can be achieved and strong safety alliances forged. Engaging the senior leadership is key in ensuring that real change occurs," said Hawthorne. The Charter was signed today at the 88th annual health and safety conference and trade show of the Industrial Accident Prevention Association (IAPA) in Toronto. Participating CEOs used a self-assessment process to identify areas of strength where they could offer assistances to others and to identify areas where they could seek assistance. "This event is a milestone in the history of health and safety. In my more than 25 years in health and safety, I have never seen so many CEOs and business executives come together to spend the amount of time that these leaders did this week to discuss an initiative and make the pledge to take action," said Maureen Shaw, president and chief executive officer of IAPA. Disponible en fran├žais www.gov.on.ca/lab/For further information: Contacts: Peter Fitzpatrick, Minister's Office, (416) 326-7710; Belinda Sutton, Ministry of Labour, (416) 326-7405