Safer Work Sites for More Alberta Workers

Feb. 16, 2000
More than 3,200 employers in Alberta, Canada are making it possible for 200,000 workers to enjoy a safer work environment because of the Partners in Injury Reduction program.

No matter what the business or industry, employers want to prevent worker injury, maintain productivity and increase profits.

With the jointly sponsored Partners in Injury Reduction (PIR) program, employers in Alberta, Canada can do it all.

More than 3,200 employers are making it possible for an additional 200,000 workers to enjoy a safer work environment this year.

Businesses ranging from small family restaurants to large trucking companies have joined the PIR program designed to encourage injury prevention and workplace health and safety practices.

PIR is a voluntary program that operates through the combined efforts of the Workers' Compensation Board-Albert (WCB), Alberta Human Resources and Employment, industry partners, safety associations, employers and labor groups.

Employer benefits to the program include earning up to 20 percent in WCB premium discounts, achieving or maintaining a Certificate of Recognition, improving performance, and demonstrating leadership in workplace health and safety.

In turn, workers' get lowered risks in safer work environments, improved productivity and job satisfaction.

Some Alberta companies have made significant improvements in their workplace safety programs as a result of the PIR program.

John Matthews, senior vice president, human resources/risk management for Costco Wholesale Canada said the program has helped safety.

"The PIR program helped us to increase our safety culture by enhancing employee involvement and concern," said Matthews. "In addition to fewer injuries, safer buildings and increased employee morale, we have seen 50 percent reduction in claim costs."

For more information on the PIR program, visit the WCB Web site at

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Dave Blanchard, Editor-in-Chief: During his career Dave has led the editorial management of many of Endeavor Business Media's best-known brands, including IndustryWeekEHS Today, Material Handling & LogisticsLogistics Today, Supply Chain Technology News, and Business Finance. In addition, he serves as senior content director of the annual Safety Leadership Conference. With over 30 years of B2B media experience, Dave literally wrote the book on supply chain management, Supply Chain Management Best Practices (John Wiley & Sons, 2021), which has been translated into several languages and is currently in its third edition. He is a frequent speaker and moderator at major trade shows and conferences, and has won numerous awards for writing and editing. He is a voting member of the jury of the Logistics Hall of Fame, and is a graduate of Northern Illinois University.

Adrienne Selko, Senior Editor: In addition to her roles with EHS Today and the Safety Leadership Conference, Adrienne is also a senior editor at IndustryWeek and has written about many topics, with her current focus on workforce development strategies. She is also a senior editor at Material Handling & Logistics. Previously she was in corporate communications at a medical manufacturing company as well as a large regional bank. She is the author of Do I Have to Wear Garlic Around My Neck?, which made the Cleveland Plain Dealer's best sellers list.

Nicole Stempak, Managing Editor:  Nicole Stempak is managing editor of EHS Today and conference content manager of the Safety Leadership Conference.

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