The award recognizes a “Provincial, disability or multi-sport organization that has demonstrated a committment towards advancing accessibility and inclusion.”
During the annual SportBC awards held in March of this year, after a delay due to Covid-19 from 2020, the very first ‘Delivering On Diversity’ award was handed out by the Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture & Sport, the Honourable Minister Melanie Mark.
The awards were held on a virtual basis and Minister Mark made the announcement to open the proceedings. The award recognizes a “Provincial, disability, or multi-sport organization that has demonstrated a commitment towards advancing accessibility and inclusion.”
I am very pleased tonight to honour and introduce the first recipient of the Delivering on Diversity award, the British Columbia Golf Association for its progress in making golf more welcoming and accessible.
The Honourable Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture & Sport
The Allied Golf Association of BC would like to congratulate BC Golf on their dedication and commitment to making golf a sport for everyone in our Province. The example set by BC Golf helps advance the progress all sports organizations in our province are making on a daily basis to build an open, accessible, and active environment for as many people as possible.
Richmond, B.C. (March 11, 2021) — WorkSafeBC will have an increased presence at workplaces across B.C. ahead of the upcoming spring break period and St. Patrick’s Day to remind businesses they must have measures and controls in place to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace.
WorkSafeBC will be inspecting and consulting with businesses throughout the month of March when many families participate in spring break activities. The initiative will focus primarily on overnight and short-term accommodation, food and leisure services, amusement facilities, sports and entertainment facilities, ski hills, and golf courses.
WorkSafeBC will also be launching an initiative focused on bars, pubs and restaurants ahead of St. Patrick’s Day on March 17.
“With spring break and St. Patrick’s Day both taking place this month, we want to ensure employers and workers are again ready for a potential increase in people coming to their workplaces,” says Al Johnson, Head of Prevention Services for WorkSafeBC. “We’re reminding businesses to make sure they have an up-to-date COVID-19 safety plan in place, that it’s understood by all staff, and that it’s being implemented effectively.”
All employers in B.C. are required to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan that assesses risks to workers and implements measures to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace. The plan must be reviewed and updated as conditions change.
“The vast majority of businesses in B.C. are taking COVID-19 safety very seriously and want to be in compliance,” says Johnson. “But we’ve also seen some employers let their safety plan become dated — where it no longer reflects the latest PHO orders or changing conditions — and this is an important focus area for our prevention officers.”
Employers are responsible for the health and safety of their workers, and this includes doing everything reasonably possible to ensure customer compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols and orders, including maintaining physical distance and wearing masks as required.
Key Facts • As of March 5, WorkSafeBC had conducted 24,221 workplace inspections and 4,494 consultations related to COVID-19. A total of 2,232 orders had been issued for health and safety violations. • In spring of last year, WorkSafeBC worked with employer groups to develop protocols for more than 30 industries to operate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. • Last month, WorkSafeBC launched an awareness campaign to support workplace health and safety. The province-wide, multi-language campaign focuses on several specific actions workers and employers need to take to keep workplaces safe from COVID-19.
About WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC engages workers and employers to prevent injury, disease, and disability in B.C. When work-related injuries or diseases occur, WorkSafeBC provides compensation and support to people in their recovery, rehabilitation, and safe return to work. We serve approximately 2.5 million workers and 249,000 employers across B.C.
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