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The OHS Honours, which reward companies with the best workplace occupational health and safety (OHS) across Canada, have rewarded the country’s largest airline Air Canada with two awards. The airline has been rewarded for its safety-first culture, and for its use of technology to promote workplace safety. Additionally, its Vice President of Safety has been named to the inaugural OHS Canada Hall of Fame.

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Air Canada Wins Workplace Health and Safety Awards for Culture and for Technology at OHS Honours | © CNW Group/Air Canada

Air Canada wins OHS Culture and Best Use of Safety Technology

Canada’s largest airline and flag carrier has won the OHS Culture category, which rewards companies that demonstrate a positive change in health and safety at all business levels, and a collective shift among leadership and employees in regard to OHS. It has also won Best Use of Safety Technology, which rewards companies that use technology in an innovative way to reduce injuries and save lives.

“I am especially proud that our employees at all business levels have made safety a cornerstone of their workplace. These awards demonstrate that our out-of-the-box thinking to develop simple and efficient technology solutions to engage our workforce and make occupational health and safety more effective has worked. Safety is one of our core values and drives every action we take, or decision we make. For an airline, there is no greater recognition to receive nor an award to win, than one for safety,” said Samuel Elfassy, Vice President of Safety at Air Canada.

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Air Canada planes are parked at Toronto Pearson Airport in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada April 28, 2021. | © REUTERS/Carlos Osorio/File Photo

The OHS Canada Hall of Fame

The OHS Honours is held annually in Toronto by the magazines OHS Canada and Talent Canada, national media sources for OHS and HR professionals respectively. The winners are selected by the magazines’ editors and publishers, based on stringent criteria.

OHS Canada inaugured this year the OHS Canada Hall of Fame, which “recognizes Canada-based OHS professionals who have demonstrated excellence throughout their career and are dedicated to workplace health and safety through leadership, volunteerism and giving back.” In addition to the awards won by Air Canada, Mr Elfassy has also been inducted into the Hall of Fame this year.

“We had a record number of nominations for OHS Honours in 2022, which made the work of the judging panel harder than ever,” said Todd Humber, Senior Editor of OHS Canada and Talent Canada. “The team was very impressed by the work Air Canada is doing to ensure its workers go home safe to their families at the end of the day. That commitment to the health and safety of their workforce is worth emulating and celebrating.”

In short, Air Canada has been rewarded for its OHS culture and technology at the OHS Awards. Do you think they deserved it? Let us know down below!


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