K-Bro Vancouver Gets Top Provincial Safety Honor

Posted December 12, 2014 at 1:11 pm

GM Ron Graham (front row, arms crossed) and his K-Bro Linen Systems team in Vancouver, BC, are proud to be recognized for excellence in safety.

K-Bro Linen Systems Inc., Vancouver, Canada, recently earned “Certificates of Recognition,” (COR) from British Columbia’s foremost incident-prevention program – known simply as COR. This safety initiative is managed at the provincial level.

General Manager Ron Graham explained in an e-mail to Textile Services Weekly that COR is similar to the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) operated by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The equivalent Canadian agency at the provincial level is known as WorkSafe.   

“Workplace health and safety has always been the No. 1 priority at K-Bro,” Graham said. “However, we made a decision about a year ago to raise the bar even further by pursuing COR certification. It’s an expensive and time-consuming process that includes a physical audit of the plant, employee training and documentation. However, we believe it’s the right thing to do. Not only were we awarded the certification, we achieved a score of 94%, one of the highest scores ever achieved.”

WorkSafe officials describe the mission of their program as follows: “Employers possessing one or more Certificates of Recognition (CORs) make a strong statement about how much they value their workers and how committed they are to ensuring workers and workplaces are safe and secure from injury, illness or disease.”