REGINA, SK, Nov. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - The Western Convenience Stores
Association (WCSA) today commended the Government of Saskatchewan for
recognizing best practices proven to protect employees and the public
during late night retail hours.
"We're pleased that the government has decided to enshrine the
industry's own safety standards in the regulations of Bill 23, which
have been tested over time and are proven to work," said Andrew Klukas,
President of the WCSA. "Holding employers to the highest industry
standards is a mark of good regulation that will raise the bar on
safety and level the playing field."
WCSA has developed www.retailsafety.ca - a comprehensive resource to support safety management among small
retailers, and which is freely available to anyone.
"The industry has social responsibilities, and individual employers have
a direct responsibility to protect their employees and the public from
risk of harm. We take these responsibilities very seriously," said
Klukas. "We look forward to working with the Saskatchewan government,
the Workers Compensation Board, and law enforcement to make
Saskatchewan's convenience store industry a North American leader."
WCSA is developing a recognition program for Saskatchewan convenience
store owners who implement the highest industry safety standards at
their location. The program will apply 24/7, not just during late night
hours, and will go beyond the requirements of the new regulations.
The WCSA is also preparing to launch an interactive late night retail
safety-training program in early 2013. The program is made possible by
a grant from WorkSafeBC and will be freely available to member
stores. Further information about the launch of the program can be
found at www.theWCSA.com.
About the WCSA
The Western Convenience Stores Association represents over 6,000
family-owned and corporate-owned convenience stores that employ over
30,000 people in communities across western Canada.
SOURCE: Western Convenience Stores Association
For further information:
please contact Andrew Klukas at 778-987-4440 or Andrew@conveniencestores.ca. Visit www.theWCSA.com and www.retailsafety.ca.