Occupational Health and Safety Program Recognized for Exceeding Industry Requirements
WHISTLER, BC, Feb. 9, 2012 /CNW/ - Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc. (TSX: WB) (the "Corporation") today reported that Whistler Blackcomb received a Certificate of Recognition (COR) from the WorkSafeBC Partners in Injury and Disability Prevention Program for having an effective safety management system and injury management/return-to-work program.
The Certificate of Recognition program recognizes British Columbia employers who go beyond the legal requirements of the Workers Compensation Act and Occupational Health and Safety Regulation by rewarding them with a rebate on their annual WorkSafeBC premiums.
"Employee and guest safety is a core value at Whistler Blackcomb and we are thrilled to be recognized for exceeding industry occupational health and safety requirements," explains Doug Forseth, Vice President, Planning, Government Relations and Special Projects. "Whistler Blackcomb is committed to being a leader in the provision of safe experiences for our employees and our guests."
Working with go2, BC's tourism human resource association and the industry Certifying Partner for the COR program, Whistler Blackcomb fulfilled the program requirements and earned the COR certificate after a phased audit in August and December 2011.
"Whistler Blackcomb has been involved with our industry health and safety program since the beginning. We congratulate them on achieving the COR certification," says Arlene Keis, CEO of go2. "As one of the biggest tourism employers in BC, Whistler Blackcomb is a champion in promoting workplace safety and its COR achievement is a big testament to the industry's effort in establishing ourselves as a leader in employee and guest safety."
ABOUT WHISTLER BLACKCOMB HOLDINGS INC.
Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc. owns a 75 percent interest in each of Whistler Mountain Resort Limited Partnership and Blackcomb Skiing Enterprises Limited Partnership, which, together, carry on the four season mountain resort business located in the Resort Municipality of Whistler, British Columbia. Whistler Blackcomb, the official alpine skiing venue for the Olympic Winter Games, is situated in the Resort Municipality of Whistler located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia 125 kilometres (78 miles) from Vancouver, British Columbia. North America's premier four-season mountain resort, Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain are two side-by-side mountains, connected by the world record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, which combined offer over 200 marked runs, over 8,000 acres of terrain, 16 alpine bowls, three glaciers, receive on average over 1,170 centimetres (460 inches) of snow annually, and offer one of the longest ski seasons in North America. In the summer, Whistler Blackcomb offers a variety of activities, including hiking and biking trails, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, and sightseeing on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc. is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "WB". For more information, visit www.whistlerblackcombholdings.com.
go2 is BC's tourism and hospitality human resource association responsible for coordinating the Tourism Labour Market Strategy, a key component of the industry's growth strategy. Tourism is one of the largest resource industries in BC comprising 18,000 mostly small to medium-sized businesses which directly employ nearly 128,000 British Columbians. www.go2hr.ca
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Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc.
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PH: 604-633-9787 ext. 236