TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - October 27, 2016) - Apollo has been an active participant in the Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) Safety Group (Concord Chapter) since 2010. This is a voluntary performance-based rebate program developed by the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) which encourages Ontario employers to develop and continuously improve their occupational health & safety systems and overall health & safety performance. In 2015 Apollo entered into the second phase of this program, called the Safety Group Advantage Program (SGAP), which focuses on auditing, reporting and continuously improving existing health and safety management systems (HSMS) which contributes to Apollo's vigorous safety culture with commitment and participation at all levels within the organization.
Apollo was recognized this morning in two special ways for its outstanding commitment to safety in the workplace at the WSPS Safety Group Meeting held in Concord, Ontario.
First, Apollo was commended by Lawrence Medas, lead Safety Groups Program Consultant for the WSIB, for our exceptional efforts in our first year of the SGAP program in 2015. To the Concord Chapter members, Lawrence acknowledged the high standard of auditing detail, meaningful results, and actionable improvements that Apollo noted and implemented, in addition to the 100% validation audit score we achieved when scrutinized by the WSIB - a level of excellence, Lawrence commented, not typical of first year participants. Second, Apollo was one of several recipients of a Certificate of Achievement for the 2015 Safety Group year, which was signed and presented by WSIB Chair Elizabeth Witmer. Apollo was highlighted as a leading contributor to the Concord Chapter's overall high results for the 2015 participation year, resulting in total cash rebates for members of the Concord Chapter in excess of $130,000 (the highest of all Chapters; Province-wide, the WSIB will be issuing a total of $6.2M to Safety Group members for their participation in the 2015 calendar year of the program).
Apollo can attribute its stellar safety record directly to its participation in the WSPS Safety Group Program. The formalized and systematic approach to evaluating and mitigating risks and managing results has contributed to zero lost time accidents in excess of three years in a high-speed manufacturing facility that operates 24/7. Furthermore, our safety record continues to improve year over year with a decline in reportable accidents by 63% since 2013. We look forward to completing our 2016 program year in November and returning for our eighth year in Safety Groups in January 2017.
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