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CanWest Safety Commitment

Safety is a core value of CanWest Air and we believe in committing to provide the highest level of standard, and safest possible work environment to our employees and customers.  We will continually strive to ensure that our safety standards are not eroded by economical drivers and that our organization becomes stronger by making continuous safety improvements.


CanWest Air fully supports and encourages a culture of openness and trust between all personnel.  We cannot achieve this unless employees feel able to report safety concerns, incidents, occurrences, or hazards in all aspects of flight, maintenance, ground vehicles, and fuel handling safety confidentially. Employees must report all accidents, injuries, and unsafe conditions to the SMS Personnel or Manager.


Only with full awareness can management correct deficiencies in a timely manner.  We encourage employees to identify and report unsafe conditions in all aspects of our day- to- day operations.  CanWest Air’s primary safety goal is to identify and correct any unsafe condition that exists within, or may affect, the organization.


Under Occupational Health and Safety Legislation employees have the following three basic rights:

  • Right to refuse unsafe work.

  • Right to participate in the workplace health and safety activities through the Health and Safety Committee (HSC) or as a worker health and safety representative.

  • Right to know, or the right to be informed about, actual and potential dangers in the workplace


CanWest Air is committed to protecting and maintaining the physical, psychological and social well-being of all employees. As per legislated requirements, and to demonstrate that commitment, CanWest Air has created and implemented a Harassment and Workplace Violence prevention policy.

Responsibility for developing and maintaining the safety management system is assigned to the QMS Manager and the Safety Committee.  This responsibility includes establishing the system, and specifying internal safety reporting, investigation, inspection, awareness requirements, and ensuring compliance with the applicable safety legislation.


Responsibility for implementing the Safety Management System lies with the Chief Operating Officer, Person Responsible for Maintenance, Operations Manager, Chief Pilot, and all base managers.  This responsibility includes establishing support for the system in each department.  Each department head will be held accountable to ensure that all reasonable steps are taken to prevent incidents and accidents.


Ultimate responsibility for safety in the company rests with myself as the Accountable Executive.   Responsibility for making our operations safer for everyone lies with each one of us from manager to front line employees.  Each manager is responsible for implementing the safety management system in his area of responsibility, and will be held accountable to ensure that all reasonable steps are taken to prevent incidents and accidents.


The Company QMS Manager shall report to myself, the Accountable Executive of CanWest Air, and will have direct access to all managers on safety issues.


Abe Neufeld, Accountable Executive

CanWest Air