AgSafe recently announced the retirement of Carol Reid, provincial safety consultant – Orchards and vineyards based in British Columbia’s Okanagan region.
Carol Reid joined AgSafe, formerly FARSHA, in 2007 to work with employers and their teams, assisting them in meeting the challenges of enhancing worker safety in the vineyard and orchard industries.
Over the years, Reid promoted the importance of worker safety and regulatory compliance using a practical approach to training, education and consultation, making her one of the leading go-to agriculture safety experts in the province.
Over the past ten years, Reid has worked with almost every orchard, vineyard, and nursery, as well as other sectors in the Okanagan area. She consulted with seventy-three of those employers on a regular basis. She also helped several large and small employers successfully implement a safety management system that meets the Certificate of Recognition (COR) program audit standards in health and safety.
“Carol’s knowledge, professionalism and enthusiasm for improving health and safety programs throughout the province earned her the respect of those in the B.C. agriculture community,” stated Wendy Bennett, executive director of AgSafe. “Carol has been an amazing part of the AgSafe team and we are sad to see her leave.”
Taking over the Okanagan region will be two new AgSafe regional safety consultants, Ron Macc, south Okanagan and Ryan Duncan, central Okanagan. Both bring a strong health and safety background with them. Ryan Duncan is a former occupational safety officer for WorkSafeBC, and both he and Ron Macc hold a national construction safety officer designation.
“We are fortunate to have Ron and Ryan join the AgSafe team and work together in the Okanagan,” said Bennett. “AgSafe, and B.C.’s agriculture industry, have grown and changed so much over the past twenty-five years, and every member of our team continues to be committed to reducing the number of deaths and injuries in agricultural operations in this province.”
For over twenty years AgSafe has been the expert on safety in the workplace for British Columbia’s agriculture industry and offers site-specific health and safety programs, training, evaluation and consultation services.
For more information about AgSafe services or agriculture workplace safety call 1-877-533-1789 or visit www.AgSafeBC.ca.