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The City of Grande Prairie recognizes the commitment and responsibility of management and each employee in the application of health, wellness and safety practices at work. Employees at all levels are accountable for their health, wellness and safety performance and ensuring a safe worksite.

We participate in the Partnerships in Injury Reduction (PIR) through the Alberta Municipal Health and Safety Association (AMHSA). Successful completion of an annual Health and Safety Audit enables us to maintain our Certificate of Recognition (CoR).

We operate under the direction of our Corporate Health and Safety Advisory Team and work group/departmental Employee Health and Safety Teams. Annual business planning, co-ordination of a variety of training opportunities, guidance for staff in implementation of health and safety requirements, and recognition for the outstanding efforts and achievements of employees in maintaining safe work environments are our priorities.

Health and Safety Teams meet on a regular basis to share information, new ideas and ways to support the efforts of all staff in the improvement of our performance in health, wellness and safety.

Health and Safety Program

Our Health and Safety Program is composed of the following elements: 

  • Organizational Commitment to Health & Safety 
  • Hazard Identification 
  • Hazard Control and Safe Work Procedures 
  • Formal Inspections 
  • Worker Orientation and Training 
  • Emergency Response Planning 
  • Incident Reporting and Investigation 
  • Program Administration 

Health and Safety Audits

We must complete a Health and Safety audit annually and are required to be externally audited every three years. As participants in the Partnership in Injury Reduction (PIR) program, we train our own auditors who carry out internal audits and travel to other municipalities to conduct external audits. Similarly, auditors from other municipalities audit the City of Grande Prairie.

In order to maintain our Certificate of Recognition (CoR), we must obtain at least 80% on the overall audit, with no element less than 50%.

Ability Management Program

The City of Grande Prairie, in partnership with the C.U.P.E. Local 787, I.A.F.F. Local 2770 and Out of Scope employees, have developed an Ability Management Program to demonstrate our commitment to our employees’ health and well being. Through our mission statement of

"Helping to make Grande Prairie the greatest place to be by providing, supporting, or facilitating municipal services that meet community needs and enhance quality of life for all ",

We recognize the importance of continuing to value our employees during times of injury, illness and/or conditions affecting their abilities.

Together we recognize that the prevention of injuries and the rehabilitation of injured and/or sick employees are equally important goals, and that return to work programs are part of a continuum of prevention and rehabilitation. We further believe that effective reintegration of disabled employees minimizes the loss of expertise, resources and productive potential and is the best strategy for maintaining an employee’s potential and self-worth while reducing the human and economic costs associated with being off work.

Our voluntary program is available to all City employees regardless of whether the injury and/or illness occurred on or off the job.

Related Links:

  • Health, Wellness & Safety Policy 
  • Alberta Municipal Health and Safety Association
  • Health & Safety Audit Summary 
  • Ability Management Program
  • Last updated: 12/13/2017 4:01:11 PM