“Passion” is a word Iris uses often when describing her relationship with health and safety. It’s a passion she instils in those she meets and works with. She motivates employers, workers, and others to see the value of a healthy and safe workplace, one with an improved organizational safety culture.
Iris’s health and safety career path has spanned work over 30 years, in numerous countries, and in industries such as pulp and paper and automated train systems; from construction, to commissioning and maintenance. Throughout that time, she has not only supported organizations’ leadership and workers in achieving business objectives safely, she has demonstrated leadership and advocated for a symbiotic relationship between safety and production.
For the last ten years, Iris has used her skills and extensive knowledge as a WorkSafeBC Occupational Safety Officer to continue her mission of improving health and safety in BC. Her sole focus for the last two years has been working with PACE – Program and Committee Evaluation- a WorkSafeBC initiative that guides an employer through a systemic approach, all in a collaborative effort to improve selected employers’ health and safety programs and joint health and safety committees, and to instill ownership of risk in those employers.