The BC Wine Grape Council Health & Safety Committee mandate is to:
- Identify health & safety issues,
- Educate industry by developing and offering training programs; and,
- Create resources for small and medium sized wineries and vineyards.
In addition to Wine Grape Industry members the Committee include Stakeholder representatives from:
- Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC (formerly FIOSA-MIOSA)
- WorkSafe BC
- RDOS WildSafe BC
- Health Canada, Pesticide Management Regulatory Agency
- St. John Ambulance
The H&S Committee meets 3 - 4 times per year and has an active role in facilitating workshops throughout the year. Workshops are generally low cost ways for BCWGC Members to ensure staff are staying up-to-date with current OHS topics. Workshops are hosted in the Okanagan as well as in the Fraser Valley. Previous workshops included Pesticide Management, Confined Spaces, Airblast Sprayer Training, Tractor Safety, Wildlife Management and Forklift Training. Check our Events page for a list of upcoming H&S Workshops. Kathy Mercier is Chair of the H&S Committee; Reto Gebert is Board Liaison.
The Health & Safety Committee has also developed the Health and Safety for Small and Medium-sized Wineries handbook in partnership with WorkSafe BC. This guide is complimentary to all BC Wineries - shipping charges may apply. Please contact Kate Durisek, firstname.lastname@example.org to order your copy.
Current Committee Members Include:
Chair: Kathy Mercier (Independent consultant)
Board Liaison: Reto Gebert
Recording Secretary: BCWGC Administration
Mandate: Identify health & safety issues, educate industry by developing and offering training programs and creating resources for wineries and vineyards.
John Bremmer (Grower)
Marie Hébrard (Hester Creek)
Matt Mavety (Blue Mountain)
Sandra Oldfield (Tinhorn)
Daneen Skilling (APL)
Erik Olexa (Constellation)
Jarnail Brar (Grower)
Y. Herbison - Pest Mgt
Z. Kirk - Wild Aware
S. Marino - Work Safe
C. Reid - AgSafe
W. Shepherd – MSA
Louise Corbeil - BCGGA