Health and Safety
Health and safety are at the core of everything we do. We adhere to the highest health and safety standards and continuously work to improve our safety culture. In 2014, the Airport Authority had zero health and safety non-compliances. We also successfully completed a Certificate of Recognition Audit, ensuring regulatory compliance, due diligence and financial savings.
Our incentive-based Wellness Program, now in its thirteenth year, continued to promote health at YVR. We offered a wide range of programs, from yoga and core conditioning to our popular lunch-and-learn sessions. We participated in Corporate Challenge Vancouver, an event that saw more than 80 of the Airport Authority’s finest participating in various sporting events. We also expanded LifeSpeak on Demand, a library of videos, action plans and webchats and included a Stress Satisfaction Index assessment as part of our employee survey.
INDOOR AIR QUALITY
The Airport Authority understands the importance of a clean atmosphere, inside and outside our facilities. In accordance with our Environmental Air Quality Program, we have three industrial hygienists and a multitude of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) monitoring equipment to keep air quality in check.
In 2014, our Health & Safety team conducted IAQ measurements in the terminal. They measured standard air quality parameters including temperature, relative humidity, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, volatile organic compounds and particulates. They found the air quality to be within acceptable levels, with the exception of relative humidity due to outdoor ambient conditions.
Since 2003, the Airport Authority has used CO2 sensors to monitor and regulate building ventilation. We installed these sensors into most of our HVAC systems in office areas to increase fresh air when needed, based on occupancy.
We measure health and safety performance by tracking any at-work injuries that result in an employee missing work. In 2014, we had five lost-time injuries, which did not meet our zero target. However, 2014 saw just 18 lost-time days, a sharp decrease from 31 days in 2013.