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Safety coordinator happy to be back in Penticton

Safety coordinator happy to be back in Penticton

Reg Barber is beyond excited to be back living in the Okanagan.

Reg returns to his Penticton home after 10 years in Alberta, where he’s had some great opportunities to hone his skills in Occupational Health and Safety.

It was a no-brainer when he saw the posting for the Occupational Health and Safety Coordinator position with the K’ul Group — he thought he had hit the jackpot.

During his career working in the scaffolding industry, he quickly worked his way up from Apprentice to Scaffolding Inspector. To further his skills, he completed the National Construction Safety Officer program, which provides practical training in various construction safety management skills and principles.

After completion of the program, he was offered a safety officer position
in the oil industry.

Strong organizational skills along with learning, developing and improving safety programs are key in Reg’s trade and one in which he thrives. Most importantly, keeping people safe in their workplace has been the main motivator for his career.

“I always embraced safety protocol from early on,” he says. “I wanted to provide a good life for my kids and family and my safety was key in that goal.”

Working with K’uL Group

His role with K’ul Group will have him overseeing the Occupational Health and Safety programs for the group’s business entities: Westhills Aggregates, Coyote Cruises, K’ul Construction and Sn’pink’tn Forestry.

Developing safety protocol and policies while collaborating and providing leadership to health and safety committees within the entities will be the key components of his role.

Reg’s advice for anyone looking to get into the Occupational Health and Safety field would be to ensure that you have a good attention to detail and enjoy creating policies and procedures.

“Completing the Leadership in Safety Excellence program is great way to develop your leadership skills and will open up opportunities,“ he says.

Being closer to his three grown kids who live in Chilliwack is also a big plus. He’ll be a first-time Grandfather this summer and is thrilled to take on that new role too.

He’s also curious to try Pickleball for the first time. But mostly he’s grateful to spend his Grandma’s 101st birthday with her next month — and have her beat him at crib yet again.

Reg will be settling in Penticton with his girlfriend Chelsea and their dog Callie and is looking forward to reconnecting with many family and friends.