Ben Pringle is Binnie’s captain of corporate safety and a collector of Yankee Candles.
Known for his ceaseless and clever puns, Ben has been Binnie’s first-ever corporate safety officer since June 2017. At Thompson Rivers University his interests led him to pursue his degree in English– studying courses on philosophy, Shakespeare, non-fiction, and even paranormal literature. Not entirely sure what his next move would be, Ben found out about the occupational health and safety diploma at BCIT. He saw the growing need for such a role in the modern workplace, so he moved from Westwold, BC – about an hour outside of Kamloops – to pursue OHS at BCIT. It has now been three years after his move to Vancouver, and he’s been enjoying life here ever since.
I love working with staff to promote a positive safety culture based on continual improvement.
Becoming a Corporate Safety Officer
As the corporate safety officer, Ben’s primary focus is Binnie’s safety program. He provides resources to management regarding the information on health and safety, PPEs to workers, safety leadership, COR auditing and liaising, and runs fire, earthquake, and first aid drills. He also keeps staff informed of safety concerns or topics via his engaging safety page on our company intranet. Ben aims to address safety, get ahead of potential problems whenever possible, and make Binnie staff self-sufficient.
Ben’s career is rewarding. Not only is he promoting safety, but his role allows him to make people smile with his comical internal communications and tweets. Although he can keep things light, he sees how important it is to treat matters seriously. He also gets face time with each new hire when providing safety orientations and informing staff on policies and procedures. Ben doesn’t stay tied to his desk all the time – he spends time out on sites, showing up and ensuring that teams are safety conscious and aware of the surrounding risks and hazards.
Since starting here, Ben has established himself as a resource for Binnie to continue improving safety. Recently, he’s been busy conducting an internal COR audit for Binnie’s BC operations. During the audit, Ben reviewed safety documentation, inspected offices and field sites, and interviewed staff. The results highlight areas for improvement that will help ensure our safety program goes above and beyond the current legal requirements.
Ben outside of Binnie
When he isn’t striving to make Binnie a safer workplace, Ben spends time going on road trips with his fiancée, listening to music and audiobooks, and frequenting breweries and farmers’ markets. Back in university, he hosted a radio show. Since then, he has often pondered funny concepts for other radio shows. One such idea is a show called “Scotch Tapes” that would exclusively play Scottish 80s music. This is the sort of person Ben is. This is the sort of creativity that Ben is known and admired for infusing into his work.
He collects Yankee Candles. His favourite fragrance: Appalachian Daisy