Canadian Occupational Safety

July/August 2020

Canadian Occupational Safety (COS) magazine is the premier workplace health and safety publication in Canada. We cover a wide range of topics ranging from office to heavy industry, and from general safety management to specific workplace hazards.

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Layton (right) with Adrian Cole (left) and Chris Muralt (middle), also with Scott Construction. Layton with some of the crew who worked on the Georgia Hotel in Vancouver. P E O P L E WORKING BEHIND THE SCENES Myrna Layton is senior health and safety co-ordinator with Scott Construction Group in B.C. The self-described 'queen of chaos' has more than 23 years of experience in the industry. Q How did you get into health and safety and why? A It literally fell into my lap. I was a bartender and I had left my place of employment. I had no idea what I was going to do next… One of my regulars [at the bar] must have seen something in me and his girlfriend booked me in for this course. I passed the course on Tuesday and she had me working on a job site on Wednesday. This was 23 years ago; I have been with Scott Construction this entire time. Q What do you like the most about being a safety professional? A Every day is different. Some days, when I am with the trades, I'm focused on physical acts, but the next day it could be completely technical and I'm caught up in paperwork. I'm learning something new every day. It's not the same every day because people are different and job sites are different. Q How do you promote safety outside of work? (hobbies, etc.) A One of my hobbies is target shooting — you definitely want to stop and think about what you're doing. That's where this job comes in handy. As you get older and more involved in safety, you tend to stop, think and assess wherever you are and what you're doing. I've found that my job has made me very aware of what's going on around me. Q What motivates you to do your best at work every day? A The people and their families. We all know stories of people who have been severely injured on the work site. I never want to be the person where someone has died because of what I did or didn't do on the job. I like the people I work with and I'm setting the example. If I want them to work at their best, then I have to perform at my best. Q What are your career aspirations? A With this recent promotion, I am pretty much right where I want to be. Even though I am in this public business, I am very much an introvert. I enjoy being the woman behind the scenes. I feel no need to be the top dog — it's never been an aspiration of mine that my face is on the cover of magazines. People need to know themselves and know where they excel. M Y S A F E T Y M O M E N T 31

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