Danatec is always growing and our staff are some pretty incredible individuals. Danatec would like to give the warmest of welcomes to our newest addition to the Danatec family, Jessica Tucker. Jessica is Danatec’s HSE Specialist and our in-residence subject matter expert on health and safety. We decided to sit down with Jessica for a quick chat and learn a little bit more about her.
What brings you to Danatec?
I heard about the position from another woman working in occupational health and safety (OHS). Alina is also well known in the entrepreneurial world and I heard that Danatec was looking for a generalist on health and safety. So I looked into it, but it was also an opportunity to use what I’ve learned in university and college, so it was a great fit.
What will you be looking to do with Danatec?
I’m hoping to work with the many business units at Danatec and create an OHS niche that Danatec didn’t have before. I believe I can offer more generalized OHS investigation, OHS courses, or business safety courses as a whole.
What does the future of safety hold?
Change, change, change. With Bill 30 coming in right now, it will be a huge impact to Alberta businesses. Along with Bill 30 is the new cannabis bill and whether employees are ready for that is going to be very interesting.
What do you think the safety industry needs to do better?
There needs to be more onus on educating employers on what their responsibilities are on keeping their workers safe. The smaller businesses can’t afford a safety advisor or sometimes safety certifications and they are the ones that need help in gaining traction in safety. Sometimes looking for information on the internet is also misleading when it comes to safety, so more guidance is required in that area as well.
Tell us a little bit more about you.
I’m originally from St. Philips, Newfoundland. I was born and raised there. I went to Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador for my Bachelor in Science with a major in biology and minor in psychology. Then I went to College of the North Atlantic and received a Graduate diploma in Safety Engineering and Technology. I’m a big animal lover as I own a horse, a dog and two cats. A miniature zoo. When I first arrived in Alberta, I moved to Cold Lake in 2014. My fiancé and I bought our first home in Okotoks this past January. I’m most excited about getting married in August in Newfoundland, which means I get to get my fiancé’s family all ‘screeched’ in.