Client: Jomax Drilling


It is critical to this contractor to the oil and gas industry to keep the incidences of serious injuries down. A high injury rate could have a dramatic negative impact on the amount of business flowing from clients in this very safety-sensitive industry. In a problem unique to this industry, the company had to ensure the safety of employees working on rigs in remote locales, where emergency care is often unavailable and pinching and crushing injuries are all-too-frequent.


Purcell developed a Safety Awareness Program that could be taught to a few key people, who could then instruct other employees in the field. The program was designed to ensure safety is uppermost on every employee’s mind before he ventures into the dangerous environment of remote rigs. And, to give the program the greatest chance of success, Purcell worked to be sure there was buy-in to the program from the very highest levels of the company.”We wanted to be sure our guys were thinking about safety first, before they did anything. It’s a lot easier to prevent injuries than to deal with them in this tough environment,” commented Michel Panet-Raymond, Director of Human Resources for Jomax Drilling.


The Safety Awareness Program has resulted in a reduction in the number of serious employee injuries, a key competitive advantage for Jomax. “We find that employees are now noticing things before they happen, which goes a long way toward preventing injuries and keeping our injury rates as low as possible,” Panet-Raymond said.

Client: Anonymous (Global Retailer)


This huge global retailer is particularly noted for its concern for the safe and well-being of its employees. But it must also find ways to keep costs under strict control.


Using earlier audits as a basis, we have created action plans the company can use to continue to gain its Certificate of Recognition. These action plans are instead of a maintenance audit and are customized to the challenges and strengths the client exhibits. We have provided clear instructions, which employees follow to fill out and send these action plans to the Certifying Partner. This grassroots involvement ensures that Health and Safety hazards are more readily identified because instead of one pair of eyes assessing the hazards there is a team from each store. Cost control is achieved because these action plans are less than one-third the cost of an maintenance audit. To ensure quality control, Purcell Enterprises gathers the results from each store and creates an actionable synopsis of the results from each warehouse.


The retailer has been able to reduce its auditing costs, while keeping employees involved in the process of measuring the Health and Safety program. It is a major benefit to keep employees-who are the closest to day-to-day operations-involved in this process as they can more readily see the hazards they experience everyday and develop employee-driven insights for the Health and Safety program. As an added benefit, because they participate in the process, they are more likely to own and champion the auditing and action plan cycle!

Client: Anonymous (Western Canadian Grocer)


Company wanted copies of legislation, but didn’t want to pay the high cost often associated with the documentation. It wanted cutting-edge solutions, but its budget was tight, so it came to Purcell Enterprises for a solution.


Purcell provides the company with copies of important legislation at a very reasonable cost. We also alert them to the latest developments in emergency planning, including plans for evacuating the public and those with disabilities in a timely and efficient manner. We informed them of an innovative eyewash station and connected them to PPE Sites on the Internet that have the latest technology and solutions to common PPE problems. We also connected them to one of our clients: a large international fast food company that had a great standardized Health and Safety program at each of its franchises for additional information on PPE like oven mitts that were durable, washable and provided more protection to their deli workers. We also spoke to their managers and employees on innovative Health and Safety solutions to some of their problems and some of the latest technological developments in the field. This was so well-received by the client and our contact recommended that the Purcell’s president deliver a presentation on innovative inspections and managing generation X and Y at the Western Regional Health and Safety conference in British Columbia this year.


Thanks to the legislative information, additional technological solutions to some of their complex Health and Safety problems and alerts we send this client’s way, the company is able to ensure the safety of its employees and customers, a clear competitive advantage in the marketplace. Additionally, the company is now able to benchmark with an international fast food company that did not compete with them in any way and share information on Health and Safety issues and innovations.

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I am a real fan of Barb Semeniuk’s Info Line. Barb clearly enjoys writing, and she does a great job combining H & S topics and issues into interesting, entertaining, and often humorous style and vocabulary. No disappointments with the recent August 2009 issue! The new format is an improvement I think… not that there was anything wrong with the old format. But this new issue looks very professional,and newsletter-like. I certainly agree with the article about Pareto’s 80 – 20 rule. Is there anything in life that does not seem to follow this principle? And the article Legislative Changes in 2009 was very informative. I read it twice just to be sure I did not have to change something or add to the code of practice for fall protection. As usual, good job!

Jim Richards, Dyand Mechanical Systems Inc.
“Very professional, unbiased audit. Ms. Semeniuk recommended some minor changes that resulted in increased efficiency. She also recommended various sites that provided pertinent information for our company that we may not have found without her assistance..”
Glenda Palmer, Corporate Safety & Risk Manager, Triple Random Inc.
“Barb is always professional and thorough in the service she provides. She doesn’t hesitate to recommend sites that would he helpful in improving our safety program.”

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Betty Anderson, Northwest Sanitation
“Ventures West Transport LP has used PEL services since 2002.PEL has completed two COR Audits for Ventures West Transport LP. I had worked and was acquainted with Barb Seminiuk thru her work with AMTA during the beginning of the PIR program. I have always found Barb to be very professional and knowledgeable in the COR/PIR program as well as developing safety programs for a wide variety of business. PEL is very experienced in many types of businesses and can accommodate a wide variety services without disruption to the operation.

Ventures West Transport LP recommends PEL to perform the COR Audit or develop your safety program, and is confident that you will be more than satisfied with the results.”

Ventures West Transport LP – PEL Customer Satisfction Survey July 2009 (38KB)

Ray Archer, Manager Safety & Compliance, Ventures West Transport LP
I was hired by Purcell Enterprises Ltd to do a client satisfaction survey in 2012 and was most impressed with the results. Respondents were asked to validate the importance of 11 variables under study, rate their level of satisfaction with the variables, and provide open-ended comments. The results were impressive with an overall average client satisfaction rating of 94% and open-ended comments that followed the same pattern. Even more outstanding was Barb’s passion for excellence and her commitment to work at improving these ratings.

Dawn Ringrose, FCMC
“Since Womanition’s inception, Barb Semeniuk has been onboard. She has written pertinent articles for Womanition Magazine regarding safety. Barbara is professional, knowledgeable and respected in her industry. She knows what she is doing!”
Dorothy Briggs, Creator/Publisher, Womanition Magazine
“Barb Semeniuk’s contribution to SafetyXChange cannot be overstated. But it can be explained. You see, for any professional community to thrive, it must possess 3 qualities: energy, insight and humanity. Organizations count themselves blessed if they manage to find all of these qualities within their collective membership. But in Barb Semeniuk, SafetyXChange has found them residing within the soul of a single individual. Thanks for everything, Barb. We love you.”
Glenn Demby, SafetyXChange
“Barbara’s vast knowledge of injury prevention techniques and cutting edge technologies allows her to make recommendations that are best suited for our company. Her approach to our audits has always been to accurately report on our current climate while offering tools and information we need to help us improve.”

Costco Wholesale – PEL Customer Satisfction Survey July 2009 PDF 39KB

Betty MacNichol, Costco Wholesale
“We have used Purcell for the last few audits in our company. Barbara audit up to 9 of our locations in the province and are very well received by all levels of the stores during their visits. They are both professional, passionate, knowledgeable, and willing to work with the employer. They have offered ideas and suggestions about how to improve our company’s health and safety, they understand business and the obstacles companies such as ours face, and they flexible to work around our schedules. The audits are comprehensive, articulate, and very explanatory. A real challenge that Purcell has helped is keeping health and safety interesting and alive in our stores. They have helped us make safety a key component of our business operations.”

Save on Foods Customer Satisfction Survey July 2009 (PDF 67KB)

Mike Stortz, Manager - Health & Safety and Claims, Overwaitea Food Group

Our Clients


  • Jomax Drilling Ltd.
  • Topco Oilsite Manufacturing Ltd.
  • Brenntag Chemicals
  • Scientific Drilling
  • Cathedral Energy Ltd.


  • Syncrude Compliance auditor
  • Triple Random Trucking
  • Landtran Logistics
  • Rainbow Transport
  • Landing Transport Ltd.


  • Penfabco
  • Marl Technologies
  • Dacro Constuction: PCL
  • Horton CBI
  • Comstock
  • Brennex Building Corporation


  • Costco
  • Save on Foods
  • Real Canadian Superstore

Food Processing:

  • General Mills
  • Maple Leaf Poultry
  • Saputo Foods
  • Parmalat
  • Chemo Pergies


  • WCB of Alberta.