Occupational Health and Safety investigating mishap
An investigation is underway into a workplace incident at a biotechnology company in Charlottetown that resulted in minor injuries to an employee.
"Our understanding is that it was not a major workplace incident,'' says Bill Reid, director of Occupational Health and Safety with the Workers Compensation Board of P.E.I.
"Our understanding is that one worker was involved.''
BioVectra, located in Charlottetown, contacted Occupational Health and Safety this morning to report the incident.
BioVectra Inc. is an Eastern Canadian supplier to the global pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, operating from three, FDA-inspected facilities.
The company, according to its website, has been in business since 1970, and has an "impressive track record in the quality of services and products provided to our global customer base.''
The facilities are equipped to provide synthetic organic chemistry, natural extraction of bioactive compounds from both plant and animal-based biomass sources, PEGylation and conjugation chemistry, and fermentation of a variety of molecule types.
Reid says Occupational Health and Safety is always looking to help employers improve health and safety practices.
He adds fines and charges "are a last resort'' in addressing a mishap in the workplace.
When contacted to respond to the story, BioVectra declined comment.