Members recognized for helping make their workplaces safer
Last year, the Northern Ontario Safety Group met four times to share and build their health and safety knowledge, and network with other business owners.
The group of 78 Ontario businesses showed a marked reduction in both the frequency and severity of lost-time injuries in the workplace in 2018 compared to 2017, according to the group’s facilitator, Workplace Safety North (WSN).
“The group’s efforts resulted in a 0.32 lost-time injury frequency rate per 100 full-time employees," says Rose Bedard, WSN Prevention Services Assistant - Safety Groups. “This is a slight decrease compared to 0.33 in 2017. As well, there was a continued year-over-year reduction in injury severity rate to 13.49 in 2018, compared to 14.24 in 2017."
These achievements along with the results of the 2018 validation audits resulted in a group rebate of 3.29 per cent out of a possible 5 per cent.
“Overall, their successful efforts have a tremendous combined effect on everyday health and safety of workers. The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) recognized those efforts by providing the group with a $1.5 million rebate on their premiums for the program year.
“This significant year-after-year effort to eliminate workplace injuries shows how the Safety Group program helps companies develop a significantly healthier and safer workplace,” adds Bedard.
What’s new for 2020
On November 6, 2019, the new Health and Safety Excellence program for Ontario businesses came into effect. This performance-based rewards program from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) combines all previous incentive programs: Safety Groups, Small Business, and Workwell.
Current and past Safety Group members are encouraged to explore the changes for 2020 and consider the new program, which can help improve your company’s health and safety performance. Visit workplacesafetynorth.ca\WSNExcellence to sign up or learn more.