Worker injury severity rate decreases by 10% for northern Ontario safety group

Monday, December 17, 2018

74 business members recognized for helping make their workplaces safer

Northern Ontario Safety Group 2019 information brochure

Last year, the Northern Ontario Safety Group met three times to share and build their health and safety knowledge, and network with other business owners.

Group gathered around large cardboard chequeThe group of 74 Ontario businesses showed a marked reduction in both the number and severity of injuries in the workplace, according to the group’s facilitator, Workplace Safety North (WSN).

“The group’s efforts resulted in a 10 per cent decrease in lost-time injury severity,” says Rose Bedard, WSN Prevention Services Assistant - Safety Groups, “but there was a 15 per cent increase in lost-time injury frequency, which was affected by a number of new firms joining our group in 2018. Our group will take this on as a challenge in 2019 to bring this back in line with previous years’ reductions.

“Overall, their successful efforts have a tremendous combined effect on everyday health and safety of workers,” notes Bedard. “The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) recognized those efforts by providing the group with a $1.2 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.” 

What’s new for 2019 Safety Group Program

Based on feedback, Ontario businesses will be better served with a variety of group membership options –regular, advanced, and hybrid – when accessing expert help in implementing meaningful health and safety programs and practices in their workplaces.

  • Rebate percentage under review with potential increase for 2019
  • New firms can join by March 31 using fiscal year instead of calendar year
  • Firms may be eligible to move between regular and advanced safety group program or choose a hybrid version
  • Safety Group advantage members now have an opportunity to participate in the hybrid version of the program allowing for greater focus on high-risk weaknesses found in 2018 audit
  • Any size of firm can join safety groups

If you are a current or past Safety Group member we encourage you to explore the changes for 2019 and consider this newly revised program, which can help improve your company’s health and safety performance.

Apply to join Safety Groups now

Applications to join the 2019 Safety Group program are being accepted until March 31, 2019. If you’re not already a member, you can learn more about the benefits and opportunities of membership, including:

  • Networking with like-minded firms interested in improving their health and safety program
  • Information updates regarding health and safety legislation, resource material, and training
  • Local speakers on topics of interest to your region
  • Health and safety information and knowledge sharing
  • Guidance and support in meeting Safety Group program requirements
  • Potential financial rebate

The Northern Ontario Safety Group is jointly sponsored by the four provincial health and safety associations (Workplace Safety North, Workplace Safety and Prevention Services, Public Services Health and Safety Association, and Infrastructure Health and Safety Association), and all businesses throughout northern Ontario are invited to participate. For more information, please visit 

2019 Safety Group: Employer pathway with options

Ontario Safety Group 2019 changes chart
SG = Safety Group, SGAP = Safety Group Advanced Program


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Northern Ontario Safety Group session dates and locations

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