WCB works hard to help businesses develop their own SAFE Work plans and strategies and has developed a series of outreach and partnership programs to aid in this cause.
Learn more about some of these initiatives and programs:
The WCB offers five and 10 per cent reductions in WCB assessment rates for construction firms that earn COR (Certificate of Recognition) certification and meet certain other criteria.
COR™ is an occupational health and safety accreditation program that verifies a fully implemented safety & health program is in place that meets national standards. The objectives of COR™ are to provide industry employers with an effective safety and health management system to reduce incidents, accidents and injuries as well as their associated human and financial costs.
Since the COR™ Incentive pilot program was introduced in 2007, the time loss injury rate in the construction industry has dropped from 8.8 per 100 full-time equivalent workers in 2007 to 6.9 per 100 full-time equivalent workers in 2009. The number of COR™-certified companies has grown from 166 companies in 2006 to 440 as of January 1, 2011.
The WCB is committed to supporting workplaces in preventing injuries through education and safety programming. The WCB offers two workshops.
WCB Basics: A Guide to Working with the Workers Compensation Board
The day will focus on the key points of interaction between WCB, employers and workers, including rate setting/managing costs, reporting injuries, decision-making, dispute resolution, claims management and the benefits of return to work programs.
Return to Work Basics: A Guide to Developing or Enhancing your Return to Work Program
The objective of the Return to Work Basics workshop is to gain an understanding of the basic components and best practices required to develop or enhance a workplace's return to work program. A well-functioning return to work program will support injured workers in their safe and suitable return to work and assist in managing their WCB rates. Participation in the WCB Basics workshop is recommended prior to registering for the RTW Basics workshop.