In the past year we saw changes to the EMC safety group. We bid farewell to Garrett Potter as he pursued his career aspirations of becoming a law enforcement officer and welcomed Kristy McKee back to the program.
Positive changes made to the WSIB safety group program generated an increase in our membership. We had 27 members undergo a WSIB on-site validation audit for their 2018 program with over 85% achieving success which was an increase of over 10% from the previous year. The safety group rebates are based on the group’s performance.
The increase in our achievement score was reflective in our rebate disbursement. Out of the rebate calculation capped at 5% in 2018, EMC members received 4.13% an improvement from 2017 of 4.08%. The rebates are shared amongst the members of the group according to the percentage of premiums paid by each member.
For the past year and a half EMC has been a partner at the table with WSIB developing their new Health & Safety Excellence program. This new program integrates the strengths of the previous incentive programs into one and provides a clear roadmap for you to improve safety in your workplace, whether you are just getting started or want to improve systems and processes you already have in place. Success in the program can earn you rebates and other non-financial recognition for your investment in health and safety. This will be the only financial incentive program offered by WSIB in 2020. Say goodbye to those NEER rebates.
As the holiday season is fast approaching, making sure all your workers stay safe is the most important thing employers should focus on. We are often preoccupied with holiday planning, year end deadlines and work commitments, creating additional hazards in our workplaces. This is an opportune time to reflect on the roles and responsibilities of your managers, supervisors and employees to ensure your workplace and your staff stay safe over this period.
On behalf of the EMC Safety Program team, I would like to extend my heartfelt wishes for a happy, healthy and safe holiday season, and a bright and promising start to 2020.
EMC Health, Safety & Environment Professional