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Creating “a safer province” with WSIB’s Health & Safety Excellence program


July 13, 2021
By Anthony Capkun


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July 13, 2021 – Ontario’s Workplace Safety & Insurance Board released the largest quarterly rebate payout to businesses—to the tune of some $6.2 million—since launching its Health & Safety Excellence program.

But what is WSIB’s Health & Safety Excellence program? Is it some kind of audit, or something else altogether?

“Prior to [this program], there were a number of health & safety programs run by the WSIB available for different types of businesses,” explains Rod Cook, WSIB’s vice-president, Workplace Health & Safety Services. “The evolution of the Health & Safety Excellence Program came from the integration of these former programs.”

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Rod dispels the suggestion that this voluntary program could be some kind of an audit.

“I see it as more of a survey—a conversation starter,” he says. “[We] created it to help businesses if they want to use it; it can help them identify potential gaps in their existing health & safety programs, and the Health & Safety Excellence Program can then help them close those gaps.”

Besides rebates and a possible reduction in premiums, Rod says “The underlying goal of our program is to create a safer province… a safer Ontario”.

Have a listen to our brief conversation, then check out WSIB’s Health & Safety Excellence program online (link below) and learn how, as Rod says, “Investing in health & safety makes for a better business”.



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