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IHSA has been selected as a provider of services under WSIB’s new Health and Safety Excellence program.
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WSIB Health and Safety Excellence Program

What is the Health and Safety Excellence Program?

The Health and Safety Excellence Program is a WSIB performance-based rewards program. It integrates the strengths of the previous WSIB Small Business, Safety Groups, and Workwell programs into a new improved model.

This new Excellence Program is designed to provide businesses with a clear road map to improving their health and safety processes and systems.

Participants create safer workplaces and can earn both financial and non-financial rewards.

How Does IHSA help?

The program connects you with WSIB-approved providers that will help you develop a health a safety program suitable for your workplace.

As an approved provider, IHSA will deliver services to help members develop the skills, abilities, and resources toward the implementation and completion of the Excellence Program’s health and safety topics.

Whether you are just getting started or want to optimize systems and processes you already have in place, IHSA can help you reach your goals.

For more information about the registration process click here.

Benefits to Your Company
  • Earn rebates and lower your premiums.
  • Improve your health and safety experience.
  • Gain access to a team of leading health and safety experts.
  • Receive exclusive access to IHSA member resources.
  • Build a well-crafted and functional health and safety program.
Program Features
  • Employers can choose to work on one to five health and safety topics in a 12-month period.
  • Flexible timelines allow employers to work at their own pace.
  • Financial and non-financial recognition is based on individual participant performance.
  • Employers will submit program documentation online to IHSA prior to WSIB validation.
  • Employers choose where they start in the program, not necessarily at level one.

How the Excellence Program Works

Attend: Attend an info session and understand the program and business case for health and safety.
Join: Choose an approved provider, complete an assessment, and select one to five topics to work on for the year.
Develop: Learn and implement safety topic(s) with the support of IHSA.
Demonstrate: Submit evidence of implementation for review by a WSIB validator.
Achieve: Receive rebates or non-financial recognition.

You can find more information by visiting the WSIB Health and Safety Excellence page.

Eligibility

  • Firms require an active WSIB account to be eligible.
  • Both Schedule 1 and Schedule 2 firms can participate; however, financial rebates are available for Schedule 1 firms only.
  • Firms must be in good standing with the WSIB.
  • Participation requires the firm to register with an official WSIB program provider.

Keeping People Safe and Healthy is Good for Business

Under the 2020 Rate Framework, employers will fall into one of two categories based on their ability to influence their premium rates.

Financial Rewards

Group 1: Low predictability (under 20%)

Businesses who have low insurable earnings and a low number of past claims will qualify for a minimum $1,000 rebate per completed Health and Safety Topic or 2% of their premiums, whichever is greater, up to 75% of WSIB premiums.

Group 2: High predictability (over 20%)

Businesses who have high claim costs and considerable insurable earnings qualify for a 1.4% rebate off their WSIB premiums up to a maximum of $50,000 per completed Health and Safety Topic or $250,000 per 12 months, for five topics completed.

NOTE

Predictability is a measurement on how much your past claims and insurable earnings can be used to predict future outcomes.

To determine your predictability index, businesses can securely log into Compass through WSIB online services at wsib.ca/onlineservices.

Once you are signed in, select Analyze Rates and Past Claim Costs from the menu to use Compass. If you do not already have a WSIB account online, follow the prompts to set one up in order to access exclusive insights for your business.

Non-Financial Rewards

  • An improved health and safety program for participating employer workplaces due to focused attention on building knowledge and implementing plans.
  • An Excellence Program participation badge will be visible in COMPASS when a firm’s action plan is approved by the WSIB (updated quarterly).
  • Firms will receive additional COMPASS recognition for each topic and level completed, as well as number of years in the program.
  • An annual achievement report will be sent to employers from the WSIB to reflect their progress in the program.

Services & Fees

Small Businesses with Less Than 50 Employees

There is an annual non-refundable fee of $605 for small businesses with less than 50 employees, which covers the following:

  • Minimum of two groups meetings: direct access to subject matter experts, IHSA resources, and networking.
  • One free e-learning registration: Introduction to Hazard & Risk Management.
  • Opportunity to participate in at least 2 webinars related to health and safety management system topics.
  • Pre-submission to WSIB desk review and report.
  • Two-hour in-person consultation with an IHSA Health and Safety Management System Consultant (assist with element assessment completion/topic selection).
Medium/Large Business with 50 or More Employees

There is an annual non-refundable fee of $1,210 for medium to large businesses with more than 50 employees, which covers the following:

  • Minimum of two group meetings: direct access to subject matter experts, IHSA resources, and networking.
  • One free e-learning registration: Introduction to Hazard & Risk Management.
  • Opportunity to participate in at least two webinars related to health and safety management system topics.
  • Pre-submission to WSIB desk review and report.
  • Four-hour in-person consultation with an IHSA Health and Safety Management System Consultant (assist with element assessment completion/topic selection)(this may be scheduled over more than one session).
IHSA Health and Safety Excellence Program Contact Information
Email
General Inquiries
IHSA Health and Safety Management System Consultant
Email
Mike Legault
Ivan Rodriguez
Dawn Vanags
Rob Woods

Additional Resources

Registration Process

  • 1 - Firm completes registration form on line and submits
  • 2 - Firm receives a confirmation email that their registration form is under review
  • 3 - Firm receives an email to complete the payment process
  • 4 - Firm receives the link to the WSIB digital portal
  • 5 - Firm registers in the portal and completes the health and safety assessment
  • 6 - IHSA program consultant contacts the firm to provide program support

To register for the program please complete the registration process.

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