Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board introduced a new safety program Nov. 1 that replaces three older ones and, thanks to a push by construction stakeholders, achieves alignment with the construction sector’s COR safety program. The new voluntary WSIB Health and Safety Excellence program continues the best features of the obsolete programs, Work Well, Safety Groups and Small Business. It encourages Ontario employers to embark on a three-step “roadmap” leading to WSIB safety validation and features a modified track for premium rebates. Construction firms can align with COR by successfully showing mastery of 36 “topics” in the Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced program phases. (Source: ConstructionConnect Canada, 2019).
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