WCB sweetens deal to improve safety

The Yukon Workers' Compensation Health and Safety Board has simplified a program that aims to improve workplace safety.

The Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board has simplified a program that aims to improve workplace safety.

The program, Choices, offers employers discounts to their assessment rates if they complete a certain number of training hours. It was first rolled out in 2008.

Since that time, employers have complained about the “arduous” amount of paperwork involved, said Val Royle, the board’s president.

So, starting in January, the board will make enrolment as simple as ticking a box on the form that employers must complete each year for the board. And, in some cases, bigger discounts are now on offer.

Employers who have a Certificate of Recognition, known as COR, or a Small Employers Certificate of Recognition, known as SECOR, will see the biggest rebate, at 10 per cent of assessments paid.

COR is usually associated with the construction industry, but any business can become certified, said Royle. “We’re COR certified, and we’re an office environment.”

Rebates may be paid up to $25,000. Several big construction outfits with COR will likely receive that much, said Royle.

To be eligible for the rebate, businesses must be in good standing with the board. “If we have to issue you an order to do your first aid training, you’re not going to get a rebate,” said Royle.

Eligible courses include those offered by the Yukon Mine Training Association, Northern Safety Network Yukon, Yukon College and Yukon Federation of Labour. Many are reasonably priced, said Royle. “There are some webinars that are free.”

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