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Ontario businesses can register for health and safety program by Feb. 18

Provincial program helps businesses improve safety and earn rewards
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Ryan Mackett, communications manager at Lakehead Region Conservation Authority in Thunder Bay, said the safety program put in place last year affected the workplace in a positive way.

NORTH BAY — Jan. 10, 2022: When it comes to health and safety, many Ontario businesses are uncertain of where to start. That’s where the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) Health and Safety Excellence program comes in.

The provincial Health and Safety Excellence program helps businesses develop their own workplace health and safety programs, network, and learn — all with the potential for earning a WSIB premium rebate.

The pandemic has brought workplace health and safety to the forefront of public awareness, and the Excellence program guides and rewards businesses for the activities they undertake to help keep workers and the public safe says a news release from WSN.

As an approved provider, Workplace Safety North (WSN) has registration available until Feb. 18 for its 2022 Excellence program and encourages Ontario organizations to apply.

Ryan Mackett, communications nanager with the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority in Thunder Bay, said the organization's health and safety culture has been positively impacted since introducing its health and safety program last year.

"The standard samples and organized approach that WSN and the program itself have lends itself to efficient policy development. There’s a lot of resources in place that make it easier than starting from scratch with a blank Word document," he explains.

"There are support and resources in place that help organizations that may be worried about adding more work; there are mechanisms in place that alleviate that. I think the resources provided are excellent."

About Workplace Safety North

An independent not-for-profit, Workplace Safety North (WSN) is one of four sector-based health and safety associations in Ontario. Headquartered in Northern Ontario, WSN provides province-wide ministry-approved workplace health and safety training and services for the mining and forest products industries.