LANGLEY, B.C. — B.C. trucking companies are now eligible for WorkSafe BC premium rebates upon completion of a newly-developed Certificate of Recognition program.
The first stage of the new truck safety program was completed this week, with a pilot aimed at fleets with 20 or more employees. Participating fleets took various courses as part of the program with hopes of realizing premium rebates when demonstrating a recognized level of health and safety compliance, according to WorkSafe BC.
Courses involved in the program range from a half day to two days in length and include: senior management/owner, return to work, external auditor and health and safety management. Representatives from up to 12 companies attended each course.
According to organizers, “Certificate of Recognition uses a top-down approach to changing the health and safety culture of an organization by focusing on management, giving them the tools necessary to make positive changes that will be reflected in the health and safety practices of the company.”
The program is new to the trucking industry, but has existed in B.C. since 2003 in other industries such as forestry and construction. In other provinces such as Alberta, COR programs have led to as much as a 40% reduction in lost time and disabling injury claims.
To qualify for the WorkSafe BC premium rebate, carriers must take several steps leading to COR certification, beginning with the mandatory COR courses which must be attended by company owners, managers and supervisors. Once training is completed, companies undergo an external review of their health and safety management program. Upon completion of the auditing process, the rebates are issued.
In addition to the rebates, organizers also say participating trucking companies enjoy a safer, healthier workforce which boosts productivity. They can also use the COR logo to promote their achievements. The second phase of the program will be to roll the program out to smaller companies with four to 19 employees. Companies with one to three employees will eventually have access to the program as well.
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