Preventing workplace injuries is more than just having a safety policy, forming a safety committee or having a safety rep and providing first aid training.
It’s about making a commitment to your employees, customers, suppliers and community to continuously work towards a healthy and safe workplace. WCB Safety Certified accreditation demonstrates that your business takes safety seriously.
Being Safety Certified signifies your ongoing commitment to making your workplace the safest it can be.
Becoming Safety Certified means a company has developed and implemented a safety management system specifically for their business. This safety management system has been evaluated and measured for its effectiveness by one of NSTSA’s safety auditors. Any size company can become Safety Certified.
The auditors conduct an audit appropriate to the size of the business, from a one-person operation to large multi-location workplaces.
The Safety Certified program allows companies to be eligible to bid on government, school board and municipal work across Nova Scotia. Increasingly many organizations and corporations require contractors and other businesses bidding on jobs and services to provide evidence of having successfully achieved and maintain their Safety Certified status. Attaining and maintaining Safety Certified status offers rewards for trucking companies. Those successful companies are eligible for WCB’s incentive rebate program.
Since the Safety Certified incentive rebate program started in 2013, over 400 trucking companies have shared in excess of $750,000 in rebates for achieving Safety Certified status. In 2016, rebate cheques totaling over $210,00 have gone out to trucking companies. In 2017 the total rebates surpassed $1,000,000.00 returned back to the industry from 2013 to 2016.
Just released stats from Workers Compensation Board share great news that the trucking industry is
safer today than it was in 2010. In the last 5 years time loss claims have decreased by 28% to 152 from 27, 180 in 2010.
The amount of days paid to injured workers has seen a dramatic decrease. In 2010; 27,180 days were lost due to time-loss injuries. In 2015 that number has dropped 56% to 11,890.
Workplace safety is improving in part thanks to programs like the Safety Certified program. These statics are proof that a focus on safety pays back in many ways, the most important are less workplace injuries, both companies and workers benefit from injury prevention.
To learn how NSTSA can help you and your company develop your health and safety program to become Safety Certified, please contact the NSTSA: 1 (888) 329-9660 | firstname.lastname@example.org
The following is a current list of companies (with their permission) who have achieved safety certification through the Nova Scotia Trucking Safety Association (NSTSA).(last updated February 16, 2017)