The Workplace Safety and Insurance Act permits the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) to evaluate the workplace conditions and practices of any firms that pay premiums to the Board. One such evaluation is called a Workwell Audit. Typically, those firms that have consistently poor WSIB experience (in terms of accident costs) are targeted for this type of Audit.
Specifically, this detailed, intensive Audit identifies areas requiring improvement and the firm is given a relatively short period of time to correct these deficiencies.
The Audit process entails two rounds of evaluation:
The Initial Baseline Review: the employer is provided with the results of the auditors evaluation and is given 6 months to improve.
The Return Audit: approximately 6 months following the initial Audit, a final Audit is performed to measure improvement.
Failure to pass the Return Audit with a score of at least 75% can result in a fine to the employer from 10 to 75% of the firm’s original premium.
STACS Inc. has been assisting customers to not only pass the audit, but to implement a sustainable Health and Safety Program, meeting the ongoing health and safety needs of the organization well beyond the Workwell intervention.
Specifically, STACS Inc. has been involved in the following areas:
Conducting pre-audits, prior to the WSIB initial baseline review
Reviewing the initial audit reports and providing advice
Writing site and equipment specific safe operating procedures (as required by the Workwell Audit).
Training staff on the corrective measures outlined in the Workwell Audit.