WSIB Announces Special Advisory Committee for Experience Rating



    TORONTO, June 27 /CNW/ - Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)
Chair, Hon. Steven Mahoney, P.C. today announced a Special Advisory Committee
for the Board of Directors that will work closely with WSIB management and a
third-party expert to help make needed reforms to the Experience Rating
system. The committee will be co-chaired by Vice-Chair Patrick Dillon and
Board member Loretta Henderson.
    He also announced the name of a third-party expert, Morneau Sobeco, who
has been hired to work with the committee to identify and recommend changes
that can be made to the Experience Rating system.
    "The Board is very committed to ensuring that the system is better
aligned with the health and safety of Ontario workers, better leverages our
partners in prevention, and gets us to our goal of zero injuries, illnesses
and fatalities," says Mahoney. "We are confident that we are laying the ground
work with short-term reforms and long-term system reform to ensure that this
happens."
    These new initiatives result from the Chair's announcement in March that
the WSIB would begin an immediate review of its Experience Rating program. At
that time he also announced that any company found responsible for a traumatic
fatality will not be getting a rebate from the WSIB for that calendar year.
Earlier this month, the Board of Directors approved a new operational policy
for traumatic fatal claims.
    To help further reform the system, a Validation Unit is being established
to immediately begin validating workplace practices. This will ensure the link
between experience rating rebates and real performance in health and safety
and return to work.
    "The Validation Unit will audit workplaces who receive WSIB rebates to
ensure that the health and safety outcomes they are reporting to the WSIB
truly reflect their actual performance," continues Mahoney.
    Experience rating is a cost-based incentive program intended to promote
good health and safety practices, early and safe return to work and
appropriate disability management practices. In the program, employers receive
rebates or surcharges according to their performance based on claims costs.

    Ontario's Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) plays a key role in
the province's occupational health and safety system. The WSIB administers
no-fault workplace insurance for employers and their workers and is committed
to the prevention of workplace injuries and illnesses. The WSIB provides
disability benefits, monitors the quality of healthcare, and assists in early
and safe return to work for workers who are injured on the job or contract an
occupational disease.





For further information:

For further information: Christine Arnott, WSIB Media Relations, (416)
344-4202, christine_arnott@wsib.on.ca


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