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What is WCB Safety Certified?
Why is being WCB Safety Certified a benefit to my company?
How do I sign up?
How much does it cost to get WCB Safety Certified?
How do I select an audit provider?
How long will the audit take?
My company’s WCB Safety Certified accreditation is only good for one year, but I know another company that does the same work I do and theirs is good for a different period. Why?
I am WCB Safety Certified through Provider X. Can I change audit providers when my certification comes up for renewal?
I have a Certificate of Recognition (COR) from the Nova Scotia Construction Safety Association (NSCSA). Is that the same as being WCB Safety Certified?
I have a COR from another province. Is that the same as being WCB Safety Certified?
If I am WCB Safety Certified, will I get a rebate or reduction in my assessment premiums like in other provinces?


What is WCB Safety Certified?
A WCB Safety Certified accreditation is issued to companies who have passed an audit of their health and safety management system. The audits are conducted by audit providers approved by the WCB to conduct WCB Safety Certified audits.

A WCB Safety Certified audit measures the effectiveness of a company's health and safety management system across 22 elements:

1.       Policy

2.       Compliance Assurance

3.       Detailed Responsibilities

4.       Management Communications and Commitment

5.       Training – Management

6.       Training – On-the-Job

7.       Training – Orientation

8.       Worker Participation

9.       Incident Reporting and Investigation

10.   Inspections

11.   Hazard Assessments

 

  1. Work Refusal Process
  2. Safe Work Practices and Procedures
  3. Emergency Preparedness
  4. Employer Rules
  5. Contractor Health and Safety
  6. Data Analysis / Objectives / Standards
  7. Operational Health and Safety Meetings
  8. Maintenance Policy and Program
  9. Management Performance Standards
  10. Permits and Special Procedures
  11. Personal Protective Equipment

 

For descriptions of the elements and examples of questions an auditor may ask when evaluating your health and safety management system, see “WCB Safety Certified Overview, Criteria and Sample Questions.“

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Why is being WCB Safety Certified a benefit to my company?
Effective health and safety management systems have been shown to have an impact on reducing injuries.  Eliminating the social and financial effects of workplace injuries can strengthen the business success of participating employers.  Being WCB Safety Certified is a visible demonstration of your company’s commitment to workplace health and safety. Increasingly, more and more organizations want to do business with companies they know take safety seriously.People seeking employment are also drawn to companies that show they care about their workers’ safety.  An active and effective health and safety management system can be a great benefit to your recruitment and retention efforts.

Companies who want to bid on any work for the provincial government – particularly construction work for the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal – are required to have WCB Safety Certified accreditation.


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How do I sign up?
You will need to contact one of the approved audit providers and arrange for them to conduct an audit of your health and safety management system.
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How much does it cost to get WCB Safety Certified?
The cost of a certification audit varies among the approved audit providers, and is not something the WCB controls.  You will have to contact the approved audit providers for that information.
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How do I select an audit provider?
You should make your choice of audit provider the same way you would decide on any service provider.  Contact them and ask them to describe their process, the time involved, the cost, and the benefits.  Ask about their expertise with the health and safety aspects of your industry.  Although all approved audit providers can conduct a WCB Safety Certified audit in any industry, some providers may be more familiar with a particular industry than others.
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How long will the audit take?
The length of time an audit will take depends on many factors – including the size of your organization, how many locations you have, your availability, your organization’s readiness to undergo an audit, for example.  The WCB does not establish timeframes for audits.  You will need to discuss that with your audit provider.
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My company’s WCB Safety Certified accreditation is only good for one year, but I know another company that does the same work I do and theirs is good for a different period.  Why?
The length of a valid certification varies among the approved audit providers and they determine which options they will offer when they initially develop their audit procedures.
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I am WCB Safety Certified through Provider X.  Can I change audit providers when my certification comes up for renewal?
Yes.  You can choose to change audit providers – as long as your new provider is approved by the WCB to conduct WCB Safety Certified audits.

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I have a Certificate of Recognition (COR) from the Nova Scotia Construction Safety Association (NSCSA). Is that the same as being WCB Safety Certified?
A COR from the Nova Scotia Construction Safety Association meets the same standard as WCB Safety Certified.
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I have a COR from another province.  Is that the same as being WCB Safety Certified?
No.  In order to be WCB Safety Certified, the audit of your health and safety management system must be conducted by an audit provider approved to conduct WCB Safety Certified audits.

However, if a tendering organization requires you to have an independent, third-party audit of your health and safety management system to bid on a job, it would be up to that tendering organization to determine whether or not to accept a COR from another jurisdiction.
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If I am WCB Safety Certified, will I get a rebate or reduction in my assessment premiums like in other provinces?
The WCB is currently piloting a Practice Incentive Rebate Program in the trucking and construction industries, which will provide rebates for those that meet eligibility criteria – one of which is being WCB Safety Certified. 

The program will be piloted in the trucking and construction industries for a minimum of two years, with the intent of a broader rollout in the future.
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