Thanks to the PAC WSIB, a workplace safety initiative organized by PAC – The Packaging Association, Safety Group members watched their lost time accident severity rates drop by 5.07 per cent and frequency rates drop by 9.8 per cent below the industry average (see above chart).
These exceptional safety record achievements have also been awarded a collective real dollar rebate of $593,493.36 for the year. Since the inception of the program the PAC Safety Group has returned over $4,544,350 to participants.
In light of the recent WSIB decision to readjust the NEER (New Experimental Experience rating) billing system to require Schedule 1 employers to carry workplace accident costs on their NEER statements for an additional year (now four years) effective December 31, 2010 and raise or hold static 2011 rate group, it has become increasingly important to reduce workplace accidents. The WSIB safety group program is seen as an avenue for accomplishing this goal.
Throughout the annual program, PAC Safety Group members learn to improve accident investigation procedures, identify and eliminate workplace hazards, improve return to work protocols, and carefully monitor accident cost and NEER billing statements.
PAC Safety Group members enjoy the opportunity to send employees to attend up to five lectures offered by experts from various industries all for the one price of annual membership fees. In 2010, members heard lectures from a variety of experts in the field of violence and harassment, MOL (Ontario Ministry of Labour) blitzes and ticketing, hazard recognition, and safe racking.
The PAC Safety Group program’s 2010 members are:
- BI-AX International;
- C&B Display;
- Cadbury Chocolate;
- Conros Corporation;
- Corbrook Sheltered Workshops;
- Crown Metal Pkg. Canada L.P.;
- Dr Oetker Canada;
- Duplium Corporation;
- Econ-O-Pak Ltd.;
- Genpak Industries;
- Greenwood Mushroom Farms;
- Husky Injection Molding Systems;
- Hymopack Ltd.;
- Kraft Canada Inc.;
- Metro Label Company;
- Millard Refrigerated Services;
- National Rubber Technologies;
- Nestle Canada;
- Niagara Pallet and Recyclers Ltd.;
- Nova Pack Ltd.;
- Patterned Concrete Ontario Inc.;
- Poly-Cel Packaging Products;
- Silgan Plastics;
- Sonoco Flexible Packaging;
- The Dominion Group Inc.;
- Tri-Con Concrete Finishing Co Ltd.;
- Yee Hong Centre For Geriatric Care
Applications to join the PAC WSIB Safety Group close December 31, 2010. To join, contact Nicki Dryburgh, CRSP manager PAC Safety Group Program at 416-265-5166 or via e-mail at email@example.com
You can also visit the PAC web-site at www.pac.ca/index.php/pac/safetygroup.