January 16, 2014
City of Kamloops Receives Top Nod for Workplace Safety
Kamloops, B.C. –The City of Kamloops recently passed a WorkSafeBC Certificate of Recognition (COR) audit conducted by an external auditor. COR recognizes and rewards employers who go beyond the legal requirements of the Workers Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, by taking a best practices approach to implementing safety management systems in Occupational Health and Safety (the OH&S COR) and Return to Work (the RTW COR) Programs.
The City achieved an overall score of 93% for its Occupational Health and Safety program, with a specific score of 99% for the City's Stay at Work/Return to Work program.
The audit results indicate that both programs at the City of Kamloops are exceeding the standards for COR certification and comply with the audit standards of the BC Municipal Safety Association and WorkSafeBC.
Employers who successfully implement these systems and complete certification may be eligible for rebates of up to 15% of their annual WorkSafeBC assessment. Ultimately programs such as these help create a safer workplace and community, reduce employee injuries, and reduce costs associated with injuries saving tax payer costs.
“While the cost savings through WorkSafeBC are appreciated, the most important message is that our employees can feel safe at work, and know that they have a supportive option in the Return to Work Program,” said City Chief Administrative Officer David Trawin.