The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is updating its premium rates for 2020.
- On January 1, WSIB will move to a clearer, transparent premium rate-setting model.
- To learn about the new rate framework: Read more
- WSIB is also offering free monthly webinars to prepare for this change: WSIB monthly webinars
Effective date: September 2019
What is changing?
- Instead of creating specific clearances for each business that a contractor does business with, a clearance will automatically be created for each business that is up-to-date on their premium reporting and payments.
- A clearance certificate will include your business information and classification unit(s), but it will not contain specific principal information. Even though their name doesn’t appear on the certificate, principals will have the same assurance that the WSIB will not hold them liable for outstanding amounts their contractor might owe the WSIB for the period the clearance is valid.
- Validity extended: To ease this change, clearances expiring August 19 will be valid until November 19, 2019
Resources for small agriculture businesses
WSPS has created free, convenient and easy to use checklists for small agriculture businesses. These checklists are available on the farm safety section of our website (https://www.wsps.ca/Farm-Safety-Training/Farm-Safety.aspx), under the Products & Resources area. All resources are listed in alphabetical order. Checklists are separated into different sizes of farming operations and separated into three straightforward sections.
Small Business Checklist: A high level overview of health and safety requirements on a farm. We outline sections such as duties and responsibilities, policy, posting requirements etc.
- - Small Business Checklist: 1-5 employees (Agriculture)
- - Small Business Checklist: 6-19 employees (Agriculture)
- - Small Business Checklist: 20-49 employees (Agriculture)
What to Post: This outlines what is required to be posted on the safety board on a farm and other agriculture businesses.
- - What to post: workplaces with 1-5 employees (Agriculture)
- - What to post: workplaces with 6-19 employees (Agriculture)
- - What to post: workplaces with 20-49 employees (Agriculture)
Employee Orientation: Intended to serve as an orientation tracker as well as a checklist, this tool helps to ensure new employees have completed all necessary safety training. As the new employee completes a certain level of training and or awareness, the employer can track the progress with space to indicate dates completed, etc.
- - Employee orientation and training checklist: 1-5 employees (Agriculture)
- - Employee orientation and training checklist: 20-49 employees (Agriculture)
- - Employee orientation and training checklist: 6-19 employees (Agriculture)
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) (e.g. if you have on-farm retail)
- - AODA Training Modules - https://www.accessforward.ca/
- - AODA Training – Employment Standard – Duty to Accommodate http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/learning/working-together-code-and-aoda
Source: Stefan Larrass, policy advisor, OFVGA