Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions about the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC

Who is the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC?

The Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC is the membership-based health and safety association for manufacturers and food processors in British Columbia.

What does the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC do?

Our role is to help reduce injury in the workplace through committed leadership and the implementation of a proven health and safety management system for our members.

What is the difference between the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC and WorkSafeBC?

The Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC is not WorkSafeBC. We are the Certifying Partner for the food, beverage,and manufacturing industries in BC. The Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC has an agreement with WorkSafeBC to provide an occupational health and safety association to promote safe work practices in workplaces in BC and to administer the OSSE (COR) recognition program for companies in our assigned classification units (CUs) as well as other members.

How can the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC help me in building an effective safety culture?

Working with industry leaders such as CEOs, senior executives and safety managers, the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC helps increase the value of an organization by optimizing the value of its most valuable assets – its people.

Membership Related Questions

How do I become a member?

First of all; you may already be a member. If you are a company which belongs to the CUs assigned to the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC by WorkSafeBC, you are probably a member. To find out simply click here or call us at 604.795.9595. To find out if you want to be become a member, read on.

How will I benefit from being a member?

Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC membership will give you access to our considerable resources and tools, advisory services, training and programs in order to help you build your health and safety programs and improve your safety culture. You will enjoy support from a devoted network of industry members and professionals committed to assisting one another in lowering injury rates and improving health and safety in BC workplaces.
For a full list of benefits please see the OSSE section below.

Do I have to be a member to receive your services or use your tools and resources?

No. Some of our tools and resources are available to everyone for free. We charge nominal fees for training.

What kind of memberships do you offer?

We offer four classes of membership:

  1. Businesses included in the WorkSafeBC classification units (CUs) we serve
  2. Manufacturers engaged directly or indirectly in the manufacturing of products in BC outside the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC CUs
  3. Industry suppliers, warehousing and other related businesses that want to improve their safety culture by lowering their injury rates and their annual WorkSafeBC insurance premiums.
  4. Associations, consultants, or service providers interested in connecting with BC manufacturers through networking events and marketing opportunities

How much does it cost to be a member?

Our Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3 members pay a fee based on 9 cents per $100 in assessable payroll for a renewable annual membership. Class 4 members pay a fixed rate annual membership fee of $399 which is independent of your payroll size.

What do I do if I want to become a member?

To become a member of the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC please call us at 604.795.9595 or email by clicking here. We will be glad to help.

OSSE Related Questions

What is OSSE?

The Occupational Safety Standard of Excellence (OSSE) is BC’s solution for manufacturers seeking a comprehensive health and safety management system. Using a best practices approach, in cooperation with WorkSafeBC, the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC is proud to offer significant financial rewards for successful completion of the OSSE Journey. The program promotes equally the concept of managing health and safety with other components necessary for a successful business such as profitability and productivity.

What are the benefits of OSSE?

  • Reduced injury rates
  • Reduced premiums
  • Reduced absenteeism
  • Higher productivity
  • Higher profits
  • Demonstrate corporate responsibility
  • Demonstrate community stewardship
  • Be an employer of choice

Being entitled to use the OSSE seal, as only OSSE certified companies can, in all of your marketing and promotional materials will add an important message about your brand for your customers.

To discover your potential savings you can use our online Financial Return on Investment Calculator by simply clicking here.

How is OSSE different from COR?

OSSE is COR for the manufacturing and food processing industries.

How much does OSSE Certification cost?

The cost of the external audit, which will confer OSSE certification status, depends on the size of the company being audited. Due to sampling requirements, the larger the company, the more employees or sites must be interviewed and observed.

How long does it take to become OSSE certified?

The length of time required for OSSE certification depends upon the state of your existing safety management system. Many employers are currently meeting all the OSSE requirements, while others may require up to 18 months to successfully implement the elements of the program.

How long does OSSE Certification last?

The OSSE certification is valid for three years from the date of certification, provided the employer performs internal maintenance audits in the second and third years and complies with the terms and conditions of the OSSE Program. An external audit is required in year four to complete the re-certification audit.

How can I calculate my rebate?

You can use our online Financial Return on Investment Calculator to get an estimate of the potential rebates from which you could benefit by adopting OSSE as your health and safety management system. To discover your potential savings you can use our online Financial Return on Investment Calculator by simply clicking here.

When do I receive my rebate?

Rebate cheques are issued by WorkSafeBC each year to employers who are eligible. To be eligible means that employers must be OSSE certified by a certifying partner and be “in good standing with WorkSafeBC”. Rebate cheques are normally issued towards the middle of the calendar year. If your base line audit (original OSSE certifying audit) is completed before the end of the calendar year and it passes, the corresponding rebate cheque will be made in the next calendar year.

How do I get started?

Simply give us a call at 604.795.9595 or email us at manufacturing@safetyalliancebc.ca and we will be glad to help you start your OSSE Journey.

What is a GAP Analysis?

The first step in your OSSE Journey is an assessment of the gaps in your program when compared to the criteria for a comprehensive safety management system. This is called GAP Analysis. You need to understand what your program’s strengths and weaknesses are, so that you can plug the gaps and take what is successful to a higher level.

To learn more please contact us at manufacturing@safetyalliancebc.ca, or call us at 604.795.9595.

Who are the OSSE certified companies?

Please visit our OSSE Hall of Fame to get a full list of all of our OSSE certified companies as of July 2016.

Safety Pooling System Related Questions

What is the Safety Pooling System (SPS)?

The Safety Pooling System (SPS) allows you to share the cost of a dedicated FIOSA-MIOSA safety professional with five other companies.

With a two-year commitment, the safety professional will take you from the GAP Analysis, through the action plan and help you work towards OSSE certification.

How much does SPS cost?

The costs of participating in the SPS Program are shared equally among the participants and amount to approximately 1/6th of the cost of administering the OSSE Standard in each of the participating pool companies.

What are the benefits of SPS?

Companies which are eligible to participate in the SPS team will experience considerable benefits.

These include:

  • Having a dedicated safety professional write, develop and implement the OSSE safety management system
  • Share best practices with other leaders within your network
  • Acquire a qualified occupational health and safety professional to build your program at a fraction of the cost
  • Enjoy the confidence of knowing that a qualified safety professional is helping you build a safety management system to address your specific needs and help you secure OSSE certification

How long does SPS take?

The Safety Pooling System requires a two-year commitment.

Training Related Questions

What health and safety training do you offer?

The Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC offers health and safety training to our members and others through a variety of convenient platforms. Traditional classroom training is available at regularly scheduled times and locations throughout the year. Our selection of online training options is expanding all the time and we also offer the option, at your convenience, of delivering our courses at your place of business through our specialized Made-2-Measure program. In keeping with the latest trends in learning, our delivery is moving towards a blended approach to better cater to your needs.

For a full list of available courses please click here.

For a list of courses available through our Online Learning Centre please click here.

How much does your training cost?

The Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC’s training courses compare to industry standards. For a full breakdown simply call us at 604.795.9595 or email us at manufacturing@safetyalliancebc.ca and we will be glad to help.

How can I register for courses?

Simply call us at 604.795.9595 or email us at manufacturing@safetyalliancebc.ca and we will be glad to help.

How long does SPS take?

The Safety Pooling System requires a two-year commitment.

Do I have to be a member to take a course?

No, our training is available to everyone.

What training options do you offer?

  • Classroom
  • Online
  • On site (Made-2-Measure)

What is Made-2-Measure Training?

The Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC offers customized Made-2-Measure onsite training at your location.

Get in Touch

What events do you attend or offer where I can meet your representatives to learn more about your organisation?

The Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC attends many conferences, conducts a number of Peer-to-Peer meetings and Townhall sessions through the province every year. In addition we host two major conferences: the Annual Make it Safe Manufacturers Safety Conference in October and the BC Safety Charter Annual Roundtable in April.

To find out more please give us a call at 604.795.9595 or email us at manufacturing@safetyalliancebc.ca and we will be glad to help.

How do I find out more about the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC?

If we haven’t been able to answer your question here please simply call us at 604.795.9595 or email us at manufacturing@safetyalliancebc.ca and we will be glad to help you with your health and safety concerns.