OSSE is BC’s solution for manufacturers seeking a comprehensive health and safety management system. It is the Certificate of Recognition (COR) certification program for BC manufacturers and food processors. In cooperation with WorkSafeBC, the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC is able to help companies earn significant financial rewards by achieving OSSE certification.
The OSSE Accreditation Program is equivalent to WorkSafeBC’s Partners in Injury and Disability Prevention Program, which provides industry with the “Certificate of Recognition” (COR). The Certificate of Recognition 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 health, safety, and return-to-work (RTW) management systems. The program promotes equally the concept of managing health and safety together with other components necessary for a successful business such as profitability and productivity.
Financial rewards are earned by employers who achieve OSSE certification as the OSSE certification is equivalent to WorkSafeBC’s COR. Employers who earn the OHS OSSE can receive rebates of 10% of their WorkSafeBC base assessment. Employers who earn the RTW OSSE will receive an additional 5%. These rebates are paid directly from WorkSafeBC in the year following OSSE certification.