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Small Business Health and Safety Programs (formerly SCIP)

The Small Business Health and Safety Programs offer two health and safety incentive programs for small business. The programs are exclusively for owners and senior managers of small businesses, because research and experience have shown that commitment and leadership from owners and senior management is essential to developing effective health and safety programs and return to work programs.

  • Building Health and Safety Awareness is an introduction to health and safety designed to create awareness of risks in the workplace and an understanding of a small business’ legal requirements under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act and Occupational Health and Safety Act. Firms that meet the program requirements - participation in two in-class training sessions and the creation of a health and safety action plan - are eligible to receive a 5% rebate (one time only) on their WSIB premiums. You are welcome to join Building Health and Safety Awareness if your business has been registered with the WSIB for less than 24 months.
  • Building Your Health and Safety Program further enhances health and safety awareness and helps you develop an effective and successful health and safety program to better manage your business risks. Firms can receive a 5% rebate (one time only) after they participate in three in-class training sessions and develop and submit a workplace self evaluation checklist, a health and safety action plan, a workplace inspection procedure and a return to work procedure. You may join  Building your Health and Safety Program if your business has been registered with the WSIB for 24 months or more.

Firms are not eligible to receive rebates from both Small Business Health and Safety Programs in the same calendar year.

Who can join?

You are eligible to join if your firm:

  • is registered as a Schedule 1 employer and is in good standing with the WSIB
  • pays $90,000 or less in WSIB premiums per year
  • is not part of the WSIB Safety Groups Program and has not received a SCIP rebate in the past

Course content

In Building Health and Safety Awareness (two separate two-hour sessions), you’ll learn how to:

  • comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Workplace Safety & Insurance Act
  • identify and manage hazards in your workplace to keep you and your employees safe
In Building your Health and Safety Program (three separate four-hour sessions), you’ll learn how to:
  • Develop a return to work program
  • Develop and implement a health and safety policy and action plan
  • Develop and manage an effective health and safety program
  • Identify and manage hazards in your workplace

What others are saying about our programs

“Most small businesses do not have a lot of money to put towards health and safety. SCIP offers small business owners a cost-effective way to learn and implement health and safety programs in their workplace. Every small business owner should take advantage of the program. It is an excellent program with beneficial outcomes.”

Lisa Button, Health & Safety Coordinator,
AllType Metal Stampings Ltd.
Stoney Creek, Ontario

“SCIP is an easy-to-follow, logical program for health and safety. It gives you new insight into health and safety and what is expected from you as a business owner. I learned what I had to do in my business and how to communicate the information to my staff. Overall, it is an excellent program.”

Patrick Smith, Co-owner and Vice-President,
Paluski Boats Ltd.
Peterborough, Ontario

How to register

Download an application form and email it to SCIPTraining@wsib.on.ca

Training schedules

For more information

Teresa Caravella, WHSS Program Administrator
Tel: 416-344-2287
Toll-free: 1-800-387-0750 (ten digit extension 416-344-2287)
Fax: 416-344-3493
Email: SCIPTraining@wsib.on.ca

Joanne Gordon, Manager, Small Business Health and Safety Programs
Tel: 416-344-4046
Toll-free: 1-800-387-0750 (ten digit extension 416-344-4046)
Fax: 416-344-3493
Email: joanne_gordon@wsib.on.ca
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