Partners in Injury Reduction (PIR)
Great Western Forestry is a Certificate of Recognition holder in Partners in Injury Reduction (PIR) through Alberta Forest Products Association.
A COR is issued by the Alberta government in conjunction with an accredited certifying partner who helps with the establishment of workplace health and safety standards.
About Partnerships in Injury Reduction (PIR)
Partnerships in Injury Reduction (PIR) is a voluntary pricing program that operates through the combined efforts of the Workers’ Compensation Board – Alberta (WCB), Alberta Employment and Immigration, industry partners, safety associations, employers and labour groups. It is designed to encourage injury prevention and the development of effective workplace health, safety and disability management systems. All employers can participate in the PIR program and be eligible for refunds by maintaining a Certificate of Recognition (COR). For more information or to register visit www.wcb.ab.ca/employers/pir.asp.
Employers will be measured in three ways. The measurement which achieves the greatest industry rate refund will be used.
- Certificate of Recognition (COR) - Alberta Employment and Immigration and a Certifying Partner (safety/industry association) award Certificates of Recognition to those employers who have a health and safety management system that meets a standard set by Alberta Employment and Immigration. To achieve the COR, employers must obtain a score of at least 50 per cent on each element of an audit, and an overall score of 80 per cent. Upon earning a COR, an employer is eligible for a 10 per cent industry rate refund for the first year, and then 5 per cent every year they maintain their COR. There are no surcharges in the PIR program. Employers must have a valid COR to receive a refund.
- Improving performance - Employers’ performance will be compared to their own historical record. Employers can earn industry rate refunds if they improve their claim cost performance. Employers will receive a 1 per cent refund for every 1 per cent that they improve their performance by, up to a maximum of 20 per cent. To recognize that it takes time to build effective health and safety programs, employers have a one year grace period to achieve their COR and still be eligible for the refund under this measure.
- Maintaining industry leadership - Employers’ performance will be compared to their industry average. Employers who perform significantly better than their industry average over two consecutive years in claim costs can earn larger refunds (from 10 per cent for performing 50 per cent better than industry average, to the maximum 20 per cent for performing 90 per cent better than industry average (with graduated refunds in between). To earn industry rate refunds under this measure, employers must have a valid COR.