The WSIB recently released their By the Numbers: 2016 Statistical Report. Further to WSIB-specific statistics like how many RTW visits were made last year, this report also contains broader information that provides insight into the general health and safety being achieved within Ontario workplaces. New to the resource is the ability to run your own reports using their Report builder app and a few other helpful changes.
The WSIB made a few changes to By the Numbers this year in order to make it increasingly user-friendly. The website was redeveloped so that users can now interact with the charts and graphs, making it easier to understand the data being shown. Reports and specific information can now be downloaded in a variety of formats, ultimately making the site more accessible. They also added new focus chapters that profile both Schedule 1 and Schedule 2 employers, helping to categorize and explain the statistics in a clearer and more definitive manner.
Perhaps the most useful tool on the site is the Report Builder. This allows visitors to select the specific data they’d like to see and the site automatically creates a custom report accordingly. Changes made to the Report Builder include the added ability to recall data that’s specific to a rate group classification, along with fatality data which is now an additional option for viewing.
Using the Data
The overall intention of the WSIB in providing this information and updating its functions is to give employers and workers a resource that will help them identify how they can make their workplaces safer and healthier.
This resource is a great way to benchmark how your company is performing in comparison with the provincial numbers, and finding out specific information that can help you identify risks associated with your industry and plan for how to mitigate them before they become an issue (or larger one) for your business.
It’s also helpful in spotting both provincial and WSIB trends that may impact how you approach claims management, as well as what steps you’ll take in the future to further improve your position within the system. Ultimately, By the Numbers is a resource that employers and workers should look at to stay updated with the WSIB and claims management in Ontario.
If you have any questions about the WSIB, health and safety, or other HR topics, we would be happy to help you. You can contact Anna Aceto-Guerin at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 519-624-0800.
You can view the WSIB By the Numbers report here: http://www.wsibstatistics.ca/
WSIB By the Numbers Webpage - http://www.wsibstatistics.ca/
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