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CME supports new prevention initiative

Published by CME webmaster on December 20, 2010

TORONTO - With $220 million spent yearly on the delivery of health and safety services in Ontario, CME welcomed the Tony Dean Report (Expert Panel on Occupational Health and Safety), which was released today.  “Its direction is a positive step in better aligning theactivities of the Ministry and other health and safety delivery agencies, and providing employers with much needed reliable data on prevention performance" said Ian Howcroft, vice president of Canadian Manufacturers & ExportersOntario.
The Report’s key recommendation is the establishment of a new prevention organization headed by a Chief PreventionExecutive who will report directly to the Minister of Labour.  CME recommended this move and is pleased with this recommendation.  “We believe that the removal of the prevention function from the WSIB is long overdue.  The WSIB is an insurance program, first and foremost.  The prevention function simply added confusion, duplication, and a lack of clarity regarding the roles of the Ministry of Labour, the WSIB prevention area and the other health and safety delivery partners,” said Ian Howcroft.
Ian Howcroft also stated that: “CME is pleased with the recognition by the Panel that the report’s recommendations can be fully funded within the current spending allocations.  During this critical period of economic recovery, it is vital that employers not be saddles with additional WSIB costs.”
However, CME is concerned with some of the report recommendations, particularly the lack of understanding regarding Experience Rating (ER) Programs versus voluntary incentive prevention programs.  Experience Rating, in the context of an insurance program is a premium adjustment program intended to adjust premiums.  The positive results of ER have been the promotion of prevention and early return to work. The Report threatens the ER insurance principle as it proposed changing theprogram to make adjustments based on OHS improvements only. ER is clearly a funding issue and should be outside the scope of the prevention review.  CME will be sharing its comments with the Minister as it fully reviews all aspects of the report.
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is Canada’s leading trade and industry association and the voice of manufacturing and global business in Canada. 

The association representsmore than 10,000 leading companies nationwide. More than 85% of CME’s members are small and medium-sized enterprises. As Canada’s leading business network, CME, through various initiatives including the establishment of the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition, touches more than 100,000 companies from coast to coast, engaged in manufacturing, global business and service-related industries. 

CME’s membership network accounts for an estimated 82% of total manufacturing production and 90% of Canada’s exports.

For more information, contact:
Ian Howcroft, CME Ontario
(416) 419-6119


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