Partnerships in Injury Reduction (PIR) promotes health and safety through partnerships with safety associations, industry groups, educational institutions and labour organizations. It is designed to encourage injury prevention and the development of effective workplace health, safety management systems.
PIR employers can earn a Certificate of Recognition (COR) or Small Employer Certificate of Recognition (SECOR) after a successful audit of their health and safety management system that meets the provincial partnership standards. The Workers compensation Board of Alberta (WCB) provides the PIR refund to participating employers, up to a maximum of 20 per cent of industry-rated premiums in the previous calendar year. The employer will also receive an additional variable refund if they have reduced their claims and claim costs compared to others in the same industry.
This year thousands of Alberta employers are receiving a refund as part of the PIR program, sharing over $72 million in refunds for their 2016 performance. Many of these companies are ACSA member companies, receiving a total value of $34,010,815 in 2016 PIR rebates.
Our Acting Executive Director, Tammy Hawkins, is pictured with the framed PIR rebate ‘cheque’ on behalf of the ACSA membership, and to acknowledges their diligence in safety and effective return to work. ACSA member COR/SECOR companies started to receive their respective rebate cheques last month. Helpful resources for further information on PIR can be found at the WCB website or at the Government of Alberta website.