Sandro Perruzza, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services, Toronto, Canada
Overview: Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) is a sponsor of the Safety Group program, a financial incentive program currently administered by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board in Ontario. From its experience as a sponsor, and its evaluation of the program over time, WSPS has gained valuable insight into what initially draws people into the program and what keeps them coming back year after year.
This session introduces Safety Groups as a financial incentive program, shares the WSPS’s real-world experiences with respect to which organizations have been drawn into this program, what they value about the experience that keeps them engaged, and how this can translate into health and safety prevention outcomes.
Conclusion: While financial incentives may be an initial draw to engage workplaces to invest in health and safety, multi-component programs that integrate opportunities to collaborate, share experiences and demonstrate value are the key to sustainable health and safety prevention.