Founded in 1994, the Nova Scotia Construction Safety Association (NSCSA) was structured so that a portion of its funding came from a levy on assessments paid to the Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia (WCB) by construction industry employers.
The industry funded levy is currently calculated based upon four factors; assessable payroll, WCB assessment rate, experience rating and the NSCSA levy rate. The initial levy rate was set at 3.5% of WCB assessments (equivalent to $0.17 per $100 of assessable payroll). The average rate for construction in 1994 was $5.18.
In 1997, the rate was reduced to 3.25% of assessments (equivalent to $0.14 per $100 of assessable payroll). From 2002 to 2006, the rate of the levy was further reduced to its current rate of 2.6% of assessments (equivalent to $0.11 per $100 of assessable payroll). The average WCB assessment rate has declined 27% from $5.18 in 1994 to $3.76 in 2015.
The WCB rate reduction is a measure of the construction industry's success in reducing the frequency and cost of lost time accidents. Between 1993 and 2014, lost time accidents have declined from 1,224 to 506 despite the fact that the industry has tripled its total assessable payroll during that period.
The reduction in the rate of the levy over the past 20 years has had a negative impact on the NSCSA's ability to respond to the demand for OH&S services from industry. This, combined with an improved safety performance and a reduction in assessment rates based on improved experience, has reduced the amount being paid. To ensure the NSCSA is able to continue to provide quality, accessible and affordable services to the construction industry, the Board of Directors developed a long term sustainable funding strategy.
Beginning in January 2016, the levy will be calculated based on an average of $0.17 per $100 of assessable payroll. To calculate your individual levy, your firm's industry rate and experience rating factors are considered. These changes come after consultations with our founding members and the unanimous approval of the Board of Directors. Our founding members include the following organizations:
- Atlantic Concrete Association
- Construction Association of NS
- NS Road Builders' Association
- NS Home Builders' Association
- Mainland NS Building & Construction Trades Council
- Cape Breton Building & Construction Trades Council
- NS Transportation & Infrastructure Renewal
- Nova Scotia Power Inc.
This funding strategy will allow the NSCSA to keep its fees for services at the lowest cost possible and effective January 1, 2016, will provide these additional benefits to members:
- The COR training program (Principles of Loss Control, COR Evaluation, Leadership for Safety Excellence, Hazard Identification and Control) will be offered at no charge.
- Firms getting COR certified for the first time will have their first year COR evaluation fee waived.
For more detailed information, please visit our website at www.nscsa.org and click on the "Funding Strategy" link on the right hand side of our homepage.
Should you have any questions pertaining to these changes, please direct your concerns to one of the following staff members by calling 902-468-6696:
- Jonathan White – Safety Services Delivery Manager – ext. 31
- Harrison Diamond - Communications Coordinator
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