In order to obtain your SAFE Companies certification, your company needs to go through the following steps:
Step 1 – Complete and Submit the SAFE Companies Registration Form
The registration fee for a SEBASE company is $672.00 (includes HST)
The registration fee for an ISEBASE company is $336.00 (includes HST)
Before you start the registration process, make sure your have:
You can start the registration process by following the instructions here.
Step 2 – Complete SAFE Companies Training Requirements
A representative from each small company is required to successfully complete an industry-developed training course called the Small Employer OHS Training Course. This is a 2 day course and is taught by experienced forest safety professionals. It brings participants up to date on safety laws and best practices, as well as giving practical advice on safety programs and completing the Small Companies (SEBASE or ISEBASE) certification audit.
The cost of registering for this course, including HST is $308.00. This cost is not included in your SAFE Companies registration fee.
More info on training can be found here under Training or by visiting the Council's training calendar. Click here to visit the Council's training calendar.
Step 3 – Ensure an Effective Health and Safety Program
After the training a small company will assess their current safety program against the SEBASE Audit standard or the ISEBASE Audit standard. The audit, training and support forms can assist you in identifying gaps in your program and provide the information you need to make sure your program is complete.
Registered companies that have already attended training, but may still have some questions regarding their health and safety program can benefit from a Safety Advocate visiting their company.
Safety Advocates act as “coaches” for companies in the SAFE companies program. They work with companies to:
Can I use a Safety Advocate?
In order to use the services of a Safety Advocate, your company needs to be registered in the SAFE Companies Program, and a company representative must have completed the SAFE Companies training. These requirements are in place to ensure that your company has begun the basic steps of building a health and safety program before an Advocate’s services are supplied.
More information on Safety Advocates - including application forms - can be found here.
Step 4 – Perform and Submit Your SEBASE or ISEBASE Audit
The person who attended the training should also do the audit on your company’s health and safety program. A score of 80% overall, and at least 51% on each of the elements of the audit is required to obtain SAFE Companies certification.
Once audit submission documentation has been sent to the BC Forest Safety Council a quality assurance review will be conducted, which includes a review of your documents and scoring.
After the quality assurance review is done, SAFE Companies certification will be awarded and feedback on the both the audit report and the health and safety program will be sent to the company.
The Council will also register for the Certificate of Recognition (COR) rebate with WorkSafeBC on behalf of the company. WorkSafeBC has the final authority over awarding COR rebates, which are usually calculated in June of each year and sent directly to the company.
Needing SAFE Certification to work, but your business situation makes it hard to achieve? Find out more.
Step 5 – Maintain your SAFE Companies Certification
To maintain your SAFE Companies certification you will need to do your audit every year and send it in to the Council, where we will ensure it is complete. You will continue to receive your COR rebates every year as long as you maintain SAFE certification and are in good standing with WorkSafeBC.
Find out more about maintaining your SAFE certification.