There will be a significant change to the SAFE Companies program taking place in 2024 impacting employers that normally submit audits in December. 

 All other employers with audit due dates between January and November will not be impacted by this change.

The year-end audit due date will now be November 30th (from December 31st).

Why is the year-end audit deadline changing?

In consultation with the SAFE Companies Advisory Committee and BCFSC Program Committee, the year end audit due date is being changed to November 30thThis means that all audits normally submitted in December will need to be completed (last day of data collection for BASE) by November 30th.

This new date will benefit employers and BCFSC by: 

  1. Providing employers that normally submit an audit in December with additional time to achieve a successful audit result and be eligible for the COR incentive.
  2. Reducing pressure on external auditors to complete audits in December.
  3. Allowing BCFSC staff to schedule site visits earlier in the year which will benefit injury reduction with workers.
  4. Alleviating the significant audit review surge in January and February providing BCFSC staff with an opportunity to focus on preparing the COR incentive forecast for WorkSafeBC.

What does this mean?

All audits will now be required to be completed and submitted (last day of data collection for BASE) by November 30th for an audit period between November 2023 to October 2024.

What if I can’t meet the new deadline this year?

2024 will be a transition year as employers and auditors adjust to accommodate the November 30th due date. New Certifications or vital Recertifications to reacquire SAFE Certification in December will continue to be accepted.

Audit Forms by Company size

IOO Audit Forms

(One owner + one office support)


(2 -19 employees or one employee + contractors)

BASE Audit Forms

(Large Employer = 20+ employees)

2019 Audit Submission Methods

Arranging an Audit

An auditor is a health and safety professional qualified to assess a company's health and safety program. They are trained to conduct qualifying certification audits.

Learn more about arranging an audit for your SAFE Certification.

Submitting Audits

BCFSC offers multiple options for submitting audits. The most efficient and effective way is to use our new Online Audit Tool (OAT) which allows you to fill out your audit forms online and submit in one easy location.

Completed audit documents can be also be uploaded to our website, emailed, couriered or dropped off the BCFSC Nanaimo office.

Learn more about Submitting SAFE Companies Audits.