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A Classification Unit is a grouping defined by WorkSafeBC. It groups employers in similar industries with similar injury risk levels together to facilitate fair and equitable assessment rates. For example, the Classification Unit 766011 groups together long term care facilities, homes for the physically challenged, and multilevel care facilities together (among others). A full description of the 766011 unit can be found through WorkSafeBC here.

As an employer, your WorkSafeBC-provided documentation will identify what Classification Unit you belong to.

 

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Membership in SafeCare BC is automatic, and determined according to your WorkSafeBC Classification Unit number. All employers in the Classification Unit 766011 are members of SafeCare BC. This group includes employers who provide 24-hour skilled care and a primary place of residence to their clients. The vast majority of long term care facilities that are not owned and operated by health authorities fall under this designation; however, this designation does not include assisted living, retirement homes, or substance abuse treatment centres.

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The Alberta CCSA has reached a number of successes since it was started in 2005.  For example:

  • Decrease in total number of claims by an average of 20%
  • Decrease in lost time claims by over 26%
  • Decrease in injury rates by over 30%
  • Decrease in back claims by 36%

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Employers in classification unit 766011 may not individually remove themselves from SafeCare BC premiums.

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If you are an employee working in the long term care sector you automatically have access to SafeCare BC’s programs, services and resources..

Employers (the Long Term Care provider) rates are calculated as follows:

The 2014 preliminary base rate for Long Term Care was set at $2.71 per $100 of assessable payroll. With the approval of SafeCare BC the base rate was been increased to include a levy to fund SafeCare BC. The new 2014 base rate, including the levy, is calculated at $2.75. This rate will be applied to 2014 insurance premiums of all employers in Long term Care (classification unit 766011). The levy to fund SafeCare BC in 2015 is yet to be determined but can be expected to be $0.04-0.07. For each year of operation of SafeCare BC a levy will be applied to the base rate. The levy will be largely determined by the amount of funding being requested by SafeCare and can also be influenced by any funds remaining from the previous year funding and rate setting policies of WorkSafeBC.

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If you are injured at work, or have symptoms of a work related illness you must follow the steps provided by WorkSafeBC, beginning with reporting the injury or illness to your employer immediately.  Please click here for the WorkSafeBC procedures for starting a claim 

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For now, only employees working in the long term care sector (WorkSafeBC Classification Unit 766011) are supported by SafeCare BC. We are focusing our early efforts on creating a strong organizational foundation and exploring the best way to deliver training to long term care employees. Expanding services to the home care sector is identified as a goal in our 3-year plan.