Can you believe summer is now upon us? As we transition into the season of varying weather and summer holidays, it is now time to hunker down and work on topic implementation. If you do not have an approved workplan, there is still time to complete your topics by the end of the year, reach out to Dunk and we can help get you back on track.
We wanted to touch base on the fourth step of implementation, the Evaluation step.
After your policy has been written, communication has occurred, training is completed and the policy/program is in full swing, the WSIB will be looking to see how your organization formally evaluated the implementation of your topic. Remember, this can only take place after it has had time to “live and breathe” in your workplace. The WSIB will deem a sufficient amount of time has passed for the topic to “live and breathe” once 60 days have elapsed after the training step is complete. (We recommend 90 to get more data for your evaluation. If the formal evaluation is conducted before 60 days has passed after training is completed, the WSIB will mark your topic as “Additional Evidence Required” and you will be asked to recomplete your formal evaluation method.
The goal of the evaluation step is to determine whether the standards and procedures you have established are understood, effective and implemented as required by your standard. It is important to ensure that your evaluation is comprehensive, meaning that each of the topic requirements found in the WSIB Program Member Guidelines are addressed in your evaluation.
Dunk has created mandatory topic-specific Dunk Evaluation documents which must be completed for this step. The Dunk Evaluation document acts as an audit tool, providing questions that ask you to reflect on the implementation of the topic and ensures that each of the topic requirements have been met in your implementation. You can find the Dunk Evaluation document under each topic page on the Dunk Excellence Portal.
Although the Dunk Evaluation document is a mandatory and comprehensive tool that is used to evaluate the implementation of your program, we recommend that you supplement this document with another evaluation method. This method could include interviews with employees from various departments, surveys conducted before and after the topic’s implementation, an analysis of data to identify changes in trends, or a meeting with your safety committee to reflect on the implementation of the topic.