When it comes to decarbonizing the WSIB, paper file access is very old and low-hanging fruit. In 2019, the WSIB continues to send out mounds and mounds of paper to workers, employers and their representatives.
In 1992, Michael Green wrote to Brian King, then Vice-President of Administration, to ask if file access could be available by floppy disk at the requester's option. Mr. King indicated that there were no plans to do so. Since 1992, the prevailing file transfer technology has passed through CD-ROMs, DVD-ROMs and today's USB or direct scanned or online access. But change has not yet come. It is shocking that files today are still routinely printed out, often with a large number of duplicates, for workers, employers and representatives who would prefer to have the file in digital form. Undoubtedly, there are some who would prefer a paper file and keeping that option open is, of course, reasonable. But, for others, let us have the files without using the paper.