FEBRUARY 2018                                                                FRANÇAIS
PINK SHIRT DAY
LET'S STAND UP TO BULLYING TOGETHER



Bullying can happen anywhere: at school, at home, online, or in the workplace. At the WSCC, we believe that bullying and harassment are never acceptable. While the WSCC has established policy and guidelines for avoiding workplace bullying, our participation in Pink Shirt Day is a symbol of social support for continuing the anti-bullying dialogue.

Pink Shirt Day was started in 2007 by two students from Nova Scotia, after their fellow student was bullied for wearing a pink shirt at school. 11 years later, Pink Shirt Day has become a global movement against bullying.

On Wednesday, February 28, the WSCC joined others across the world to recognize Pink Shirt Day. Every year, WSCC President and CEO Dave Grundy champions employees to show their support by committing to make a personal donation for every pink shirt worn by staff on February 28th. The funds raised support anti-bullying initiatives in schools across the North. This year, funds were donated to École William McDonald Middle School in Yellowknife in support of their Me to We program, which inspires youth to become agents for social change.

The WSCC is proud to recognize community partners that have complimentary values. Learn more about Pink Shirt Day and how to recognize bullying in the workplace.

GOVERNANCE COUNCIL 101
AND THEIR ROLE AT THE WSCC

Have you ever wondered where the Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission finds direction and support in ensuring that we are responding to the needs of our stakeholders? The Governance Council (GC) is a guiding force for the WSCC, providing both vision and operational oversight.

The Governance Council is a body of seven directors, who are appointed by the ministers responsible for the WSCC in both the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. The seven directors are appointed to reflect a balance of gender and geographical representation, and more importantly they reflect the balance of representation of our stakeholders. The positions are as follows:
  • One Director to serve as the Chairperson;
  • Two Directors representing the interests of the general public;
  • Two Directors representing the interests of the workers; and
  • Two Directors representing the interests of the employers.
In the GC's capacity as overseers of WSCC operations and strategic planning, they provide a variety of integral roles, including: strategic direction of the organization; risk management; reviewing programs, policies, and annual operating budgets; and ensuring proper stewardship of the Worker's Protection Fund.

The GC represents the interests of our stakeholders. They are essential in guiding the WSCC through the overall consideration of our policies, practices, and operations and how they affect our stakeholders. The GC members represent your interests.

Over the next several issues, we will introduce you to each of our Governance Council members. Until then, learn more about the Governance Council by visiting our website.            
YOUR OPINION MATTERS
PROPOSED REVISIONS TO THE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY REGULATIONS

The WSCC is continually reviewing the legislation it administers to make sure the legislation is current and fits the purpose for which it was created. Concerns from stakeholders are noted and reviewed to determine if amendment to the legislation is necessary. Issues that arise when the WSCC is working with stakeholders, or when the WSCC is enforcing the legislation, are also studied.

The WSCC has a list of amendments planned for the Regulations to address the small number of identified issues. We invite you to review the proposed amendments and provide your comments to the WSCC. The current Regulations can be found at the links below:
UPDATED DEADLINE: Please note the feedback deadline has been extended to March 9, 2018.

If you need additional time to provide feedback, please email lawfeedback@wscc.nt.ca.

To get started, access the proposed amendments, available in English French Inuktitut , and  Inuinnaqtun.
SAFE ADVANTAGE NEWS
SAVE THE DATE: MARCH 30, 2018

Safe Advantage Employers, please note that the deadline for submitting the   Management Practices Questionnaire   (MPQ) is  Friday, March 30, 2018 .

Safe Advantage is the WSCC's employer safety incentive program for employers who pay more than $40,000 in assessments to the WSCC. This financial incentive program rewards employers with proven health, safety, and return to work/claims management practices, and low claims experience costs.

Safe Advantage employers with poor management practices and high claims costs will receive penalties. Those who do not submit their completed questionnaires may receive additional penalties.

For additional information and resources to help you through the questionnaire, please refer to the   Safe Advantage Management Practices Questionnaire Guide. This document provides tools for all employers to build and maintain their Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and Return to Work (RTW) programs.

Want to find out more about our Safe Advantage program, or have questions? Contact our Safe Advantage Specialist at   safeadvantage@wscc.nt.ca  or at 1-800-661-0792.
VIDEO CONTEST 2018: FOCUS ON SAFETY



On behalf of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), the WSCC is once again hosting the   annual video contest  for high school students and youth organizations throughout the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. The WSCC manages the territorial competition before sending the winning video to CCOHS for the national stage of the competition.
 
Now in its 6th year, the contest is open to all high schools and youth organizations with students in grades 9 to 12, and this year's theme is #FocusOnSafety. The winning video will earn a $1,000 prize, and another $1,000 will be awarded to the entrant's sponsor school/youth organization. Each team must have a sponsor from their high school/organization who supervises and supports the team.
 
While videos must have a workplace safety focus, the content and message is open to your imagination and creativity. Whether it is a drama, an animation, a stop-motion video, or a music video, all ideas and submissions are welcome. Ask yourself how workers and employers can help create a safer workplace for all.

The submission deadline for the 2018 #FocusOnSafety contest is  April 1st, at 11:59 PM MST.

For more information including rules and regulations, how to submit an entry, and more, visit our video contest page.
NOTICE: INUVIK OFFICE NUMBER

Effective  April 1, 2018 , the main phone line of WSCC's
Inuvik Office  will be  867-678-2311 .

To report a serious workplace injury or incident, please continue to call our toll-free number at 1-800-661-0792.
OFFICE CLOSURES
EASTER LONG WEEKEND

WSCC's offices close 5:00 p.m., Thursday March 29 for the Easter long weekend, reopening 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 3, 2018.
 
To report a serious workplace injury or incident, call 1-800-661-0792.
This information will soon be available in Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun on our website.

wscc.nt.ca   /  1.800.661.0792   *   wscc.nu.ca  /  1.877.404.4407