JULY 2018                                                                FRANÇAIS

At the WSCC, advancing the safety culture isn't just our SafetyNet tagline - it's one of our strategic priorities. In our efforts to continue advancing the safety culture, provide workers with the tools and training necessary to work safely, and ultimately realize our vision to eliminate workplace diseases and injuries, we're pleased to announce that more First Aid training sessions have been scheduled .

Certified First Aid training instructors will once again be travelling across the north to provide northerners with Standard First Aid Training (with CPR and AED) - free of charge to workers and employers.

These two-day sessions will take place in the following communities this fall. Click on the dates below to begin the registration process:
Location / Community Session 1 Session 2
Resolute Bay, NU August 3-4 August 5-6
Grise Fiord, NU August 8-9 August 10-11
Iqaluit, NU August 20-21 August 23-24
Arctic Bay, NU August 27-28 August 29-30
Yellowknife, NT September 4-5 September 6-7
Fort Providence, NT September 4-5 September 6-7
Deline, NT September 10-11 September 12-13
Kimmirut, NU October 3-4 October 6-7
Iqaluit, NU October 15-16 October 18-19

There is no cost for participants to attend the training. Participants are responsible for their own costs to travel to and from the sessions. A few reminders:
  • We require a minimum number of 12 registrants for each class. The instructor will contact all registrants in the event of a cancellation or reschedule.
  • If a class is full, follow the registration instructions to join the waitlist. We will notify you when a spot opens up.
  • If there are enough participants on the waitlist, we will consider adding more classes in your community at a later date.
For the most current list of communities, visit our webpageIf you do not see your community listed, contact us ! We may be planning to bring First Aid to you.

For more information, or to register by phone, please call us at 1-800-661-0792 and ask about First Aid Training.
WHMIS 2015

Employers, here's our mid-year check-in: are all your workers - new, young, foreign, or returning - trained in the current Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS 2015)?

If not, remember that you can sign up for the WSCC's free online WHMIS 2015 e-course. To ensure WHMIS 2015 is fully accessible to our workers in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, this online e-course is available in Inuktitut, French, and English .

Remember, Health Canada has been working on fully implementing WHMIS 2015 across the country, which means that by December 1, 2018, all suppliers, employers, and workers must be fully compliant and trained.
The WHMIS training includes information on new symbols for specific types of hazards, how to handle and store the materials, First Aid measures, and level of risk. Workers must be trained to identify these hazards and know how to handle them safely.

To access the WSCC's free WHMIS 2015 e-course, visit our registration page and select the number of seats you want in the language of your choice:

Note: When you click "Register", you will see the total amount that you would have to pay if you are not a Northwest Territories or Nunavut resident. During the "check-out" process, once you have confirmed that you are a resident of the Northwest Territories or Nunavut, the amount you see will be reduced to $0.

For more information on WHMIS 2015, visit our WHMIS page and take a look at the resources linked below, available in Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun, French, and English:

It may be the end of July, but it seems as though temperatures across the north are only just heating up for the summer. As always, we encourage a healthy dose of safety to go with your summer fun, so before you head out on the water, use our handy checklist to ensure boating safety:

  1. Does someone at home or in your community know where you are going? Do they know when you expect to return?
  2. Do you know where you're going? How familiar are you with the area? Are there landmarks and local hazards you should be aware of?
  3. Have you checked the weather forecast - including temperature, wind, and wave height?
  4. Are you packing and dressing according to the forecast?
  5. How long is your trip? Have you packed enough supplies to last you the duration? Have you packed emergency supplies, just in case?
  6. How many people are going with you? Do they know how to swim?
  7. Do you have enough personal flotation devices (PFDs / lifejackets) for everyone on board? Does it fit them properly?
  8. Is everyone on board wearing a PFD at all times? In an emergency, you may not have time to put one on.
  9. Do you know where the extra PFDs are stored on the boat? Do you have other safety equipment, such as paddles, a whistle/horn, rope, and a bailer? Do you know how to use the safety equipment you have?
  10. Do you know how to operate your boat? Have you given it a thorough inspection to ensure it is in proper working order?
  11. Do you have extra fuel, a spare battery, and a backup motor for your boat?
  12. Do you have a means of communication (satellite phone or a marine radio)? It is best to keep the satellite phone on your person at all times. In an emergency, you may not have time to find it.

WSCC offices are closed for the Civic Holiday on Monday, August 6, and will reopen on Tuesday, August 7 at 8:30 AM.

To report a serious workplace injury or incident, call 

To report unsafe work, use our Report Unsafe Work service on  WSCC Connect .
This information will soon be available in Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun on our website.

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