OCTOBER 2018                                                                FRANÇAIS
NEW WSCC CONNECT SERVICE
ASBESTOS PROJECT NOTIFICATION



WSCC Connect has added a new online service allowing you to submit notifications of asbestos work to the WSCC.

If you are working on a project containing asbestos or involving the removal of asbestos-containing materials, you are required to submit a notification to the WSCC. This applies to any asbestos work in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

The Asbestos Project Notification service allows employers to submit notifications online, as well as view previous notifications you've submitted.

Why do you need to notify the WSCC of asbestos work?

Safe work practices and precautions when removing asbestos-containing materials vary considerably with the type of material you are removing, the amount of asbestos it contains, and its condition and location. By notifying the WSCC of any project involving asbestos, you are fulfilling your responsibilities under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, and allowing us to help you through the process should you need guidance.

If you are unsure if this online service applies to you or your business, contact us at 1-800-661-0792 to speak with one of our safety officers.


If you are not yet on WSCC Connect, we encourage all businesses to create an account.
WHAT'S NEW

Codes of practice provide practical, step-by-step guidance on certain topics to help employers and workers understand and meet safety standards required by our legislation. We are continually releasing new codes. To learn more, see our Codes of Practice page.

NEW CODE OF PRACTICE: CANNABIS

Employers have always been responsible for ensuring their workers are "fit for work", or able to perform work safely. This has not changed with the legalization of recreational cannabis. The Cannabis code of practice provides practical information to employers and workers on what is required to maintain a safe worksite in the wake of cannabis legalization, and includes sample impairment policies employers can adapt for their own use.



The Cannabis code of practice corresponds to the following sections of legislation across the Northwest Territories and Nunavut:
  • Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, Section 35.1, Impairment
     
  • Mine Health and Safety Regulations, Section 18.1.01 (NT), Impairment, and Section 18.02.1 (NU), Impairment
This code of practice joins the other safety resources the WSCC has released on cannabis legalization and impairment to date. Access these educational materials on www.wscc.nt.ca/impairment or www.wscc.nu.ca/impairment.

If you have any questions regarding your workplace responsibilities under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations and Mine Health and Safety Regulations, call us at 1-800-661-0792.


FIRST AID REGISTER LOGBOOKS
Now in Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun!

Did you know that employers are required under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations to maintain a record of work-related injuries for up to three years? To help you meet this requirement, the WSCC offers workplaces First Aid Register logbooks.

The WSCC understands that workplace safety must be accessible to everyone, without language or cultural barriers. These First Aid Register logbooks are now available in Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun, French, and English.

Request your copies in the language of your choice by emailing us at info@wscc.nt.ca.
SLIPS, TRIPS, AND FALLS
HOW TO AVOID INJURY THIS WINTER

Each year too many workers are injured by slips, trips, and falls.  1 in every 5 claims involves this type of injury. With the arrival of cold weather, we want to remind everyone to pay close attention when getting around. Slipping on the floor indoors is bad enough, but falling on ice while exiting a vehicle can hurt even more!

How can falls be prevented? By being aware of the hazards and the control measures:
  • Most slips, trips, and falls occur during transitional weather months of October and April.
     
  • Good housekeeping plays a big part in preventing slips, trips, and falls. Clean up work areas and keep your space free of clutter.

  • Winter weather increases hazards, particularly when debris and ice are hidden by snow. Icy conditions create additional dangers, so ensure you apply sand and/or calcium to icy areas.
     
  • Wet weather causes muddy feet, which contributes to slips, trips, and falls. Wipe your feet before climbing steps or entering work areas.
     
  • Ensure that you use three point contact (two feet and a hand, or two hands and a foot) when climbing a ladder, when walking down stairs (by using the handrail), when entering or exiting a vehicle, and when transitioning from inside to outside.
     
  • Wear appropriate footwear for the weather and conditions.
Remember: your eyes are your best defense against slips, trips, and falls. Watch your step and look where you are going!

         
DID YOU KNOW?
MONTHLY STATISTICS FOR SEPTEMBER

Every month, the WSCC releases statistics on injuries from the previous month to help remind us all why safety is #worthit. If you're not already following us on Facebook and Twitter, take a look below at our September statistics.



Be aware. Know the statistics. Stay safe!

Join the safety conversation on Facebook and Twitter.
POLICY CHANGES

The Governance Council reviewed and approved the following policies and GC directives at its September 2018 meeting:
  • Policy 03.06, Entitlement of Occupational Disease Claims
  • Policy 03.10, Chronic Pain
  • Policy 04.11, Claims Management
  • Policy 04.14, Return to Work
Please refer to the WSCC Policy Manual to view all WSCC policies or the Governance Council Directives to view all governance directives.
OFFICE CLOSURES

WSCC offices are closed for Remembrance Day on Monday, November 12, and will reopen on Tuesday, November 13 at 8:30 AM.

To report a serious workplace injury or incident, call 
1-800-661-0792.

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.

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