January 2021                                                           FRANÇAIS | ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ
ANNUAL PAYROLL REPORT DUE FEBRUARY 28 
INCLUDE YOUR OHS UPDATE

Don't delay: your Annual Payroll Report (APR) must be complete by February 28, 2021 to avoid penalty. The penalty for late submission is 15% of your previous year's employer payroll assessment. Remember that all employers must submit an APR even if you are reporting zero (0) payroll to keep your account active and up-to-date. All employers must pay a minimum assessment of $200.00.

Research your Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) answers before you begin: WSCC Connect users should consult with the person who manages OHS in their company (or the company they are filing for) to provide answers to the OHS questions. Use our step-by-step guide: the complete set of questions with explanations of what to look for is in Section 4 of the Guide to Completing Annual Payroll Reporting.

If you need technical support with WSCC Connect, see the WSCC Connect Help page or contact the Help Desk toll-free at 1 (800) 661-0792.


REminder: Employer's Report of Incident NOw on WSCC Connect
more convenience for your business, faster reporting, and better records



From February 1, 2021, Employer's Report of Incident should be completed using WSCC's e-Business service, WSCC Connect.

The Employer's Report of Incident e-Service has two sections: First, you will complete the Incident Section and if you indicated there was an injury, the e-Service will advance you to the Injury Section to report.

What do I need to do?
  1. Make sure your business has at least one Access Administrator account on WSCC Connect. The Access Administrator has access to all e-Services. Access Administrator(s) can set-up additional user accounts on WSCC Connect, and can manage those roles and the information that each account has access to.
  2. Employers should identify who in their organization requires access to incident, injury, or dangerous occurrence reporting services (Employer's Report of Incident) on WSCC Connect. Access Administrators can set up additional user accounts for anyone requiring access to this e-Service and others.
REPORTING REQUIREMENTS HAVE NOT CHANGED

All employers must report workplace incidents, injuries, or dangerous occurrences to the WSCC. 

Employers must submit the fully-completed Employer's Report of Incident within three business days, or will incur penalties as listed in the Workers' Compensation Acts.

An incident involving serious injury or death must immediately be reported by calling the WSCC's 24-hour Incident Reporting line at 1 (800) 661-0792. This is in addition to completing an Employer's Report of Incident. 

MORE INFORMATION

To learn more about this new e-Service, see our service guide. If you have any questions about this new service, please call 1 (867) 920-3888, toll-free at 1 (800) 661-0792, or email info@wscc.nt.ca or info@wscc.nu.ca.




First Aid Legislative Amendments
Now in effect in the Northwest territories


In an effort to harmonize safety legislation across Canada, amendments have been made to the Northwest Territories Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulations as of January 1, 2021.  Information for amendments to the Nunavut OHS Regulations will be announced when the information becomes available.

Amendments can be found on the Safety Legislation page of our website.

What do i need to know?
  1. Employers will need to update their first aid kits. They have a one-year transition period ending January 1, 2022.
  2. Current first aid certificates will be recognized as valid until the date of expiry. 
  3. First aid training providers should now have updated first aid training and training materials. Training providers must have authorization from the Chief Safety Inspector.
Available Resources

The WSCC has several tools and educational resources to help employers navigate these changes. You can find all of these resources on our NEW First Aid webpage.

For more information contact OHSregs@wscc.nt.ca or phone 1 (800) 661-0792.


Hazard Alert 
Working on Ice

Workers in Nunavut and the NWT spend more time than most driving, walking, and working on ice. Due to a recent incident, the WSCC has issued a new hazard alert regarding operating heavy equipment on ice. When working on ice over water, it is important to take extreme caution and understand all safe work practices.

Safe Work practices:
  • Complete a hazard assessment with all workers involved. Identify and review the hazards, take actions to minimize or eliminate hazards, and review the rescue procedures and emergency plans.
  • Confirm testing of ice thickness is complete, and can support the load weight or travel strain placed on the ice. Understand the environmental factors that help indicate the safety of that ice: Cracks/seams, air temperature over the previous days, and ice colour:
    • Clear blue is generally the strongest.
    • White opaque ice (snow ice) has high air content and ice strength depends on its density.
    • Grey ice indicates the presence of water due to thawing and is not load-bearing.
  • When driving on ice, maintain vehicle spacing of 30 meters, do not wear a seatbelt, and reduce vehicle speed as water depth and ice thickness decreases. Continuous traffic will fatigue ice and lead to failure. 
To learn more, visit our Hazard Alert on the  Working on Ice, or visit our Hazard Alerts webpage to review all available topics. If you have questions or concerns regarding hazard assessments, or eliminating and reducing the hazards in your workplace, contact the WSCC today.




POLICY CHANGES 

The Governance Council reviewed and approved the following policies and GC directives at its September 2020 meeting:
  • B-013, Governance Council Stakeholder Relations
  • B-002, Governance Council Rules of Order
  • B-000, Governance Council Roles and Responsibilities
  • B-006, Governance Council Directors' Code of Conduct
  • B-010, Governance Council Directors' Claims
Please refer to the WSCC Policy Manual to view all WSCC policies or the Governance Council Directives to view all governance directives.




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