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Day of Mourning - April 28th
a day to remember and honour those lives lost due to a workplace incident

April 28th is the Day of Mourning. It is a day for remembering the workers that have lost their lives due to workplace injuries or occupational diseases.

The past year has been filled with trials for every worker, every employer, every household, and for every community. We have seen unprecedented changes to the way that we work and live, and have worked together to find solutions. A sense of shared responsibility has been essential to keep our workplaces safe, and that sense of communal responsibility for safety must continue. Every worker and employer needs to work together to recognize that health and safety is a priority for every business and on every work site. Together we will strive to prevent further incidents and injuries from occurring. One life lost is too many.

Join us on April 28th in sharing a moment of silence to remember and make a commitment to participate first hand in the creation of a strong safety culture in your workplace and your community.

Fatigue in the Workplace
are you fit to work today?

The North is a unique place to live and work. Many of the day-to-day realities of our workplace can leave us tired and worn out. This could be the long hours of shift work, the industry or types of jobs that we do, the ever changing daylight hours, and perhaps even different types of home stress. All of these factors can contribute to what is known as "fatigue," which is a type of workplace impairment.

When is tired too tired?

The occasional bout of tiredness is an inevitable part of life. We have busy lives, it is normal to occasionally feel a little worn out or tired. Workers should take a restful lunch break, have a glass of water or cup of coffee, or block off a few quiet moments to relax. But sometimes being too tired can become a workplace safety issue.
Fatigue is the result of a prolonged physical, mental, or emotional strain, a noisy work environment, prolonged physical strain (which can include excessive exposure to vibrations or loud noises), or it could be the result of long shifts doing tasks that are repetitious or tasks that require close attention to detail.
Signs of fatigue can include:
  • Poor decision making
  • Slow reaction times
  • Forgetfulness
  • Not being able to stay awake
  • Poor communication skills
  • Irritability
Fatigue is often the result of several different factors that combine to wear a person out. It is important to understand that prolonged periods of fatigue can start to have an impact on a worker's mental AND physical health, and makes them far more likely to experience a workplace incident or injury.

5 steps for managing fatigue in the workplace

Fatigue is considered a form of impairment. It is important that employers have a policy to manage impairment in the workplace. However, supervisors and workers also have an important role to play in managing fatigue in the workplace:
  1. The worker must identify if they are not fit to work. This could mean doing a self-check-in, asking "am I fit to work?" 
  2. All coworkers, workers and supervisors, should keep an eye on one another for signs of fatigue.
  3. If a worker is too fatigued to do their job safely, they should have a conversation with their supervisor. Discuss whether it is safe to do another task, or if the worker should go home.
  4. When the worker is feeling more rested, the supervisor should check in with them again. Discuss:
    • Appreciation for the worker recognizing that they were unfit to do the task they were assigned. It means that they are taking charge of their own safety.
    • Was it the work that led to the fatigue? If so, how can the work be scheduled or altered to prevent fatigue in the future?
    • Was fatigue the result of home factors? If it is a reoccurring stress in a worker's life, you should forward them on to your Human Resources department or mental health resources for support.
  5. Schedule a follow up discussion to ensure that the worker's energy levels are improved, and that they don't have any outstanding concerns.
At the end of the day, managing fatigue in the workplace is about open communication between employers, supervisors, and workers. How can we make sure we are working safely every day? Life happens, and there are times where we all get run down, but it is always a priority to make sure that workers go home safe at the end of every workday.

The WSCC has created resources to help you educate your workers on the dangers of fatigue in the workplace. Incorporate these resources into your workplace's next safety talk:
For more information, or to receive WSCC's focused inspection sheet for fatigue, contact the WSCC today.

Governance Council
rEcent Changes

WSCC is governed by a seven-person Governance Council of individuals from Nunavut and the Northwest Territories who represent the interests of workers, employers, and the general public. The members are appointed by the ministers responsible for the WSCC in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.

The WSCC's Governance Council has recently seen some changes to the membership, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank outgoing members and welcome our new members.

Outgoing Members

Dave Tucker, Chairperson, Governance Council Member since September 2012
Abe Theil, Northwest Territories Public Interest Representative, Governance Council Member since February 2013
Jack Rowe, Northwest Territories Employer Representative, Governance Council Member since April 2013 

Incoming Members

Jenni Bruce, Chairperson, effective April 1, 2021
Peter Mackey, Nunavut Public Interest Representative, effective February 14, 2021
Robert Wilkins, Northwest Territories Employer Representative, effective April 1, 2021
For more information on WSCC's Governance Council, please visit the Governance Council page of our website.

Website maintenance
Possible service disruption on April 16th

The WSCC is upgrading some of the features of our website to better serve our stakeholders. The changes will go live on April 16th. While we are working to ensure a smooth transition, there is the possibility of a temporary service disruption on Friday, April 16th, 2021. This change will not impact WSCC Connect services.

If you notice a service interruption, please try to clear the cache on your web browser and refresh the page. If the problem persists, please wait one business day to try again, or for urgent matters contact us by email. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


The Governance Council reviewed and approved the following policies at its March 2021 meeting:
  • A.9 - Asset Disposition
  • B.2 - Depreciation and Amortization.
Please refer to the WSCC Policy Manual
to view all WSCC policies or the Governance Council Directives to view all governance directives.

WSCC Office Closures

WSCC Offices are closed for Easter Weekend on Friday, April 2nd and Monday, April 5th, and will reopen on Tuesday, April 6th, at 8:30 AM.

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

To report unsafe work, use our online Report Unsafe Work service on WSCC Connect.   /  1.800.661.0792   *  /  1.877.404.4407