July 2020                                                                    FRANÇAIS | ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ
Deadline Reminder: Employer Payroll Assessment Payment 
Due Date: August 1, 2020

Reminder: Deferred employer payroll assessment payments are due tomorrow, August 1, 2020. If your business requires additional relief, you are able to split this payment into two equal installments due on August 1, 2020 and October 1, 2020. 

If you have not already submitted a revised 2020 payroll estimate, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible. Payroll estimates should include payroll for workers, casual labourers, and any contractors you are covering for work taking place in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut in the 2020 calendar year.

Payroll estimate revisions and payments can be done through WSCC Connect. For an online guide please visit our WSCC Connect Help Desk. To speak to a representative in Employer Services, email employer@wscc.nt.ca for the Northwest Territories, employernu@wscc.nu.ca for Nunavut, or call 1 (800) 661-0792.


Resource Feature: covid-19 Posters  
awareness Posters for every workplace


Nunavut and Northwest Territories businesses are working hard to re-open for our communities. To support employers in this process, the WSCC has developed a line of posters that work for any work site. Remind your workers, customers, and clients about the importance of following safety procedures during COVID-19. 

All posters are available on WSCC's NEW COVID-19 Poster page.

Available Posters
  • General COVID-19 workplace safety awareness
  • Open for Business
  • Maximum occupancy
  • Water cooler and coffee station safety
  • Direction guidance
The posters are printer friendly for home or professional printers. If you don't have a printer, you can request posters by emailing us today. Please be aware that due to COVID-19, there will be delays with shipping these materials.


Working in Summer Heat                     

Summer heat provides a new hazard in the workplace. Heat illness (heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat rash, head edema, and heat cramps) can be the result of working in conditions that are too hot and sunny. Workers must understand how to stay safe and healthy while working in hot conditions:

Reduce the risk of heat illness
  • Stay hydrated
  • Wear a hat and light-coloured clothing
  • Rest in the shade
  • Report any symptoms of heat illness immediately
Employer Duties

Employers must provide training on the signs and symptoms of heat stroke, provide fresh water to drink, provide shaded shelters to rest, and make sure strenuous work is done during cooler times of the day. Ensure that you have a clearly communicated plan to help your workers prevent heat illness.

Resources

For more information, and to help you build your plan, the WSCC has a Safety Bulletin and a Code of Practice that provide more information on working in the heat and sun. For more assistance, contact an OHS Inspector today. 


Desk Ergonomics  
Set up your space and stretch regularly
 
 
Whether your employees are working in the office, sitting stationary at a service desk, or working from a home workspace, it is essential that they maintain healthy ergonomic practices. Work stations should be set up according to the employees own needs, and stretching should be a regular part of employees work routines.

Dangers of prolonged sitting
  • Muscles are more likely to pull, cramp, or strain.
  • There is a steady compression of the spinal discs.
  • Health issues including: reduced heart and lung efficiency, digestive problems, and decreased fitness.
Employer Duties

To prevent injury or illness related to prolonged sitting at work, employers must provide work activities, tools, equipment, and training necessary to avoid injury. Here are some things you can do to keep your workers safe:
  • Train your employees to recognize the signs of injury. They can occur gradually over time, so it is important that employees self assess their working positions and physical health.
  • Provide a variety of tasks that encourage workers to change position regularly.
  • Consider adjustable or flexible work stations that can change to meet individual employee's needs.
  • Create a working culture where micro breaks are encouraged. Remind employees regularly that taking physical breaks away from a screen is a part of a healthy and productive workday.
  • Provide visual reminders for your employees: Sitting at Work
Injuries due to prolonged sitting are preventable. Employers and workers can work together to prevent injuries through healthy ergonomic practices.


POLICY CHANGES

The Governance Council reviewed and approved the following policies and GC directives at its March 2020 meeting, and the June 2020 meeting:
  • 02.01, Employer Assessments
  • 02.11, Successor and Related Employers
  • 02.12, Employer Clearances
  • 04.02, Medical Aid and Associated Costs 
  • B.10, Enterprise Risk Management
  • B-004, Governance Council Directors' Remuneration
  • 08.01, Reviewing Decisions
  • B.6, Budget and Expenditure Controls
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 the August Civic Holiday on Monday, August 3rd, and will reopen on Tuesday, August 4th 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.

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