APRIL 2016                                                        FRANÇAIS
OHS RegulationS - Live in NunavuT

The new Occupational Health and Safety Regulations are now law in Nunavut. The Regulations give workplaces a modern framework that is relevant to Northern operations today, ensuring Northerners have clear, complete direction, and workers and employers operating in more than one territory or province have increased familiarity with OHS requirements.
The Regulations launched in the Northwest Territories in 2015 and many Nunavut organizations have used this time to familiarize themselves with the changes. These Regulations apply to all businesses operating in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, with the exception of those that are federally regulated.

The Regulations are fundamental to sustaining a strong Northern safety culture. The WSCC will be travelling to major centres in Nunavut to provide additional information and answer questions any employers or workers may have, face-to-face. Additionally, if you have questions about compliancy, we encourage you to contact us at OHSRegs@wscc.nu.ca.

The new Regulations are available for download at OHSRegs.ca.

MAY 1-7, 2016

It's that time of year again - North American Occupational Safety & Health (NAOSH) Week is May 1-7, 2016! Take a look below at what's happening across the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.


As always, the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers (CSSE) is hosting their  NAOSH Kick-Off Breakfast and Safety Seminar on Monday, May 2 at the Explorer Hotel in Yellowknife. To register today, please email cssenorth60@gmail.com.
This year, the Yellowknife WSCC office is retiring Safety Street to bring safety to you in the workplace. We will be hosting Safety Coffee Breaks tailored to the needs of businesses with 20 or fewer employees, offering presentations in:
  • Fall Arrest;
  • Internal Responsibility System;
  • Slips, Trips, and Falls;
  • Return to Work; and
  • Ergonomics.
Our team will be available to conduct these Safety Coffee Breaks at workplaces across Yellowknife from Tuesday, May 3 to Thursday, May 5, at 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM sessions respectively. WSCC Safety Officers or Mine Inspectors will bring coffee and snacks, courtesy of the Northern Territories Federation of Labour (NTFL).
The schedule will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Email us at naosh@wscc.nt.ca for more information.


This year, WSCC's Inuvik team are offering a special safety-focused event on Tuesday, May 3, for breakfast, a guest speaker, and engaging safety discussions. There will also be information about the new Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulations.

If you would like more information about this event, contact naosh@wscc.nt.ca. Space is limited. Breakfast provided by the Northern Territories Federation of Labour (NTFL).


WSCC in Iqaluit is hosting a NAOSH event on Wednesday, May 4, at the Francophone Centre! There will be a BBQ, prizes, and lots of information about the newly-released Occupational Health and Safety Regulations.
The event starts at 11:00 AM. Join us for lunch, courtesy of the Northern Territories Federation of Labour (NTFL).
If you would like more information about this event, email us

Territory-wide: Video Presentation
Mark your calendars: the WSCC is producing a video that will appear on our website on the morning of Friday, May 6. Watch the video and take note of the special safety questions at the end. All participants who submit their answer before May 13 will be entered into a random draw for a very cool prize.
The draw is open to all workers and employers in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, so stay tuned and keep an eye on the NAOSH page on our website; the video will be available on Friday, May 6.

In our February issue of SafetyNet, we introduced you to one of the new services available to you via WSCC Connect, the Report Unsafe Work tool.

While it is true that anyone can access this service - and do so anonymously - do not forget that as a worker, your first responsibility when witnessing unsafe work in your workplace is to report the situation to your supervisor. Together, you and your supervisor can assess the hazardous condition and if unresolved, then take the next step of reporting it through the Report Unsafe Work e-service.

When outside your workplace, however, you can report unsafe work to us anytime you encounter or witness a hazardous situation in your community. With spring approaching, you may begin to notice more and more people working outdoors, and it is our duty to each other to keep everyone safe. If you see any unsafe acts or conditions, or worksite hazards, report it. Do you see someone working on a rooftop without a harness? Report it. Notice a lone worker clearing brush and trees from a power line right-of-way without a second worker or supervisor nearby? Report it.

To access the Report Unsafe Work e-service, go to WSCC Connect, hover over the Occupational Health and Services tab, and click on Report Unsafe Work.
in memoriam

Every year, over 1,000 Canadian workers die due to workplace injury and illness. Every year, we remember these lost lives on April 28, the National Day of Mourning. It's a day to honour and to mourn, but also a day to renew our commitment to eliminating future workplace tragedies.

Memorial ceremonies take place across the country on this day. In Yellowknife and Iqaluit, the Northern Territories Federation of Labour (NTFL) hosted public ceremonies at the Legislative Assemblies in both cities on Thursday, April 28, at noon. Thank you to all who attended.

Remember: workplace safety awareness can save lives.

Day of Mourning

Spring is almost upon us, and you know what that means: time for home renovations and outdoor projects!

Did you know that you may be considered an employer if you hire people to work in and around your home? If you are thinking about hiring nannies, cleaners, repair workers, or contractors to work full or part-time, consult with the WSCC and the Workers' Compensation Acts and Safety Acts to see whether you fall under the employer category.

For more information, take a look at our Homeowners' Responsibilities brochure, and call us at 1-800-661-0792 if you have any questions.
The WSCC has certainly been to a lot of places recently. Take a look at where we've been, and where we're going!


On March 5th, Diavik Diamond Mine hosted a mutual aid training exercise for emergency response preparedness. Participants included teams from the Diavik, Ekati, Snap Lake, and New Afton mines.


Not even a blizzard could keep us away: this year, the Nunavut Mining Symposium took place in Iqaluit from April 4-7, despite inclement weather threatening to interrupt the proceedings. The WSCC was once again an exhibitor, and Martin van Rooy, Mining Engineer and Inspector of Mine Safety, spoke on "The Compulsory Employer Insurance" at a presentation entitled "Healthy Relationship with Regulators for Balanced Development".

The Nunavut Mining Symposium has already announced their 2017 dates: April 3-6, 2017. We will see you there next year!


On Tuesday, April 19, students from all over the Northwest Territories gathered in Yellowknife for the annual Territorial Skills Competition. Hosted by Skills Canada NWT, the competition is now in its 18th year and brings students and young apprentices together to compete in their chosen skill category.

The WSCC once again hosted a Workplace Safety competition and also participated as an exhibitor at the Career Expo. Judges from the WSCC were also dispatched to inspect all the other competitions to ensure workplace safety. The students who participated in the Workplace Safety competition hailed from the communities of Ulukhaktok and Aklavik.

Congratulations to all the young workers who competed - and competed safely. We look forward to the next round of young workers who will compete next year!


Join the WSCC in Banff next week for the  65th Annual Petroleum Safety Conference! From Tuesday, May 3 to Thursday, May 5, representatives from the oil and gas industry will gather and share their knowledge on improving safety in the energy workplace.

We hope to see you there.

The Governance Council reviewed and approved the following Governance Council Directives at its March 2016 meeting:
  • Governance Council Directive B-000, Governance Council Roles and Responsibilities
  • Governance Council Directive B-006, Governance Council Directors' Code of Conduct
  • Governance Council Directive B-010, Governance Council Directors' Claims
Please refer to the WSCC Policy Manual to view all WSCC policies, and the Governance Council Directives Manual to view all Governance Council Directives.
Safety education

The WSCC partners with the NTFL and NSA to offer courses on workplace safety and awareness. Stay informed about upcoming courses by visiting the links below.

Northern Safety Association - see a full list of programs and courses here.

Northern Territories Federation of Labour - view upcoming courses here.

For additional approved providers of Occupational Health and Safety Education, click here.
This information will soon be available in Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun on our website.

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