SEPTEMBER 2016                                                        FRANÇAIS
WHAT'S WORTH IT TO YOU?
WHY IS WORKPLACE SAFETY IMPORTANT TO YOU?

This month, the WSCC posed the above questions to the public, asking them to think about what is important to them in life, and why workplace safety is worth it. Is getting home safely to your family at the end of each work day worth the time to take that safety training course? Is watching your kids grow up and start their own lives worth asking your supervisor extra questions about safety? Is staying healthy and getting to travel to different places worth wearing the proper personal protective equipment while on the job?

The campaign, aimed at highlighting the importance of workplace safety, started off in Yellowknife and Iqaluit with the appearance of mystery construction walls in central locales featuring a series of posters posing different scenarios, challenging bystanders to stop and think about what is important to them in life. Each poster directed viewers to www.worth-it.ca. In addition, graffiti-like chalk stencils appeared in conspicuous locations around main streets, directing traffic towards the construction walls.

All was revealed on Friday, September 16, with public events in both Yellowknife and Iqaluit. A 3D chalk drawing in Yellowknife was unveiled, showcasing a preventable workplace accident. Worth It! spokespersons engaged the public in conversations about what makes workplace safety worth it to them, and participants were given colourful speech bubbles within which to write their own personal Worth It! message.









The WSCC will continue to roll out additional phases of this campaign, and further engage the public with information about the services the WSCC offers to employers, supervisors, workers, and Northerners in general. Until then, we invite you to visit the microsite, www.worth-it.ca, where you will find more information about the campaign in English, French, and Inuktitut.

Workplace safety is important to each and every one of us. The WSCC is here to help.


CHECK YOUR PAYROLL
THE TIME FOR REVISIONS IS NOW

Employers, now is a good time to review the payroll estimate you provided for 2016. The WSCC sent out payroll revisions to all employers at the beginning of this month.

Reporting significant changes in your payroll estimate throughout the year is the easiest way to avoid penalties for underestimating. To report changes, complete a Payroll Revision form and return it by email or fax to 1-866-277-3677 in the Northwest Territories or by email or fax to 1-866-979-8501 in Nunavut.

If you have any questions on revising your payroll, contact Employer Services in the Northwest Territories at 1-800-661-0792 and in Nunavut at 1-877-404-4407.
OHS FOR ANY BUSINESS
NEW WSCC TOOL FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

Last month, the WSCC launched its Occupational Health and Safety Program Guide for Small Businesses with the goal of helping every business - big or small - develop its own OHS Program.
 
Too often, small businesses do not have safety programs because in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, operations with less than 20 employees are not required to develop a formal OHS Program. However, all businesses must maintain a safe workplace as a best practice, and that includes developing and implementing safe work procedures and training workers.

If you've taken a look at the Guide but find yourself with questions or difficulty getting started, remember that you can turn to the WSCC's OHS Specialist. The OHS Specialist can help you understand how the OHS Regulations applies to you and your business, and can work with you to develop an OHS Program tailored to your needs. To reach our OHS Specialist, email us at ohsregs@wscc.nt.ca or call us toll-free at 1-800-661-0792.
WSCC TRAVELS

It's the start of another fall season, and for the WSCC, that means trade show season has begun. Take a look at where we've been, and where we're going!

NTFL LABOUR DAY BBQ
 
In Yellowknife, the  Northern Territories Federation of Labour hosted a Labour Day barbecue on Monday, September 5. Free and open to the public, the barbecue drew in the masses all day, and the WSCC were there to help with a booth of our own.

Thank you to all who stopped by and answered a safety question for a prize!


NUNAVUT TRADE SHOW AND CONFERENCE

The WSCC's Iqaluit office kicked off the official start of the trade show season with the Nunavut Trade Show and Conference in Iqaluit from September 19-21. We continued to spread the Worth It! message, and shared a time-lapse video of the 3D chalk drawing that was created at the Yellowknife campaign launch event.



KIVALLIQ TRADE SHOW AND CONFERENCE

The WSCC's next stop was Rankin Inlet, exhibiting at the 7th Annual Kivalliq Trade Show from September 26-28. Attending this trade show gives us a chance to talk to employers and workers in the Kivalliq region and surrounding communities. Thank you for coming to speak with us!

LGANT CONFERENCE & AGM

In Yellowknife, the WSCC will be exhibiting at the LGANT Trade Show on October 5 at The Explorer Hotel. The trade show runs from 5:00-7:00 PM, and Prevention Services will be on hand to speak about some of our new initiatives - including our new OHS Program Guide for Small Businesses.

ANNUAL GEOSCIENCE FORUM

Once again, the WSCC will be attending the Annual Geoscience Forum in Yellowknife. Taking place from November 15-17 this year, the Forum is in its 44th year and will be held at the Ed Jeske Arena (Multiplex). Stop by and tell us why workplace safety is worth it to you. We hope to see you there!
FIRST AID AND CPR TRAINING
COMING SOON TO YOUR COMMUNITY

Are you interested in obtaining standard First Aid training? Do you require First Aid training for your job? If your answers are yes, we may be able to bring a 2-day training course to you.

The WSCC has secured a list of certified First Aid Providers, who are available to travel to the communities listed below - as long as there are a minimum number of 12 registrants per class (maximum class size is 16 registrants):
Once we have the minimum number of registrations for any given community, the WSCC will contact registrants to confirm their availability, and set a date and a venue. If the number of interested participants exceeds 16, we can look into offering two separate training sessions to accommodate.

To register, please look at the list above and click on the community you wish to receive training. Follow the instructions to register your interest.
WSCC STAKEHOLDER SURVEY

The WSCC conducts stakeholder surveys with employers and workers once every three years. The surveys provide the WSCC with important information on stakeholders' awareness and satisfaction of WSCC services. It helps us focus on the issues that are important to stakeholders and the results feed into our strategic planning process. The survey results support the Governance Council and administration with decision-making on strategic priorities. The results in the survey are also used to assess our performance on several key performance indicators in our Strategic Plan.

The 2016 WSCC Stakeholder Survey will be conducted by telephone by Canadian research company, Leger, during the month of October. Employers and workers will be randomly selected to participate in this survey. If you receive a call from Leger, your participation is greatly appreciated.
POLICY CHANGES

The Governance Council of the Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut approved revisions to the following two Policies at its September 2016 meeting:
  • Policy 02.04, Coverage Outside of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut
  • Policy 02.07, Mega Project Assessments
Please refer to the WSCC Policy Manual to view all WSCC policies.
OFFICE CLOSURES
THANKSGIVING DAY

WSCC's offices are closed for Thanksgiving Day on Monday, October 10, and reopen at 8:30 AM on Tuesday, October 11.

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