The WCB is consulting with Nova Scotians on compensation for occupational noise induced hearing loss. The consultation documents will be available on-line until July 31, 2014, and all Nova Scotians are invited to provide feedback to the WCB on this topic.
The adjudication of occupational noise induced hearing loss is a complex issue in Nova Scotia. The changes the WCB is proposing to the existing policy are intended to clarify the WCB’s approach to compensating for these injuries, resulting in consistent claims adjudication and a reduction in the burden on the appeal system.
Please review the consultation paper and draft policy revisions, and provide your feedback on the proposed policy changes. The consultation period is March 27 until July 31, 2014.

By email:

Send comments to Kevin Foster at Kevin.Foster@wcb.gov.ns.ca

By Mail:

Kevin Foster
Manager of Strategy Support and Planning
Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia
PO Box 1150,Halifax, N.S.
B3J 2Y2

BRUSSELS, April 7 (Xinhua) — The European Union (EU) on Monday launched a new healthy workplaces campaign with the aim of protecting the health and safety of workers.
Themed “managing stress and psychosocial risks at work,” the campaign addresses one of the most significant challenges in respect of health and safety at work, according to the EU’s statement.
The move will provide workers and employers with simple and practical tools to deal with psychosocial risks and will raise awareness of the positive effects of prevention in this field.
Stress is the second most frequently reported work-related health problem. In Europe, stress is believed to be the cause of more than half of all lost working days, the statement said.
Workers affected by stress find it difficult to concentrate, make more mistakes and are subject to more frequent accidents at work. Prolonged psychological pressure may result in serious health problems such as cardiovascular or musculoskeletal diseases.
Addressing stress and psychosocial risks is included in the forthcoming EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work 2014-2020, due to be presented in June, Laszlo Andor, the European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion said.
healthy-workplaces.eu

OEA Employer Consultation

OEA is holding two consultation sessions at Canada Post on April 22, 2014.

Topics will include:

  • WCB’s New Psychological Injury Policy approved March 25, 2014
  • GECA Stress Policy – no changes
  • Discussion about a recent WCAT Decision re EERB’s
  • Noise Induced Hearing…

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NAOSH Week Launch

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“Make Safety A Habit!”

NAOSH Week Launch 2014
May 5, 2014,
255 John Savage Ave, Dartmouth, NS
Join us for the launch of NAOSH week where we present a new opportunity to help you make a difference; to drive workplace injuries and deaths down toward the only acceptable number there is: ZERO
On May 5, 2014, come join us to hear more about leading-edge concepts, new thinking and easy-to-understand workplace culture change strategies to help us achieve this goal! These sessions apply to all workers.

Program

10:00 Registration
11:00 Launch Ceremony
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Safety Forum Kick Off
1:30 Break Out Sessions

Launch Ceremony: “Make Safety A Habit!”

This is the thought provoking theme of NAOSH Week 2014. Our dignitaries and special guest speakers will challenge you to reflect on this during our opening launch ceremony.

Safety Forum:

A star lineup of expert speakers who will assist you to “Make Safety a Habit” at your workplace. These sessions will provide awareness and information on topics such as creating an effective Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee in the workplace to panel discussions with DLAE Special Investigators, Crown Attorneys and Defence Attorneys with specialized experience in OHS law. Resource materials will be given to participants for use at their workplace.

Who should attend?

Senior leaders and board members; Managers; Supervisors; OHS Professionals; JOHSC members; and workers.

Cost to attend:

$10 fee for admission

How to register:

  1. If paying by credit card, contact: Safety Services Nova Scotia at 902-454-9621 or click REGISTER NOW.
  2. If paying by cheque, or require an invoice, contact: Valerie Wadman, 923 Robie Street, Halifax, NS, B3H 3C3, valerie.wadman@smu.ca

Cheques payable to:

Nova Scotia Chapter – Canadian Society of Safety Engineering
If you would like further information please contact the organizers, pcomrier@nsgeu.ca or valerie.wadman@smu.ca.

A Message from our Partners:

NS Chapter of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering
“Each year, NAOSH Week offers us a time to reflect on what we do every day – both individually and collectively – to continually improve workplace health and safety. It’s an opportunity to reinforce and strengthen our commitment to reducing the impact of injury and illness in our workplaces, our homes and our communities. NAOSH Week inspires us toward excellence in our health and safety goals.”
– Deirdre O’Reilly, Chair NS Chapter
Western NS Chapter of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering
“NAOSH Week provides us an excellent opportunity to focus on health and safety in our workplaces. It highlights the importance of all of us making the commitment and then doing the things every day that are required to make workplaces as safe and healthy as we would like them to be. Let’s make safety a habit for life.”
– Jeff Brett, Chair Western NS Chapter
Feel free to bring a web enabled phone or tablet for free Wi-Fi.