OHS Insider Month in Review – September 2017: New Brunswick

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LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Auto Repair
Sept.: The frequency and severity of work injuries in garages and auto repair sites across the province is abnormally high and WorkSafeNB is holding public hearings to figure out why and what to do about it.

Medical Marijuana
Oct. 1: The chance to comment on whether workers’ comp should pay for medical marijuana used to treat work injuries and illnesses ends today. WorkSafeNB’s proposed policy would cover medical marijuana for 7 conditions:

  • Spasticity due to spinal cord injury
  • Nausea and vomiting from cancer chemotherapy
  • Loss of appetite in HIV/AIDS and cancer patients
  • Symptoms encountered in palliative/end of life care setting.
  • Chronic pain
  • Harm reduction for workers on opioids
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Workers’ Compensation
Oct. 11: This is the last day to provide feedback on 3 other proposed workers’ comp policy changes: