OHS Insider Month in Review – February 2018: Nova Scotia
LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
|Workers’ Comp Filing Deadline
March 31, 2018
Jan.16: On Nov. 3, 2017, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeals struck down as unfair a WCB policy requiring workers to get an audiogram within 5 years of leaving the workplace or risk losing their rights to workers’ comp benefits for noise-induced hearing loss. In response, the WCB has revised Policy 1.2.5AR1: Occupational Hearing Loss to remove the 5-year audiogram requirement, effective Feb. 16, 2018.
Jan.: The working group studying workplace violence prevention in Nova Scotia hospital emergency departments issued its latest progress report. The group was created in response to a notorious 2016 incident in which a mentally disturbed patient was able to walk into Soldiers Memorial Hospital with a loaded weapon.
Jan. 26: The province is easing its roadway weight restrictions bring its rules into line with other provinces and make Nova Scotia’s trucking industries more competitive. The first step: Increasing the weight limit on bridges and large culverts to 62,500 kg with parallel upward adjustments to other structures being studied.
Apr. 1: That’s the deadline for farmers to apply for up to $20K in government aid covering the cost of transporting limestone for use in reducing their farms’ soil acidity levels. To be eligible for Limestone Trucking Assistance Program aid, farmers must:
- Have a registered farm
- Complete a soil analysis report
- Have a nutrient management plan indicating the need for limestone.