OHS Insider Month in Review – January 2018: Nova Scotia
LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
|Workers’ Comp Filing Deadline
March 31, 2018
Jan.: Slips, trips and falls, the third most common cause of workplace injury in Nova Scotia, typically increase sharply in the winter. More than 1,200 suffered a lost work time injury in 2016 as a result of a slip, trip or fall at work, according to newly released WCB Nova Scotia figures. Average time lost for such injuries: 61 work days.
Drugs & Alcohol
Dec. 7: Although Nova Scotia still hasn’t produced a bill, it has at least revealed some of the details of what it has in mind for cannabis legalization:
- Legal age of 19 for use, purchase and possession
- Possession limit of 30 grams per person
- Cultivation limit of 4 plants per household
- Sales and distribution allowed online and in existing Nova Scotia Liquor Commission stores
- No details about workplace use.
Dec. 15: While geared toward university campuses, many of the 10 recommendations for preventing sexual violence listed in a new government report apply to any kind of work site, including:
- Delivering education on what consent is
- Training on response to disclosures of sexual violence
- Establishing sexual violence prevention advisory committees.
Jan. 1: Employers can now include workers who are also family members and live at home under their regular WCB coverage. Previously, to cover these workers employers had to secure Special Protection coverage, which required separate recordkeeping and had to be renewed each year. So incorporating everybody into regular coverage should make employers’ lives a little easier.