OHS Insider Month in Review – March 2018 New Brunswick
LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Feb. 23: WorkSafeNB and the Dept. of Justice plan to inspect over 100 hockey rinks and curling arenas across the province. The headline is not the campaign itself but the coordination between the agencies and use of a new checklist system for inspecting refrigeration equipment. New Brunswick is one of several provinces that has redesigned its inspection system in response to an October 2017 incident in which 3 people died as a result of an ammonia leak from the refrigeration system at a BC arena.
Feb. 6: Newly tabled Bill 44 would provide paid leave to victims of domestic violence who need time off to seek medical attention, legal help or a new place to live; it would also broaden unpaid leave to care for employees to care for family members. The new bill follows on the heels of the Dec. 3, 2017 expansion of maternity, child care, family caregiver and critical illness leave based on federal Employment Insurance changes.
March 16: That’s the deadline to comment on proposed changes to WorkSafeNB Policy 21-010, to accommodate auxiliary members of the RCMP by clarifying that both volunteer/auxiliary police officers and constables are “workers” covered by the Workers’ Comp Act.