OHS Insider Month in Review – March 2018 Nova Scotia
LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
|Workers’ Comp Filing Deadline
March 31, 2018
Feb. 22: Third quarter WCB Nova Scotia workplace injury data follow the same pattern as the previous 2 quarters: Injury frequency is decreasing slightly but the time required for recovery is increasing:
|Metric||2017 (Jan. thru Sept.)||2016|
|Time-loss injury rate||1.75 per 100 workers(1)||1.74 per 100 (full year)|
|Time-loss injuries||4,367||4,379 (Jan. thru Sept.)|
|Total claims||18,064||18,169 (Jan. thru June)|
|Composite claim duration||115 days||110 days (full year)|
(1) Increase from 2Q rate of 1.72 attributable not to increase in injuries but decrease in total workforce
Feb.16: The requirement that workers get an audiogram within 5 years of leaving the workplace or risk losing their rights to workers’ comp benefits for noise-induced hearing loss has been officially eliminated. WCB revised Policy 1.2.5AR1: Occupational Hearing Loss after the Nova Scotia Court of Appeals struck down the audiogram rule as unfair and in opposition to the workers’ comp law policy that workers be compensated for their work injuries regardless of fault.
Feb. 15: New greenhouse gas (GHG_ reporting requirements took effect and the deadline to submit the first report is May 1. The Dept. of Environment will use the reports to identify which companies will participate in the cap and trade program (which starts on Jan. 1, 2019), set program caps and determine how to distribute allowances. You must submit and get third party verification of your report if your company:
- Engages in GHG activities and generates 50,000 tonnes or more of GHG emissions per year
- Is a petroleum product supplier that produces or imports 200 litres of fuel or more for consumption in Nova Scotia per year
- Is a natural gas distributor that delivers natural gas for consumption in Nova Scotia that produces 10,000 tonnes or more GHG emissions per year.
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.