OHS Insider Month in Review – May 2018 Nova Scotia
LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
April 26: While long-term trends are moving in the right direction over the long term, year-over-year progress in cutting workplace injuries has been modest and painfully slow, according to new Nova Scotia WCB statistics:
Nova Scotia Workplace Injuries: 2017 vs. 2016
|Time-loss injury rate||1.76 per 100 workers||1.74 per 100 workers||+0.2|
|Total WCB claims||23,952||24,311||-359|
|Injury duration index||117 days||110 days||+7|
|Industries with Top 5 Highest Injury Rates
(per 100 covered workers)
|1. Health & Social Services: 3.16
2. Transportation & Storage: 2.62
3. Logging & Forestry: 2.23
4. Agricultural & Related Services: 1.97
5. Educational Services: 1.9
April 18: Newly passed legislation gives victims of domestic violence up to 16 continuous weeks and 10 intermittent or consecutive days of employment leave to get medical help, seek legal assistance or psychological counseling and/or move to a new home. Leave is also triggered if the victim is a child of the employee. The law also requires employers to keep employees’ domestic violence information confidential.
April 18: Nova Scotia’s cannabis legalization bill (Bill 108) cleared the Assembly and has been proclaimed effective. Highlights:
- Recreational cannabis to be sold exclusively by Nova Scotia Liquor Corp.
- Legal age of possession, purchase and use = age 19
- Current tobacco second hand smoke protections under Smoke-free Places Act extended to cannabis
- Landlord rights to revise leases to restrict cannabis use and cultivation
- Strict penalties for cannabis-impaired driving.
May 1: That’s the deadline for first reports under the new greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting rules. 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.
April 18: The Assembly passed Bill 87 amending aquaculture licensing laws:
- Letting aquaculture operators get single licence covering 2 or more adjacent sites
- Requiring ministerial approval to apply to Aquaculture Review Board to amend existing licence or lease
- Creating new class of institutional aquaculture licences and leases for non-commercial operations
- Clarification of rules for appealing Aquaculture Review Board decisions.