OHS Insider Month in Review – New Brunswick
LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Workers’ Comp Filing Deadline
Drugs & Alcohol
Jan. 19: As the proposed Cannabis Control Act (Bill 16) making it illegal to use cannabis in any workplace where smoking is currently banned under the New Brunswick Smoke-Free Places Act received second reading. The bill also bans cannabis consumption in any location by a person under age 19.
Jan. 19: With cannabis legalization 6 months away, NB Liquor hired Canopy Growth Corp. to develop a training program for the employees of Cannabis NB, the government agency in charge of regulating retail trade of recreational cannabis in the province. The first-of-its-kind program which will cover safety as well as store operations and procedures and customer service, will be sold to other provinces.
Jan. 18: Comments ended on proposed regulations to the Intimate Partner Violence Intervention Act that would allow victims of domestic violence to go to a court or hearing officer for protection and custody orders and other forms of legal help without notifying the partner who abused them.
Jan. 16: Following an inquest into the death of a truck driver in a gravel pit accident, WorkSafeNB issued a new hazard alert setting out proposed OHS changes to help dump truck drivers maneuver safely around stockpiles. Key recommendations:
- Keep vehicles at least 5 metres from the pile’s edge to be marked by orange cones
- Require workers to ensure unloading surface is slightly sloping toward the pile’s edge and perfectly equal on both sides
- Mandatory rear-view cameras for dump trucks
- Require workers to read and sign OHS policies and procedures once a year.