Media Release: New Occupational Health and Safety Regulations - It’s the law in the Northwest Territories

June 01 / 2015

Media Release: New Occupational Health and Safety Regulations - It’s the law in the Northwest Territories

Yellowknife, NT (June 1, 2015) – The Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) reminds everyone that beginning today the new Occupational Health and Safety Regulations are law. They will become law in Nunavut later in 2015, following changes to their Safety Act.

The new Regulations give workplaces a modern framework that is relevant to Northern operations today. It also ensures Northerners have clear, complete direction, and workers and employers operating in more than one territory or province have increased familiarity with OHS requirements.

“It is very important for organizations to thoroughly review the new Regulations to see how the changes will affect their operations.” says Dave Grundy, President & CEO of the WSCC. “One of the major highlights of the new Regulations is the increased support for an Internal Responsibility System (IRS), which allows employers and workers to ensure safe workplaces together.”

These Regulations apply to most businesses operating in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut*. Northerners who have any questions about compliancy are encouraged to contact OHS Regs.

The new Regulations are available for download at OHSRegs.ca.

*The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations remain proposed in Nunavut.

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Kim Walker
Manager, Communications
T: (867) 920-3846
TF: (800) 661-0792 ext. 3846