COVID-19 Update

WSCC’s Yellowknife and Inuvik offices are now open to the public. Our Iqaluit office is currently closed to the public and our employees are working from home. Our services are still available online or on the phone. Visit our COVID-19 page for important service updates, and the COVID-19 Resource page for essential tools for your workplace.

Safety Bulletins

WSCC Safety Bulletins

Asbestos Safety and Compliance
Asbestos is a hazardous material. Asbestos fibres are extremely fine and can remain suspended in the air for hours;... more
Bullying in the Workplace
Bullying usually involves repeated events or a pattern of behaviour that is meant to threaten, offend, insult, or... more
COVID-19: What protection do you need to do your job safely?
COVID-19 can spread from person to person through respiratory droplets containing the virus. To work safely, find out... more
Elevated Work Platforms
Employers who use elevated work platforms, often attached to self-propelled ‘zoom-boom’ type mobile equipment, must... more
Fall Protection
Every year in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, workers suffer serious injuries because of falls from heights. A... more
First Aid: First Aid Kits
Employers will need to update their first aid kits to meet the requirements of the amended OHS Regulations and the... more
First Aid: Legislation Amendments
On January 1, 2021, changes to Part 5 First Aid of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulations of the... more
Grinder Safety
Grinders, or tools that use abrasive/grinding wheels and discs, are commonly found on many worksites and in our homes.... more
How to Fit Foam Earplugs Correctly
For earplugs to protect you from high noise levels, you must insert them correctly.
Impairment at Work
The term impairment refers to a variety of conditions and/or substances that impact a worker’s normal ability to work... more
Impairment: Alcohol Use and Work
Impairment (also known as unfit for duty/work) resulting from alcohol use can have severe consequences for not only the... more
Impairment: Cannabis at Work
Employers have always been responsible for ensuring their workers are able to perform work safely. This has not changed... more
Impairment: Fatigue in the Workplace
Mental and/or physical exhaustion can cause fatigue and lead to unstable decision-making and poor body ergonomics.... more
Impairment: Medications and Illness
Individuals do not often consider prescription or over-the-counter medication as something that could affect their... more
Ladder Safety
Safe Ladder Set-up and Use Select the right ladder for the job. Inspect the ladder before use; look for broken rungs... more
Mould Removal
Employers and workers must comply with the Safety Acts and applicable regulations when removing mould-contaminated... more
On the Job: How Loud is It?
Hearing loss can result from exposure to sound levels at or above 85 decibels (dBA) for extended periods of time.
Scaffolding Safety
Safe Scaffolding Set-up: Train all workers on safe scaffold installation. Use proper fall protection. Carefully... more
Slips, Trips, and Falls
Slips, trips, and falls remain a major cause of injury in the workplace. Risk is higher from autumn to spring, with... more
Sprains and Strains
Sprain and strain injuries are the leading cause of time loss injuries for workers across the Northwest Territories and... more
Synthetic Web Slings
Synthetic web slings are lightweight and flexible flat rigging usually made of nylon or polyester. They are affordable... more
Traffic Control Person
Traffic Control Persons (TCPs), or Designated Signallers, give clear instructions to anyone (motorist, cyclists, and... more
Traffic Control Plans
Workers face an increased risk when they work on roadways. Employers must develop and implement a written Traffic... more
Viruses and Colds in the Workplace
Respiratory viruses like influenza and the common cold circulate regularly. They spread by coughing, sneezing, shaking... more
WHMIS 2015
The adoption of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) in WHMIS harmonized... more
WHMIS 2015: Guide for Suppliers
The adoption of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) into WHMIS harmonized... more
WHMIS 2015: Supplier Labels
The label is the worker’s first source of information about the product’s hazards. In WHMIS 2015, the labels of ... more
WHMIS 2015: Workplace Labels
The label is the workers’s first source of information about the hazards of a product. In WHMIS 2015, the labels of ... more
Working Alone
Workers face increased risks when working alone. The severity of the risks depends on location; type of work; public... more
The return of the midnight sun means that many of us will take advantage of the great outdoors between now and the end... more
Young Workers
Every year in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, workers suffer serious injuries. Anyone who lacks training and... more

External Bulletins & Alerts

Fall Protection Defect Swivel Snaphook Inspection Notification
Inspection notice for GFP products featuring a possible unsafe condition due to a supplier defect in a specific style... more
Falls: A Leading Cause of Truck Driver Injuries
Falls from height are a leading cause of injury for commercial drivers. Jumping from cabs and trailer decks can result... more
Fire Extinguisher Explosion DZ28
Friday Nightshift 7th May 2010, D Crew
Fire Extinguisher Failure
Sunday February 12, 2012 @ 7:30 am an Emeco field mechanic was completing his weekly service vehicle inspection. He... more
Fire Extinguisher Safety Alert
A pressurized fire extinguisher mounted to a Dozer ruptured and exploded due to loose mounting. The friction from the... more
Foot Injury from Outrigger
On February 28, 2012, a contract rigger at the CLEU-2 T/A was injured when a carry deck crane outrigger was lowered... more
Frac Oil Chemical Incident Alert
On September 6, 2013 during the routine maintenance of frac equipment, a vacuum truck operator was sucking out the... more
Genie Lift Safety Notice
Hand Injuries
On September 27th, worker was installing ground wire. While stripping the insulation covering off the wire, the knife... more
Hand Sanitizing
Hand Washing
Knife Injury Prevention
Knives can be a useful tool in our work place. However, knives are often used as ‘all purpose’ tools and can result in... more
Line of Fire Incident
On August 31, 2015, a contract mechanic was using the shop bay crane to position a drive chain in the drive case. When... more
Prevent the Spread
Be ready for the flu and other infectious diseases in the workplace.
Propane Cylinder Alert
A three person Hydro crew (pipefitters) were tasked to lower a 20-pound propane cylinder from a deck approximately 60... more
Snow Overload on Buildings
Provide a simple ‘rule-of-thumb’ method for identifying which GNWT structures are potentially at risk of developing... more
Yellow Jackets, Bees, and Wasps
Signs and symptoms of an insect bite/sting result from the injection of venom or other substances into your skin. The... more