WorkSafe educates Sask. public about asbestos risks

WorkSafe educates Sask. public about asbestos risks REGINA, SK – As homeowners and contractors prepare to begin renovation projects in the new year, WorkSafe Saskatchewan is continuing to educate the public on the risks of asbestos exposure in residential and commercial properties. Asbestos-related diseases are the leading cause of workplace deaths in Saskatchewan, causing 25 per cent of all workplace-related deaths over the last 10 years. Occupational disease-related fatalities are often diagnosed years after a workplace exposure and account for 44 per cent of this year’s workplace fatalities as of Oct. 31, 2018. Despite increased awareness of the hazards presented by asbestos exposure, it is expected that some workers in the province will be exposed, putting them at risk of disease or death decades into the future. “A lot of people aren’t aware that they might have asbestos in their homes or their offices. When asbestos is disturbed during renovations, [...]

2018-12-13T10:34:10+00:00 December 13th, 2018|news|

WorkSafe Sask. connects employers with psychological health expertise

WorkSafe Sask. connects employers with psychological health expertise Saskatoon, SK – Over the last three years, the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) has seen a 75 per cent increase in mental health claims accepted. In response, WorkSafe Saskatchewan is hosting a one-day learning event for employers, human resource professionals and mental health experts in Saskatoon to bring awareness to psychological health and safety in the workplace. With over 325 attendees registered, today’s event features mental health experts from both industry and academia. “While psychological claims only equate to a small percentage of all workplace injury claims accepted, the increase in the rate of acceptance is concerning,” said Kevin Mooney, Director of Prevention at the WCB. “The response to our learning event shows the need with employers to offer resources of this nature.” During the morning session, Dr. Rakesh Jetly, Head of the Centre of Excellence in Mental Health, will deliver [...]

2018-12-05T12:43:18+00:00 December 5th, 2018|news|

WorkSafe Sask., University of Fredericton partner to support workplace psychological health

WorkSafe Sask., University of Fredericton partner to support workplace psychological health Regina, SK – The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) and the University of Fredericton (UFred) have signed a partnership agreement to increase access to training and resources for Saskatchewan employers to create psychologically healthy workplaces. Over the last three years, the WCB has seen a 75 per cent increase in the number of psychological claims accepted. While psychological claims only equate to a small percentage of all workplace injury claims accepted, the increase in the rate of acceptance is concerning. “At WorkSafe Saskatchewan, we saw a need to provide employers with additional resources to help them create a psychologically healthy work environment for employees,” said Kevin Mooney, Director of Prevention at the WCB. “The expertise of the University of Fredericton faculty and the training courses made available will be invaluable to Saskatchewan employers.” Through its partnership with UFred, Saskatchewan [...]

2018-12-03T09:16:01+00:00 December 3rd, 2018|news|

Nominate safe workers, employers for WorkSafe awards

Nominate safe workers, employers for WorkSafe awards WorkSafe’s Safe Worker, Safe Employer Award nominations open until Nov. 17 Regina, SK – Do you know a worker who leads safety in the workplace, or an employer who makes safety a core company value? Each year, WorkSafe Saskatchewan recognizes workers and employers who strive to make Mission: Zero a reality in the province through the Safe Worker Award and Safe Employer Award. This year’s nomination deadline for both awards is November 17. “It’s important to recognize those workers and employers who have taken the steps to create strong safety cultures in their workplaces,” said Kevin Mooney, the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB)’s Director of Prevention. “Workers who identify hazards and introduce safety initiatives create safer work environments, while employers who prioritize safety reduce workplace injuries and improve employee morale.” Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria: Developing research from the University [...]

2018-11-13T17:00:05+00:00 November 8th, 2018|news|

WCB and WorkSafe Saskatchewan building injury prevention research capacity

WCB and WorkSafe Saskatchewan building injury prevention research capacity Regina, SK – As part of ongoing efforts to reduce injuries and fatalities in the province, the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) is undertaking steps to strengthen ties between researchers and Saskatchewan’s primary injury prevention partners – WorkSafe Saskatchewan, the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety (LRWS), research institutions and industry safety associations. As WorkSafe works to build safety research capacity in Saskatchewan, Dr. Sean Tucker has joined WorkSafe as the Associate Director of Research. “Dr. Tucker’s abundant experience in health and safety research will be a great asset in his new role,” said Phil Germain, Vice-President of Prevention at the WCB. “Sadly, workplace fatalities are higher this year than we’ve seen in the past few years. There is no single cause for this, which is why it’s so important for us to work together to find solutions.” Tucker has [...]

2018-10-31T16:49:59+00:00 October 31st, 2018|news|

SGI turns safety culture around in 4 years

SGI turns safety culture around in 4 years Company wins gold in public sector/non-profit category of Canada's Safest Employers awards Four years ago, Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) was added to the Workers’ Compensation Board’s top 50 priority list due to its workplace injuries being above the industry standard. Today, the organization has its lowest medical aid and lost-time claims in five years. Read full story here: https://www.cos-mag.com/personal-process-safety/38061-sgi-turns-safety-culture-around-in-4-years/

2018-10-26T11:54:13+00:00 October 26th, 2018|news|

WorkSafe educates workers, employers on workplace impairment

 WorkSafe educates workers, employers on workplace impairment Regina, SK – As part of ongoing efforts to help prepare workplaces for the legalization of cannabis, WorkSafe Saskatchewan has added some additional resources for employers to its website and launched an awareness campaign targeting Saskatchewan workers. WorkSafe, in partnership with Miller Thomson, MNP and the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce, has developed a video resource for employers to answer some of the questions surrounding the legalization of cannabis. This 30-minute moderated panel discussion, hosted by Kevin Mooney, Director of Prevention at the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB), draws on the expertise of legal professionals from Miller Thomson and human resources professionals from MNP. It is part of a collection of tools and resources that WorkSafe is hosting on its website for employers and workers to access. “Many of our industry partners came to us with concerns about the potential impacts of cannabis in [...]

2018-10-10T11:00:30+00:00 October 10th, 2018|news|

WorkSafe Sask. announces 2018 Youth Video Contest winners

WorkSafe Sask. announces 2018 Youth Video Contest winners Voting for National Fan Favourite runs until May 3 Regina, SK –WorkSafe Saskatchewan is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Youth Video Contest. Saskatchewan students in Grade 9 to 12 were invited to create a two-minute video with the theme, “Focus on Safety” to help students learn more about workplace safety. The 2018 Youth Video Contest winners are: First place: Focus on Safety by Hannah MacKenzie and Nathan Tremblay (teacher Tom Schwinghamer), Humboldt Collegiate Institute, Humboldt Second place: WorkSafe Saskatchewan Video Contest 2018 by Reagan Gerhardt and Tayler Carrierre (teacher Roddy Gall), Nutana Collegiate, Saskatoon Third place: Ladder Safety by Zachary Koroluk and Kaiden Godlien (teacher Michael Wolf), Miller Comprehensive High School, Regina This year, WorkSafe received 21 entries from 12 schools across the province. Entries were judged on their technical merit, adherence to safety regulations, creativity and overall [...]

2018-05-01T16:39:07+00:00 May 1st, 2018|news|

Canadian health and safety specialist to speak about creating mentally healthy workplaces at the WCB’s Compensation Institute

Canadian health & safety specialist to speak about creating mentally healthy workplaces at the WCB’s Compensation Institute Regina, SK – The Canadian Mental Health Association suggests one in five Canadians will personally experience a mental health problem or illness every year. The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) is bringing Emma Nicolson, Occupational Health and Safety Specialist with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), to speak at the WCB’s annual Compensation Institute, March 19-20. Emma is a national specialist who provides guidance to employers and employees on workplace health and safety. She will speak on workplace factors that can have a direct impact on worker well-being and a methodology to address psychosocial hazards. She will also focus on strategies around the conversations that need to take place when fostering a mentally healthy work environment. Compensation Institute is a free two-day educational event featuring a number of world-class guest [...]

2018-03-12T10:02:01+00:00 March 12th, 2018|news|

President of Canadian Initiative on Workplace Violence to speak at the WCB’s Compensation Institute in Regina

President of Canadian Initiative on Workplace Violence to speak at the WCB’s Compensation Institute in Regina Regina, SK – Workplace injuries caused by violence are increasing in Saskatchewan and the risk of violence is a concern to employers and workers in various industries. Employers and workers want to know what they can do to eliminate the risk of workplace violence and how to stay safe at work. In 2016, violence was the fifth highest cause of workplace injury in Saskatchewan. This is why the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) is bringing Glenn French, President and CEO of the Canadian Initiative on Workplace Violence, to speak at the WCB’s annual Compensation Institute, March 19-20. Glenn is a national and international authority on workplace violence prevention and in light of well-publicized workplace abuses in Canada, he can offer insight into the critical elements of a comprehensive workplace violence prevention program. This includes [...]

2018-03-09T16:30:30+00:00 March 5th, 2018|news|