It's time to lead.

Leaders set the tone in any organization - they establish the kind of employer an organization will be. Regardless of where you work, or how big or small your business, there's an opportunity for everyone to be a safety leader.

As we navigate our new reality with COVID-19, strong leadership is key as we face new kinds of challenges to our well-being. The need for effective workplace health and safety approaches is more important than ever. Find resources to be a better leader at, including COVID-19 safety prevention materials for your workplace, prevention tips, tools and resources for various industry sectors, links to more workplace prevention tools and resources, provided by local, national, and international public health, workplace and industry safety organizations and much more. 

Repetitive Strain Injury Awareness Day

February 29 (a fitting, non-repetitive day), or February 28 on non-leap years, was the international day to promote awareness and prevention for repetitive strain injuries (or musculoskeletal injuries), but their impact requires attention all year round. Read our latest blog to learn about the risk factors, signs and symptoms and how to prevent Nova Scotia’s most common type of workplace injury.

Support safe and timely returns to work with new resources

Working to Well

Nova Scotia is losing too much time to workplace injury. Although there are fewer injuries today, it’s taking longer than ever for employees to return to work when they are hurt on the job.

WCB Nova Scotia’s Working to Well program provides tools and resources to help reduce the human and economic toll of workplace injury in our province. It’s a digital-first hub to support workers, employers and health care providers as they navigate the return-to-work journey.

Check out the new website to learn more about your role in enabling safe and timely returns to work.

Mental health resources for first responders

An average day for a first responder is anything but average. First responders help Nova Scotians on our worst days, and that puts them at a higher risk for traumatic stress injuries like depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

On top of dealing with trauma, there is also a lack of understanding about traumatic stress injuries at work and in the community. A new website,, was developed to help build that understanding. It offers helpful tools and resources for First Responders, their family members, employers, and colleagues who are dealing with mental health issues, including self-assessments, online counselling, mobile apps, training materials, management toolkit and more.

Risk Mapping Tool

Risk Mapping Tool

Great safety leaders take a proactive approach to identifying risks in their own workplace to prevent injuries before they happen.

WCB Nova Scotia's recently updated Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Risk Mapping Tool can be used in any workplace to help identify, assess, and control injury hazards. It will help you understand where and why your employees are being injured, or it can be used as a proactive inspection tool to help identify where hazards exist, even if no incidents have yet occurred. 

This tool has been used by employers across the province to make proven, measurable differences in their safety outcomes. Add your workplace to our list of success stories by getting started today. 

WCB Corporate Leadership Updates

Top employers must be safety leaders

Earlier this year, WCB Nova Scotia was named a top employer in both Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada. Reflecting on that in a piece for Atlantic Business magazine, CEO Stuart MacLean wrote about the challenge before the province's employers, as we continue to navigate a new reality with COVID-19. “Resilience is a hallmark of leadership," he says. “In 2021, strong leadership will continue to help us work through this, safely.”

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WCB Nova Scotia evolves executive team with a view to the future 

WCB Nova Scotia is starting 2021 with additions and changes to its executive team, renewing emphasis on the importance of injury prevention, while focusing its sights on a new challenge facing the system – claim durations. CEO Stuart MacLean says the changes he’s making are driven by a simple, stark reality: To continue reducing the impact of workplace injury in our province, the WCB will need to think differently, and tackle long-standing challenges in new ways. 

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