WCB Nova Scotia wants to help employers and workers keep working safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. From now until the public health risk ends, we’ll be sending you special, regular editions of our Safe and Secure e-newsletter, to provide all the latest safety and prevention news and resources you need.

Safety & Health Week - May 3-9 

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May 3 - 9 is Safety and Health Week (formerly NAOSH Week) - a continent-wide initiative to focus employers, employees, partners and the public on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home, and in the community.

This week, workplaces across Nova Scotia will mark Safety and Health Week without the usual in-person gatherings that help connect and remind employers and workers to make safety a top priority, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The pandemic has meant a shift in the way many of us work, and it will continue to transform how we focus on workplace safety over the months ahead. That’s why this year, our focus for Safety and Health Week is on helping workplaces navigate working safely during the pandemic.

If you’re looking for ideas and activities for Safety and Health Week in your workplace, a good place to start is by checking out the COVID-19 prevention resources available at worksafeforlife.ca. Access resources to share in your workplace including posters, videos, audio clips, social media graphics and much more.

COVID-19 workplace safety resource hub 

Working safely during the COVID-19 pandemic is a challenge for workplaces across the province. Our new resource hub at worksafeforlife.ca/COVID19 can help. It provides tools and resources that address the current challenges of working, especially in health care, retail, trucking and manufacturing. In addition to sharing best-practice tips for each sector, the hub offers links to some great tools and information available through provincial, national and international workplace safety organizations.

News & Updates

Access the latest News and Updates from the WCB, LAE and Public Health. 

Working Safely by Industry

Find tools and resources on Working Safely by Industry, including info for trucking, health care, retail, and more. 

New Ways to Work Safely Campaign

Check out our New Ways of Working Safely campaign, including special materials for Safety and Health Week. 

COVID-19 Prevention Links

Learn more about preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace from these resource links

Digital Clearance now available in MyAccount

From now on, WCB clearance letters will only be available digitally through MyAccount. With this new online process, employers will be able to quickly save, print and share clearance letters from any device, any time of day. They can search the status of contractors too, and maintain a digital contractor list. The final paper clearance letters were sent in late March, covering the April 1 to June 30 quarter.

If you are an employer but aren’t signed up for MyAccount, sign up now to ensure you can access your clearance letter for the July 1 – September 30 quarter. More information about digital clearance and how it works is available at wcb.ns.ca/clearance

Safety Matters Blog

Supporting workplace safety during

Every day, our employees help workplaces reduce injuries and improve return-to-work outcomes. That work has changed dramatically in recent weeks, as workplaces have adjusted their operations to meet new COVID-19 public health requirements - including our own. Find out how WCB employees Ian MacDonald and Tanya Newell are helping workplaces during these unprecedented times.

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The importance of safety leadership

Leadership has always been an essential catalyst for workplace safety. Never has that been more true than during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

“It takes more than rules to make workplaces safe,” says Stuart MacLean,CEO, WCB Nova Scotia. “Safety leaders set standards and values. They connect, motivate, and inspire others to work safely. They’re visible on the front line, leading by example and working proactively to reduce risk. And they only do something if they can do it safely.”

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