The following information can be helpful in ensuring safe use of space heaters at your workplace:
This information can help you create a written policy on space heater use at your workplace. Additional information can be added in your policy as you see fit. This is not an exhaustive list, and if applicable you should include your joint health and safety committee on the creation of a space heater policy.
When the food carriers are hired as independent contractors, they would be entitled to medical and benefit coverage only if they chose to purchase optional protection as a self-employed person.
Current back up alarms have limitations related to noise, localization, and hearing damage. The white noise alarms address many of these concerns. We have a section on our website devoted to the differences, where you can hear examples and learn more about the new technology.
The only mention of reflectorized vests or jackets in the Occupational Health and Safety Act is under Section 91(2) of Regulation 91-191. It states: “An employer shall provide, and all signallers shall wear, a reflectorized vest or jacket when controlling the flow of traffic.” At this time, the regulation does not specify the colour of the reflective shirts, nor the colour of the reflective striping. Although not incorporated into the regulation, CSA Z-96.1 – Guideline on the selection, use and care of high-visibility safety apparel can be used in selecting reflective clothing.
Supervisors and employers must develop and enforce safety policies fairly and equitably. Supervisors should be educated and trained on how to recognize possible impairment and how the workplace policies should be applied.
Common signs and symptoms of impairment – from cannabis use or other forms of drugs and alcohol – include the following and may help the early identification of an employee who might need help.
These signs and symptoms alone or in combination do not necessarily mean that somebody has a substance use problem and the signs are different from person to person. But they may be indicators that your employee is in trouble or in need of aid.
This list includes the main signs, but there may be others.
Physical: poor appearance/hygiene, sweating, headaches, tremors, diarrhea, restlessness, slurred speech, unsteady gait
Psychosocial: mood fluctuations, inappropriate verbal or emotional responses, irritability, confusion, memory lapses, isolation, lack of focus, lying
Performance: calling in sick frequently or working more overtime, arriving late/leaving early, extended breaks, errors in judgment, deterioration in performance, non-compliance with policies, changes in quality of work
The Issues Resolution Office (IRO) provides an opportunity for a review of claim-related decisions or an investigation of service-related complaints. Guided by the principles of impartiality, fairness and service excellence, the IRO is committed to working with our clients in a timely, responsive, and open manner to try to bring resolution to their issues. The IRO is staffed by a manager, an administrator, four internal review specialists, and a client service specialist. The IRO members are trained in administrative justice through the Foundation of Administrative Justice. The IRO reports to WorkSafeNB’s corporate secretary and general counsel.
If you feel you have been treated unfairly or disrespectfully, you can file a complaint to the IRO by:
If you disagree with a claim-related decision, you can request a review by the IRO by:
Jack Callaghan, a professor in University of Waterloo’s department of kinesiology, has found that the ideal sit-stand ratio lies somewhere between 1:1 and 1:3. It is recommended that you begin using your standing desk slowly − start with 20 minutes at a time. Also make sure you’re using a gel mat.
The ideal is to listen to your body. The key to success in any sedentary workplace is to avoid staying in the same position for extended periods of time.
The OHS Act requires the employer to post a copy of the OHS Act and regulations, which include:
First, you should note that WorkSafeNB accepts "electronic" postings for the Act and regulations, provided that workers have easy access to these documents. WorkSafeNB has a web link to all of its OHS legislation, readily available for anyone with Internet access.
In addition, you also need to post the joint health and safety committee (JHSC) minutes and the names of the JHSC members or health and safety representatives, as well as any code of practice established or adopted by the employer.
With respect to First Aid Regulation 2004-130, you are required to post an emergency communication plan, the names of your trained first aiders and signs indicating the location of first aid kits.
The posting requirements outlined in General Regulation 91-191 are task-specific. They can be found in sub sections 51(4), 76(3), etc. You should review the regulations to determine which ones apply to you.
In summary, WorkSafeNB will accept electronic access of the Act if: