Many Nova Scotia workplaces, including those in the automotive industry, will benefit from the Workplace Safety Strategy’s focus on small and medium businesses.
Providing smaller businesses with access to tools that will help them enhance safety in their workplaces is a priority.
• In December 2014, participants from business, industry, and safety associations, representing thousands of small and medium-sized businesses, came together for the second year in a row to discuss their specific needs and challenges when it comes to occupational health and safety. This forum was hosted by WCB and the Department of Labour and Advanced Education (LAE).
• A Small Business Safety Toolkit has been created, both in print and online, to support the unique needs of Nova Scotia’s smaller businesses.
• Staff was reassigned at WCB and LAE to help support workplaces across Nova Scotia, including small and medium-sized organizations. WCB now has a Workplace Consultant dedicated to supporting the injury prevention and return-to-work programs of small and medium businesses. There are also five additional safety inspectors and two new education and outreach officers at LAE.
• An information session and open house was held in New Minas in fall 2014 with representatives from WCB, LAE, and provincial Safety Associations.
• A new What Business Owners Need to Know about Workplace Safety brochure was distributed to thousands of small and medium-sized businesses across Nova Scotia. The brochure is also automatically provided to any new business registering through Service Nova Scotia.
• The WCB has launched a newly designed website to better serve Nova Scotia’s employers and employees.