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Our blog discussing workplace safety opportunities in Nova Scotia and around the world.


Beating the heat this summer
Especially after a long spring spent indoors, the summer heat has come for many as a welcome relief. The sunshine makes it easier to engage in safe and physically distanced recreational activities, like hitting the patio, tennis court, or beach.

Take the sting out of summer
While the summer season is typically a time when many Nova Scotians step back and relax after the rigours of a long winter, it’s still important to be aware of warm-weather safety hazards, and take steps to reduce risk.

Managing COVID-19 risk at Nova Scotia Power
Nova Scotia’s electrical power service provider has expanded its industry-leading health and safety program to help keep workers, contractors and customers safe during COVID-19.

Safety and Health Week 2020
This week, May 3 - 9, 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.

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.

Supporting Psychologically Healthy and Safe Workplaces
While workplace mental health has emerged as a growing concern in recent years, the strain of the current pandemic and the recent tragic events across Nova Scotia that claimed the lives of several Nova Scotians have emphasized the need to cultivate and support psychologically healthy and safe workplaces in our province.

Preventing musculoskeletal injuries
In Nova Scotia, musculoskeletal injuries or MSIs are the most common type of workplace injury, accounting for about two thirds of all injuries reported to the WCB each year. Preventing MSIs begins with identifying the workplace hazards that cause them and adjusting the way the work is designed and carried out. Sometimes a simple change can make a big difference.

Steps for Life virtual walks
Steps for Life is traditionally a five-kilometre family walk that aims to educate the community about the devastating effects of workplace tragedy. These annual fundraising walk events will look and feel a little different this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but still offer Nova Scotians an opportunity to step up and do something positive for a worthy cause.

Preventing slip, trip and fall injuries
Recent prevention measures aimed at reducing the risk of COVID-19 may increase the risk of slip and fall injuries, as frequent hand washing protocols and new hand washing stations on work sites could result in more water splashed onto walking surfaces.

Supporting workplace safety during COVID-19
A big part of how WCB Nova Scotia supports injury prevention in our province is the work our Relationship Managers and Workplace Consultants do in workplaces, helping employers implement strategies to 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.