Workplace Safety Strategy

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In March 2013, the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education released the 2013-2017 Workplace Safety Strategy.

This strategy retains what worked from the 2003 strategy and focuses initiatives in areas Nova Scotians identified as priorities during province-wide consultations. Extensive research, including best practice elsewhere, sharpened the focus.

6 Safety Initiatives

Leadership - Leaders must emerge from all sectors and throughout all levels of organizations to champion and advocate safe workplaces.

Safety Culture - Changing workplace safety culture requires time and concentrated efforts from a variety of influencers. Success will be achieved when safe practices are second nature – the only way to do business – and safety permeates every workplace in the province.

Education and Training - Deeper and broader understanding, whether it comes through formal education or quality workplace training, is vital in changing a culture where workplace injury has been accepted as part of the job. In the new safety culture, injuries are preventable and unacceptable.

Small and Medium Enterprises - Providing smaller businesses with access to tools that will help them enhance safety in their workplaces is a priority.

Inspection and Enforcement - Workplace inspection and enforcement of safety laws and regulations are valuable opportunities to promote better safety practices.

Performance Management and Measurement - Workplace safety is now measured almost exclusively by failure – injuries and lives lost on the job, or time lost to work-related injury. These lagging indicators are important and will continue to be measured, but new tools are needed to help Nova Scotia workers and employers determine if they are doing the right things to keep workers safe.

View the 2013-2017 Workplace Safety Strategy and the action plan checklist.