Staying Safe at Work and WSCC Service Updates
Staying Safe at Work and WSCC Service Updates
The WSCC is working with our partners and adapting our services to ensure we are continuing to meet the needs of workers, employers and healthcare providers in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. All service updates will be posted here as soon they become available.
We are asking all employers and workers to closely follow the advice of our Chief Public Health Officers (CPHO) in both Territories, and national public health guidance, regardless of whether or not there have been positive cases of COVID-19 (Corona virus) confirmed in your community. Make decisions based on the most current information related to testing, prevention techniques, business closures, essential services, self-isolation, social (physical) distancing and travel.
Do I need WSCC approval to open my business? No, employers do not need approval from the WSCC to reopen once the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer (OCPH) has lifted business restrictions as part of the NWT’s Emerging Wisely Plan.
It is the responsibility of all employers to ensure a healthy and safe workplace under the Safety Act and OHS Regulations. That responsibility has not changed.
Under the direction provided by the OCPH, employers must have an Exposure Control Plan in place before they open to make sure that they are able to run their business safely. This plan includes risk assessment forms available on the WSCC website.
- The employer or worksite supervisor must complete the COVID-19 Risk Assessment and Worksite Precautions for the whole worksite.
- Workers need to complete the COVID‐19 Field Level Risk Assessment depending on their role or task list.
Employers do not need to submit their completed Exposure Control Plans to WSCC. However, they must keep all safety plans up-to-date and be able to present it if asked to do so by WSCC Inspectors.
To have an OHS Inspector assist with your exposure control plan or with conducting a risk assessment for your business, please email Covidfirstname.lastname@example.org
COVID-19 Risk Assessment and Worksite Precautions Form – Employers must take all necessary precautions to minimize the risks of COVID-19 transmission. Complete this online tool, use the assessment to train your staff, incorporate the recommended protocol in your OHS program, and for your OHS records. This is an essential part of your plan to keep your workers safe.
COVID-19 Resources – Check here for resources to help employers and workers stay safe. As the COVID-19 situation evolves, resources will be added.
Employer Payroll Assessments – Employer Assessment Payments can be submitted through WSCC Connect. For an online guide please visit our WSCC Connect Help Desk. If you require further assistance, email our Employer Services team.
Assessment Payment Deadline - Effective April 1, 2020, the WSCC has suspended late payment interest penalties and further extended the assessment payment deadline to August, 2020.
How can I change my payroll estimate? - Payroll estimates can be submitted or changed online through WSCC Connect. For an online guide please visit our WSCC Connect Help Desk. If you require further assistance, email our Employer Services team.
Compensation payments to injured workers will continue as scheduled. We encourage those receiving payments by cheque to sign up for Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT). Please complete our online form and contact your case manager if you wish to do so.
Reporting Unsafe Work - WSCC responds to all reports of unsafe work; however, we recommend submitting the report online through WSCC Connect. If a critical incident is reported, WSCC will conduct a risk assessment to determine if an Inspector is required on the ground or if alternatively, we can provide guidance from a distance.
Making a Claim related to COVID-19 - While most cases of communicable diseases are as a result of daily activities and interactions with people, if you believe that you contracted COVID-19 as a direct result of your employment, please contact 1-800-661-0792, or email our Claims Department with a completed Worker’s Report of Injury. WSCC will determine whether the claim is related to work, and if so, what benefits will be provided based on that unique circumstance.
Ergonomics – Remember that your health and safety is important no matter what your workplace looks like. If you are now working from home, we encourage you to consider the ergonomics of your workspace. Check out this guide for completing a self-ergonomic assessment.
Electronic Payments - To avoid delays in receiving payments, WSCC encourages all vendors to take advantage of the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) option. EFT allows for timely direct payments, and reduces environmental impact. Contact us at (867) 920-3888 or email our Finance Department to request the Electronic Fund Transfer form. You can also download this online form.
The WSCC will provide updates as the situation develops. If you have questions or concerns, contact the WSCC in the NWT at (867) 920-3888, toll-free (800) 661-0792 or in Nunavut at (867) 979-8500, toll-free (877) 404-4407, 8:30 to 5:00 pm local time.