Protecting Workers in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut

Workers’ rights are protected under different regulations in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut with the goal of setting employment and safety standards with regards to standard hours of work, continuity of employment, exemptions, safety in the workplace, compensation, and more.

Safety in the Workplace

In the Northwest Territories, employers are responsible for workplace safety and occupational health. Employees who suffer injuries should be transported to the nearest medical centre or hospital for treatment. They have to submit a completed Worker’s Report of Injury form while employers are required to complete an accurate and detailed account of the accident. In Nunavut, a number of codes and acts set standards of safety and occupational health, including the General Safety Regulations, Code of Practice on Hazard Assessment, Code of Practice on Asbestos Abatement, and others. The Consolidation of Safety Act sets standards on posting notice of danger, imminent danger, work in case of unusual danger, duty to assist safety officers, and so on.

Protecting from Injuries

If you are a resident of Nunavut or the Northwest Territories and a federal employee, you have the right to request investigation and are entitled to compensation for work-related injuries. In addition, there are safety and health procedures set in place to help protect workers from injuries and accidents as well as health and safety programs that detail the responsibilities and roles of employees and employers. Employees and workers have the right to refuse, participate, and know while employers must comply with relevant acts and regulations as well as directions by appeals and safety officers. It is essential to develop and implement safety and hazards procedures to minimize the risk of work-related injuries and accidents.

Insurance Compensation

Employees are entitled to compensation for illnesses, accidents, and injuries at the workplace. Payments help cover physical disabilities, auxiliary care, clothing, medical equipment, training, and other expenses. Compensation covers payments for physiotherapy, medical treatments, prescription drugs, and lost income. Workers who are entitled to receive compensation are required to provide information such as type and amount of payments, weekly and daily amounts, and end and start date.

Resources: http://www.ccohs.ca/legislation/nunavut.html

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