Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island

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Announcements

Keeping Workers Safe During Storm Clean Up - September 29, 2022

 Charlottetown, September 29, 2022 – The Workers Compensation Board (WCB) has practical resources available to keep workers safe as the clean-up from post-tropical storm Fiona continues across the province.

 

The WCB has many resources available to support employers and workers alike and it has compiled these resources in one easy-to-find location on its website. The topics covered include safety for workers and contractors new to a job, using ladders or cranes, using a chainsaw, avoiding working fatigued and using gas or propane fueled equipment.

 

Resources can be found here: http://wcb.pe.ca/fiona 

 

“Fiona left much damage as she tore through our province on September 24. Our shared experience with similar weather related events tells us that the clean-up will take some time. Many employers are quickly onboarding new workers to respond to the many needs our communities are experiencing. As they do, we encourage them to keep safety top of mind as these new workers may not be familiar with hazards, equipment and associated safety procedures,” said Cheryl Paynter, CEO of the Workers Compensation Board.

 

The WCB would like to remind all Islanders that urgent workplace health and safety matters can be reported anytime by calling its Occupational Health and Safety emergency line at 902-628-7513. This emergency line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including during statutory holidays.  

 
 

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Draft Policies for Feedback - September 23, 2022

The Board of Directors has approved amendments to the following, in principle:

  • POL-06 Prescription Eyewear
  • POL-03 Travel and Related Expenses

The draft policies, along with the summaries of the proposed changes, are available in the Policy Consultation section of our website. We invite you to provide feedback by October 23, 2022.

April 28th is the Day of Mourning - April 27, 2022

April 28th is the Day of Mourning, honouring the memory of workers who have been injured or killed on the job. On the Day of Mourning, the Workers Compensation Board encourages all Islanders to show their support for those affected by workplace tragedy by:

  • Attending the ceremony hosted by the Prince Edward Island Federation of Labour
  • Displaying a Day of Mourning poster.
  • Wearing a Day of Mourning lapel sticker.
  • Lowering workplace flags at half-mast.
  • Observing a moment of silence.

Posters and lapel stickers are available at the WCB.  Please join us in recognizing the Day of Mourning, and in strengthening the resolve to protect everyone in the workplace through improved health and safety, each and every day.

Passing of WCB Staff Member - November 17, 2021

It is with heavy hearts we acknowledge the tragic passing of one of our WCB team members, Melissa MacDonald and her beautiful daughter, Layla. Our deepest sympathies go out to Melissa's husband and son at this incredibly difficult time.


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Experience Rating Program Enhancements for 2022 - September 27, 2021

The Experience Rating Program offers a financial incentive for employers to create safer workplaces by adjusting assessment rates based on their claims costs history. The WCB conducted a review of the program to ensure that it is fair, effective and easily understood. As a result of this review, which included consultation with stakeholders, we are putting improvements in place for 2022.  

 

A summary of the changes is available in the Policy Consultation section of our website.  We invite you to review the changes and provide any further comment by October 27, 2021.


News Releases

Experience Rating Program Changes - December 13, 2021


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