Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island

Inspections & Investigations

The WCB is committed to keeping Island workplaces safe.

One of the ways we protect Island workers and employers is through the enforcement of the standards set out in the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations.

Enforcement is done through workplace inspections and investigations of complaints of serious injuries or illnesses, which are conducted by the WCB's Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Officers.


Our OHS Officers respond to concerns or complaints involving illness or unsafe workplaces and reported work refusals. To ensure the safety of everyone in the workplace, an inspection may be conducted which could result in:
  • An order(s) to correct an unsafe situation.
  • A stop work order if there is an immediate danger in a workplace.
  • Legal action, when necessary.
Remember: Workplace safety is everyone's responsibility. Regular inspections conducted in the workplace, by the people who work there, are an effective way to prevent injury and illness. Visit the Safety Representatives & Committees section of this website for information on how to conduct your own workplace safety inspections.


If a serious workplace injury or fatality occurs, employers are required by law to report the incident to the WCB. When the report is received, an OHS Officer will respond by conducting an investigation.

During the investigation, information is collected and analyzed to determine the cause of the accident. The purpose is help to workplaces prevent similar injuries or illnesses from happening again in the future.

For more information about workplace inspections and investigations, please refer to the Information on Workplace Health and Safety booklet, or contact us. Our Occupational Health and Safety staff are available to assist you.