Newfoundland launches workplace safety
training initiative

20,000 employers and workers expected to participate
||Last Updated: 04/08/2003

In an effort to reduce workplace accidents and return injured employees to work safely and quickly, Newfoundland has announced a co-operative training program.

The program is a joint initiative between the Newfoundland and Labrador Employers’ Council and the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour. The province’s Workplace Health Safety and Compensation Commission (WHSCC) is a funding partner in the project.

Newfoundland enacted amendments in May to revamp its health and safety legislation. The training program is intended to help employers and workers understand and comply with the new law.

The penalties for employers who don’t comply with the new legislation could include up to a year’s salary associated with the worker injured, as well as any costs to the WHSCC for retraining the worker for other employment. Any worker who doesn’t participate meaningfully in return-to-work programs could see benefits reduced, suspended or terminated.

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