Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour

Changes to WorkSafeNB announced (08/12/10)

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Dec. 10, 2008

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Proposed legislative changes to the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission were introduced today by Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault. The amendments are designed to improve the structure of the commission's successor agency, WorkSafeNB.

"These changes will serve to strengthen WorkSafeNB's governance structure; to ensure that sufficient human resources and corporate knowledge are available to the board; and to carry out its significant mandate," said Arseneault.

The changes include:

The changes stem from an independent panel report containing 64 recommendations directed to WorkSafeNB and the government. WorkSafeNB has supported these changes and has worked to move them forward.

"The amendments will respond to four of the panel's recommendations," said Arseneault. "These changes are key to the functioning of the board of directors and will help to facilitate WorkSafeNB's operations, which will, in turn, enable the agency to proceed with additional changes in the coming months."

WorkSafeNB is responsible for the administration of the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission Act, the Workers' Compensation Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act and corresponding regulations. For more information, visit www.whscc.nb.ca.

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Sheri Strickland, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-8617; Mary Tucker, communications, WorksafeNB, 506-632-2828..

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