Begin your safety leadership journey in the Safety Fundamentals section, where we lay the groundwork for understanding the importance of workplace safety and what safety truly means. Familiarize yourself with key legislation, clarify roles and responsibilities, and learn about occupational health and safety rights in the workplace. This knowledge is an important foundation for every leader committed to maintaining a safe and healthy work environment.
This is a section of the site dedicated to help leaders understand some core concepts in workplace safety and is a great starting point on your safety leadership journey.

Safety Program

WCB Healthy Workplaces Resources

WCB Safety Leadership Resources

WCB Create a Safety Program

WCB Small Business Toolkit for Safety

This section contains links to key Province of Nova Scotia legislation and regulation information which establishes occupational health and safety requirements in the province.



This section includes information about the roles and responsibilities that you have as a leader in your organization for workplace health and safety.

Employers Understanding and Exercising Responsibilities

Every employee has three key rights related to workplace health and safety. Find out what they are in this section.

Employee Rights and Responsibilities

This is a link to WCB’s Safety Certified Program where employers can demonstrate leadership and commitment to workplace health and safety by gaining Safety Certified accreditation and program benefits.

WCB Safety Certified Program

Need Immediate Safety Assistance?

Contact 911
Use this service when you need urgent support for safety-related issues.

Contact AWARE (1-902-832-3868)

For additional support on safety-related issues, or for guidance on health and safety protocols and training.


Is it a Workplace Injury?
Inform the Nova Scotia Workers’ Compensation Board

Ensure the injured employee receives the necessary first aid and medical care promptly.


For incidents requiring medical attention or resulting in work time loss, you must inform WCB. Reporting guidance is provided by WCB at this site:


Is it a serious injury or incident?
Contact the Government of Nova Scotia Department of Labour, Skills, and Immigration

It is your duty to report serious injuries. A serious injury or incident is one that endangers life or causes permanent injury.


You must notify the Occupational Health and Safety Division at the Nova Scotia Department of Labour, Skills, and Immigration whenever a serious injury happens at your workplace. Call or send the notice in writing within the following deadlines:

1.     Fatalities—immediately

2.     Serious injury—as soon as possible, within 24 hours

·        Unconsciousness

·        Fracture of the skull, spine, pelvis, arm, leg, ankle, wrist or a major part of the hand or foot

·        Loss or amputation of a leg, arm, hand, foot, finger, or toe

·        Third-degree burn

·        Loss of sight in one or both eyes

·        Asphyxiation or poisoning

·        Any injury that requires admission to hospital

·        Any injury that endangers life

  1. 3.  Serious incident—as soon as possible, within 24 hours

·        An accidental explosion

·        A major structural failure or collapse of a building or other structure.

·        A major release of a hazardous substance 

·        A fall from a work area where fall protection is required by the regulations.

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