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Improving workplace health and safety in Yukon

We would like your help in our ongoing efforts to improve workplace health and safety in Yukon. We’re requesting your input on two issues.

  1. Workplace violence and harassment are significant contributors to psychological injuries.
    The Government of Yukon is proposing to introduce a new regulation to address workplace violence and harassment.

  2. Current Occupational Health and Safety Regulations don’t provide adequate guidance to employers and workers regarding workplace hazard assessment.
    The Government of Yukon is proposing to amend these regulations to make them clearer and provide better guidance to employers and workers.

Preventing workplace violence and harassment

Violence and harassment are recognized as hazards that represent a significant risk to workers. Most other Canadian jurisdictions have already established regulations that address workplace violence and harassment.

When Yukon’s workers experience psychologically healthy and safe workplaces, Yukon’s employers enjoy improved productivity, efficiency and success.

The Government of Yukon is proposing to introduce a violence and harassment prevention regulation. Modelled on those in other parts of the country, the regulation will be a major step in protecting the health and safety of Yukoners in the workplace.

Improving workplace hazard assessment

A critical factor in workplace health and safety is hazard assessment. This is a practice that enables workers and employers to identify hazards and address risks to workplace health and safety on an ongoing basis.

The current Occupational Health and Safety Regulations don’t provide adequate guidance to employers and workers around hazard assessment. There is a lack of clarity and detail.

The Government of Yukon is proposing changes to the regulations that will provide better guidance and improved detail around workplace hazard assessment.

Your contribution

We’re inviting your input on how we develop and implement a regulation to address violence and harassment in Yukon workplaces and on making improvements to existing workplace hazard assessment regulations.

We’ve already engaged with a selection of stakeholders in an early conversation to help us identify key issues for further examination.

You can read a summary of that conversation in the “Summary of stakeholder pre-engagement”.

We’ll use your input to develop and implement regulations that align with our community’s interests and needs.

Based on our research and that early conversation, we’ve put together a policy framework that outlines our proposed approach to the development of regulations.

Please read the framework and provide input on it. The framework is available here:

How to contribute

There are three ways for you to contribute your input.

  1. Complete the online survey before June 30

  2. Prepare a written response and deliver it to wcb-cs@gov.yk.ca

  3. Attend our open house
    Date: Tuesday, June 18
    Time: 3 to 7 p.m.
    Location: NorthLight Innovation, 2180 Second Avenue, Whitehorse

Questions and answers

What if I need more information?

If you are looking for more information, please contact us either by email or phone.
Email: wcb-cs@gov.yk.ca
Phone: 867-393-6208
We’re available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Where can I find results?

We will publish a “What We Heard” report this summer. You can find it on engageyukon.ca