FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 29, 2021
New app helps workplaces better understand OHS Legislation
St. John’s, NL – A new mobile app was launched today to help promote safer workplaces. NL OHS, a Guide to Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Legislation, is a joint initiative of WorkplaceNL and the Department of Digital Government and Service NL. By using clear language and easy-to-find topics, the app helps make the Newfoundland and Labrador Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations easier to understand.
The app is available for free through the Apple and Android app store or can be viewed in a web browser (see Related Links below). When downloaded, you can access it without using WIFI or data – ideal for remote worksites.
OHS topics now available include: confined space entry, ladders, noise, ventilation, working at height, working alone and psychological health and safety. More topics will be released later this year.
The Guide to OHS Legislation app was developed in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.
As the Minister Responsible for WorkplaceNL, I am pleased to see the development of this new app that will help everyone in the workplace have easy access to information about safety rules. Increasing accessibility will enable more people to have all of the information on proper practices which they can use to protect themselves in the workplace.
– Honourable Bernard Davis, Minister Responsible for WorkplaceNL
Easy to understand and relatable examples help us better understand occupational health and safety responsibilities. Having this information accessible in the new app and on the website aligns with our commitment to increase digital services for the people of our province.
– Honourable Sarah Stoodley, Minister of Digital Government and Service NL
We are proud to launch a new app that puts complex safety requirements in clear language at workers’ and supervisors’ fingertips. Being able to easily check on the proper set-up or responsibilities before a job starts will help prevent work-related injury or illness. This app is another modern step forward in WorkplaceNL’s and the Department of Digital Government and Service NL’s joint workplace injury prevention strategy.
– Dennis Hogan, CEO, WorkplaceNL
Understanding health and safety requirements can make the difference between life and death, in the construction industry. Congratulations to WorkplaceNL and the Department of Digital Government and Service NL on the launch of a new app that will help explain health and safety regulations in user-friendly language and provide employers, supervisors and workers with quick and easy access to practical resources that will help create safer workplaces in Newfoundland and Labrador.
– Jackie Manuel, P.Eng., CEO, Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Safety Association
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Guide to OHS Legislation Newfoundland and Labrador (using a web browser)
Advancing a Strong Safety Culture – A Workplace Injury Prevention Strategy 2018-2022
Serving approximately 215,000 workers and 18,000 employers, WorkplaceNL administers an employer-funded, no-fault workers’ compensation system that promotes safe and healthy workplaces, provides return-to-work programs and offers compensation to injured workers and their dependents.
Carla Riggs, WorkplaceNL
709.778.1590 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynn Robinson, Department of Environment and Climate Change
709-729-5449, 691-9466 or email@example.com
Krista Dalton, Digital Government and Service NL
709-729-4748, 685-6492 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tammy McCabe, Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Safety Association
709.739.7000 ext: 209 or email@example.com