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Health and Health Care

The Occupational Health and Safety Division (OHS) provides support and information to help identify hazards and prevent incidents that could cause illness, injury, or death.  Everyone in the workplace is legally responsible for safety. 


1. Audio Metric Testing (Hearing Test) in Saskatchewan

Under The Saskatchewan Employment Act (the Act), employers must  arrange for audiometric testing (hearing tests) and counselling at least once every 24 months for workers who:

  • Are regularly exposed, at work, to a daily noise level equal to, or greater than, 85 dBA Lex; or
  • Regularly work in areas where noise levels are equal to or greater than 90 dBA.

The Audio Metric Testing in Saskatchewan Guide contains recommendations for audiometric testing equipment, background noise levels in testing areas, calibration of audiometers, and the handling and keeping of test results.

Following the advice in this guide will ensure that the requirements of the Act and the regulations respecting hearing tests are met.  


2. Emergency Showers and Eyewashes in the Workplace

Unanticipated events may bring workers into contact with corrosive and other harmful substances that can injure exposed skin or eyes. 

Under The Saskatchewan Employment Act (the Act), employers are required to have:

  • Regular showers  in a  workplace where a worker’s skin is regularly exposed to harmful or offensive substances;
  • Emergency showers where workers can be quickly injured after substantial skin contamination by corrosive or other harmful substances; and
  • Eyewashes where workers’ eyes can be quickly injured by corrosive or other harmful substances.

The Emergency Showers and Eyewashes in the Workplace Guide helps employers determine if their workplace requires regular showers, emergency showers or eyewashes and provides information about the health and safety standards for emergency showers and eyewashes.


3. Eye Injury Prevention

Eye injuries have accounted for over 3% of all work-related injuries in Saskatchewan. 

Where workers’ eyes may become irritated or injured from flying particles, splashes, ultraviolent or infrared radiation, employers are required to supply approved eye and/or face protectors and ensure workers use them.

The Eye Injury Prevention Guide provides guidance to employers on how to prevent eye injuries within their workplaces and explains:

  • The risk factors;
  • When eye and face protection and other control measures are required;
  • How to choose suitable and approved eye and face protection, when required; and
  • How to recognize and treat eye injuries.

4. First Aid

Employers, contractors, or owners must provide first aid training and have first aid supplies at their workplaces.  The number of first aid attendants needed, the extent of first aid training, as well as the amount and types of first aid supplies required depend on the following factors:

  • The number of workers at the place of employment at any time;
  • How hazardous the work is; and
  • The distance to a medical facility.

The First Aid in Saskatchewan Workplaces Guide provides information about the first aid requirements, the supplies to be included in a first aid box and the recommended quantity per number of workers, and other requirements bases on Class A and Class B qualifications.


5. Musculoskeletal Injuries Prevention

In Saskatchewan, musculoskeletal injuries (MSI) account for almost half of work-related injuries.  A musculoskeletal injury is an injury or disorder of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, joints, bones, or supporting vasculature (blood vessels).  This type of injury may be caused or aggravated by repetitive motions, forceful exertions, vibration, mechanical compression, sustained or awkward postures, limitations on motion or action, or any other ergonomic stressors.

The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996, require an employer or contractor to regularly review, in consultation with the occupational health committee, activities that may cause or aggravate an MSI.  Also, once a worker has reported an MSI, there is a requirement to review their job and to implement appropriate control measures to prevent further injury to this and other workers who may perform the same job/tasks.

The Musculoskeletal Injuries Prevention Guide provides prevention methods for employers to use in their workplace. 

6. Vaccinations for Employees

A vaccination is a simple and effective way to prevent serious diseases or illnesses in workers who may be exposed to an infectious organism. Side effects are rare.

A vaccination stimulates a person’s immune system to protect against the infectious organism before it can cause disease or illness. Vaccinations are available for a number of infectious organisms that workers may be exposed to in the workplace.

In Saskatchewan, section 85 of The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996 requires employers to:

  • Inform workers who may be exposed to an infectious material or organism of any vaccinations recommended by:
    • the Canadian Immunization Guide ; or
    • a Medical Health Officer; or
    • other physician with expertise in immunization or the control of communicable diseases;
  • Inform workers of risks associated with taking these vaccinations; and
  • With a worker’s consent, arrange for the worker to receive these vaccinations during normal working hours and reimburse the worker for costs associated with receiving the vaccination.

Employers also need to be aware of the vaccinations recommended for workers in the Canadian Immunization Guide. They can seek advice from a Medical Health Officer or other physicians with expertise in immunization or control of communicable diseases based on workplace hazard assessment.

Employers must take steps to ensure their workers have been immunized before they begin tasks that may expose them to infectious organisms. Vaccinations should be started as soon as the worker is hired to do such work. Employers should arrange for workers to receive these vaccinations during normal working hours and reimburse workers for the associated costs.

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