The Workers' Safety and Compensation Board is governed by the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Act. Under the Act, workplace health and safety is regulated by the Workplace Health and Safety Regulations.
Workers’ Safety and Compensation Act
The Act came into force on July 1, 2022. It replaces the Workers’ Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
The main purposes of the Act are to prevent workplace injuries and to care for injured workers.
Parts of the Act include workplace health and safety, compensation, appeals and offences.
You can find a copy of the Act under “W” in the legislation pages on the Government of Yukon website.
Workplace Health and Safety Regulations
The purpose of the Regulations is to promote workplace health and safety, and to protect workers and other workplace parties from work-related risks to their health, safety and well-being.
You can find a copy of the Regulations in the legislation pages on the Government of Yukon website.
The following is a complete list of the Regulations. You can find parts 1 to 18 in the Workplace Health and Safety Regulations. Follow the links to the other parts listed.
- Part 1: General
- Part 2: Confined Spaces
- Part 3: Lockout
- Part 4: Hand Tools and Power Driven Portable Tools
- Part 5: Cranes, Hoisting and Lifting
- Part 6: Mobile Equipment
- Part 7: Machinery and Machinery Guarding
- Part 8: Materials and Storage
- Part 9: Electrical Safety
- Part 10: Construction and Building Safety
- Part 11: Firefighting
- Part 12: Forestry Operations and Wood Products
- Part 13: Trades and Miscellaneous
- Part 14: Blasting Regulations
- Part 15: Surface and Underground Mines or Projects
- Part 16: Mine Shafts and Hoists
- Part 17: Oil and Gas Industry
- Part 18: Minimum First Aid Regulations
- Part 19: Violence and Harassment Prevention
- Commercial Diving Regulations
- Radiation Protection Regulations
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System Regulation
- Workplace Health Regulations
Health and safety codes of practice
Codes of practice are simple, practical guides to improving health and safety in the workplace. They expand on sections of the Act and Regulations to provide clear, documented guides.
Code of practice 2006-01 expands on the matter of sanitary amenities in the workplace, which is covered by section 1.71 of the Regulations, “Sanitation and Accommodation.”
The section states, “Workers shall be provided with sufficient clean sanitary toilet facilities taking into account the nature of the work, the number of workers and the gender of the workers.”
The code of practice expands upon that requirement to describe precisely how many toilets are required, their design, and the quality of facilities.
You can find all our codes of practice listed below. We encourage workers and employers to read the codes relevant to them to ensure their workplace is safe and fully compliant with the Act and Regulations.
- Code of Practice 2022-01 Workplace Sanitary AmenitiesCode of Practice
- Code of Practice 2022-02 Hand Signals for Crane Operators
- Code of Practice 2022-03 Rating Wire Rope Terminations
- Code of Practice 2022-04 Young and New Workers
- Young and New Worker Code of Practice Backgrounder and Guidelines for Employers
- Code of Practice 2022-05 Personal Protective Equipment in Building Construction