It is essential that production companies understand workers’ compensation and occupational health and safety requirements before arriving in Yukon.
There are also requirements for adjacent jurisdictions – British Columbia and the Northwest Territories.
Safety saves and safety pays. While it is your responsibility to comply with laws and regulations, they are just the minimum standards. The best practice is to exceed safety regulations.
Yukon places high importance on the safety of young workers. If you are hiring workers under 25, you are encouraged to become a Passport to Safety employer.
The following are general conditions:
- You must register with Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board if:
• You are an employer working in Yukon for a total of 10 (or more) days in a calendar year
• You are hiring Yukon workers or contractors
- If you are hiring Yukon workers to work in Atlin, B.C. or the White Pass, you will need to contact WorkSafe B.C. at 1-800-925-2233. This is important for both workers’ compensation coverage and occupational health and safety requirements.
- Because of remote locations used for filming, there are minimum standards in Yukon for both First Aid equipment and the certification of First Aid people.
The Yukon Workers’ Compensation Act and Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations are at www.wcb.yk.ca under Acts and Regulations.
Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board
Toll-free in Yukon: 1-800-661-0443
Contextual Information Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act for Filming Activities on Active Mining Sites.
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