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Special Award for Small Business


Awarded to a small business (fewer than 20 employees or full-time equivalents) demonstrating an exemplary health and safety program, innovation, and proven injury prevention and/or return to work track record.

This may include, but is not limited to, any of the following:

  • Solutions to identified risks
  • A demonstrated commitment to safety
  • Improved consultation
  • Training programs
  • Toolbox meetings where occupational health and safety is discussed; or
  • Any other practice that has improved occupational health and safety performance in your business and helped employees who are injured return to work in a safe and timely manner.

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Assessment criteria 

To enter in this category, your submission needs to detail the following:

  • What is/are the workplace health and safety practice(s) that have been implemented?
  • How did you identify the need for the health and safety practice(s)?  For example:
  1. Did you talk to your employees?
  2. Did you do a walk around inspection?
  3. Did you review past records?
  4. Did you identify a hazard?
  • To what extent were employees and/or organizations or other people involved in the development of the health and safety practice(s) in your workplace?  How did your employees contribute to this process?
  • Where hazards have been addressed, how did you identify them and assess the risk or likelihood they may result in an injury or illness?
  • How did you consider all possible risk control measures when developing or improving the health and safety practice(s) in your workplace? Control measures may include:
  1. Eliminating the risk
  2. Substitution
  3. Engineering controls
  4. Administrative controls
  5. Personal protective equipment
  • How did you record your health and safety work practices? How can employees assess them?
  • How did you communicate to employees about the health and safety work practices?  For example, how were they trained or made aware of these practices?
  • What effect have these practices had on your business?  For example:
  1. Health and safety
  2. Productivity
  3. Morale
  4. Consultation
  • A copy of your organization’s occupational health and safety code of practice as required under Sections 27 and 28 of the Occupational Health & Safety Act (if applicable). 
  • A photo of posted occupational health and safety materials in your workplace as required under Sections 9(2), 37, 38 and 39 of the Occupational Health & Safety Act.

Award finalists may be visited by members of the judging panel to verify claims made in the proposals and gain further context.

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Criteria Response - Special Award for Small Business  Click Here Click Here
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Send to: 

Mainstay Awards 
Workers’ Compensation Board of NS 
PO Box 1150 
5668 South Street
Halifax, NS B3J 2Y2

E-mail to: mainstayawards@wcb.gov.ns.ca