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Workplace Health: Changes and Challenges

This paper explores workplace health issues in Saskatchewan, including comparative analysis with Alberta and British Columbia. The paper was initiated by an interest in determining the influence of public policies and programs relative to the impact of broader socio-economic changes on work-related injuries, illnesses and fatalities. Occupational health and safety is largely a provincial responsibility, and each province presents a different socio-economic and policy environment, providing the potential for comparative analysis. Comparing the commonly used lost-time injury rates among the provinces, Saskatchewan appears to be the most dangerous place to work and Alberta the safest. Of the three provinces, Saskatchewan has an industrial and demographic profile most associated with higher injury rates. Saskatchewan injury prevention policies have focused more on worker participation and less on industry partnerships than its sister provinces. However, determining the relative impact of policies and environment on workplace health is complicated by a number of factors.


Allan Walker

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