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Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission addressing privacy breach
Friday, February 3, 2012

ST. JOHN’S – The Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission (the Commission) is addressing the inappropriate access of injured worker records by an employee.  

The breach of privacy was brought to the attention of the Commission’s Chief Executive and Privacy Officer on February 2, 2012 and immediately disclosed to the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner. Preliminary review has identified that the employee accessed 12 injured workers’ records at the WHSCC without a justifiable work purpose over a three-year period. The WHSCC executive is in the process of contacting those injured workers who are affected.

“We apologize to the clients affected by this breach and to all our clients for any concerns that may arise from this incident,” said Chief Executive and Privacy Officer Leslie Galway. “We have zero tolerance when it comes to unauthorized access to confidential client information at the Commission.”

An internal investigation is ongoing to ensure that all instances of inappropriate access have been identified and the Commission will cooperate fully with the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner throughout the process.  

The Commission has internal processes that track access to injured workers’ records. These processes are being used to assist in identifying and reporting all unauthorized access to records and will further strengthen the Commission’s privacy protection system.  

Serving approximately 12,000 injured workers, the Commission is an employer-funded, no fault insurance system that promotes safe and healthy workplaces, provides return-to-work programs and offers fair compensation to injured workers and their dependants. 

Chris Flanagan, Director of Communications
Telephone: 709-778-1590 or 709-728-7869

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