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WHSCC Receives 2014 Community Awareness Award
Thursday, October 2, 2014


St. John’s, NL The Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission (the Commission) has been recognized by the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association – Newfoundland and Labrador (CHHA-NL) for its efforts to increase awareness of the challenges of hearing loss, to the public and to its staff.  

Recognizing that its clients may have hearing, visual or other challenges, as a result of a workplace injury or otherwise, the Commission has adopted a Service Without Barriers approach. The Commission has been working with the CHHA-NL, along with other partners such as the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and the Independent Living Resource Centre, to better understand the needs of its clients and implement practical solutions to providing appropriate client service depending on their particular challenge.  

The CHHA-NL has trained Commission staff on how to better provide services to clients who are hard of hearing, and provided advice on assistive devices.  

“Hearing loss is a leading occupational disease among clients of the Commission,” said Leslie Galway, Commission CEO. “Providing better access to information and using assistive devices that help us better communicate with our clients is very important. We are honored to be recognized with the CHHA-NL’s 2014 Community Awareness Award, and look forward to continuing to work with the CHHA-NL and other community partners to ensure that our clients receive the best service possible.”  

In the past five years, from 2009 – 2013, the Commission has accepted 699 claims for hearing loss.

About the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission

Serving approximately 13,000 injured workers and more than 19,000 employers, 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 dependents.

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Media contact:

Carla Riggs, Director of Communications
Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission
709-778-1590
carla.riggs@whscc.nl.ca

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