The RNC Welcomes Changes to Workplace NL that Recognizes Mental Health
(St. John’s) March 16, 2018 – As a first responder agency, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) welcomes the announcement yesterday by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador that WorkplaceNL has broadened its coverage for work-related traumatic mental health issues. This new policy recognizes that first responders can develop mental stress disorders resulting from an employee’s involvement in multiple traumatic events (cumulative effect) and removes the limitation on claims arising from traumatic events that form part of the ‘inherent risk’ of the occupation.
The very nature of the work carried out by RNC employees puts them at an increased risk of exposure to multiple traumatic events during their career. As an employer, the RNC is aware of the effects of occupational stress injuries and have been proactive in the mental wellness of our employees. This certainly is great news for RNC employees affected by cumulative traumatic events.
Cst. Geoffrey G. Higdon #819
Media Relations / Social Media Officer
Royal Newfoundland Constabulary
1 Fort Townshend, St. John’s, NL, A1C-2G2