A Milestone in Workplace Health and Safety

A year ago, the Ontario government accepted recommendations from an expert advisory panel that reviewed the workplace health and safety system. The ministry and its system partners held an event on Dec. 16, 2011, to update the public on the implementation of the recommendations. The ministry also unveiled a health and safety awareness poster, a worker awareness program workbook and an employer guide. These are available for public consultation.

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Strengthening Job Security For Family Caregivers

The Ontario government introduced legislation that would, if passed, recognize the importance of family and job security, and would build on the existing Family Medical Leave to provide up to eight weeks of unpaid job leave for employees to provide care and support to a sick or injured family member.

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MOL Radio Debuts

A series of audio podcasts that helps Ontario workers and employers learn about health and safety, and employment standards is now available for listening – anytime, anywhere.

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Proposed Regulation Concerning Reprisal Complaints

The ministry is proposing a new regulation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act that would prescribe the functions of the Office of the Worker Adviser (OWA) and the Office of the Employer Adviser (OEA) with respect to reprisal complaints.

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Diving Safety Video

Diving operations at power dams have serious hazards of differential pressures (Delta P). For example, the diver could be sucked into an opening. Once a diver is injured in a diving environment, it is often fatal. Learn what a ministry inspector looks for at diving operations at a power dam.

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Pits and Quarries Blitz Results

Mining inspectors conducted a blitz of pits and quarries across Ontario in July. The inspectors focused on hazards involving rock crushing, screening and conveying processes. The blitz results are now available.

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New and Young Worker Blitz Results

Ministry inspectors focused on the safety of young workers (ages 14-24) and new workers aged 25 and older who have been on the job for less than six months at selected industrial and health care workplaces during an enforcement blitz from May to August. Learn what the inspectors found.

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Protecting Workers at Nuclear Generating Facilities

The federal government’s Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and the Ontario Ministry of Labour have signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperating on a range of enforcement issues.

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