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December 17, 2014

Proposed Amendments to Regulation 854 (Mines and Mining Plants) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act

The Ministry of Labour is proposing various amendments to Regulation 854 (Mines and Mining Plants) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. If approved, the proposed amendments would:

  • Implement recommendations made by the Mining Legislative Review Committee;
  • Strengthen and improve requirements regarding high visibility safety apparel (an issue raised in the Mining Health, Safety and Prevention Review Interim Report);
  • Update references to certain standards, legislation or agencies;
  • Update terminology and clarify certain requirements; and
  • Gradually change the fees payable for rope testing performed by the Materials Testing Laboratory.

More information on the proposal

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December 16, 2014

Ontario Government Approves Regulation on Presumptive WSIA Protection for Band Council Firefighters

The Ontario government has approved Regulation 253/07. The regulation extends legislative presumptions under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 (WSIA) to firefighters and fire investigators employed by, or firefighters who volunteer for, First Nations Band Councils. The presumptions are a list of diseases that are presumed to be work-related for firefighters with certain years of service, unless the contrary is shown, and therefore compensable under the WSIA. The regulation reflects the government’s commitment to protect firefighters who put their lives at risk to protect others.

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December 9, 2014

Ontario Approves Regulation to Increase Workers Compensation Benefits

The Ontario government has approved Regulation 251/14. The regulation will increase Workplace Safety and Insurance Board benefits for those receiving partial disability benefits by establishing an indexing rate of 0.5 per cent for 2015. The increase will come into effect on January 1.

As directed by Premier Kathleen Wynne in her mandate letter to the Minister of Labour, the ministry will be considering reforms to the WSIB, which will include implementing a strategy to deal with indexation of partially disabled workers.

These changes are part of the Ontario government’s commitment to protect the most vulnerable and create a fair society.

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November 3, 2014

Proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System Regulation (R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 860)

The Ministry of Labour is proposing to amend selected provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) that set out duties related to the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), and to amend certain requirements in the WHMIS Regulation made under the OHSA.

The proposed amendments are part of a broader national and international initiative to implement a world-wide system of classifying and providing information about hazardous workplace chemicals, known as the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).

In Canada, the federal government has taken steps to implement the GHS. On June 19, 2014, it passed amendments to the Hazardous Products Act to harmonize existing federal WHMIS requirements with GHS standards. The federal government is also finalizing new Hazardous Products Regulations to replace the existing Controlled Products Regulations.

All provinces and territories must amend their WHMIS requirements to reflect the changes to federal WHMIS legislation and regulations. In Ontario, this means that administrative and technical amendments to both the OHSA and WHMIS Regulation are required.

The public is invited to provide written comments, beginning on November 3, 2014 and ending on December 19, 2014. Written submissions received during the consultation period will be considered in the final preparation of the proposed amendments.

More information on the proposal

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October 28, 2014

Consultation on Extending Noise Protection Requirements to all Ontario Workers under the Occupational Health and Safety Act

The ministry is consulting on the extension of noise protection requirements to workplaces not covered by current noise requirements under the Occupational Health and Safety Act regulations.

More information on the proposal

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October 28, 2014

Ministry of Labour Proposes to Strengthen Health and Safety Protections for Construction Workers

The Ministry of Labour is proposing to strengthen health and safety protection for Ontario’s construction workers under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

The ministry has developed three regulatory consultation proposals for public review:

  1. New Occupational Health Protections for Ontario Construction Workers to address hazardous exposures to noise, biological and chemical agents and carbon monoxide released from internal combustion engines.
  2. New Health and Safety Requirements Relating to Foundation Drill Rigs to enhance health and safety protection of workers during the operation of rotary foundation drill rigs.
  3. Miscellaneous Amendments to the Construction Projects Regulation to correct errors, omissions, and inconsistencies and update outdated references in the Regulation.

More information on the three proposals

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Amendments to the Diving Operations Regulation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act

February 26, 2014

Amendments have been made to the Diving Operations Regulation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, which come into force on March 1, 2014.

The amendments:

  • Align the regulation with current industry standards,
  • provide for new work techniques and practices and
  • enhance worker safety through training and equipment requirements.

For more information on the new regulation, please visit e-Laws.

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Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training (O. Reg. 297/13) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA)

November 15, 2013

A new regulation entitled Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training (O. Reg.  297/13) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) has been made and will come into force on July 1, 2014. The regulation requires the completion of mandatory basic occupational health and safety awareness training, and specifically:

  • Sets out the minimum content of both the worker and supervisor awareness training programs including instruction on:
    • the rights and/or duties of workers, supervisors and employers under the OHSA,
    • the role of joint health and safety committees and health and safety representatives, and
    • common workplace hazards and occupational illnesses;
  • Requires that employers ensure that workers complete the training program as soon as practicable and supervisors complete the training within one week of performing work as a supervisor; and
  • Requires employers to maintain a record of training, and provide workers and supervisors with proof of completion, on request, for up to six months after the worker or supervisor stops performing work for that employer.

The regulation also contains the following “exemptions”:

  • Workers and supervisors who have previously completed an awareness training program, either with their current employer or a previous employer, do not have to retake the training if they have proof of completion and the current employer can verify the program that was completed covers the same content set out in the regulation; and
  • Current supervisors who have completed a supervisor awareness training program before the regulation comes into force do not also have to complete the worker awareness training program.

The new regulation also includes existing provisions previously found in O. Reg. 780/94 (Training Programs), which has been revoked.

Consequential amendments have also been made to O. Reg. 414/05 (Farming Operations) in order to make the mandatory awareness training requirements in the new regulation also apply to farming operations.

For more information on the new regulation, please visit e-Laws.

To help stakeholders comply with the new requirements, the Ministry of Labour has developed awareness training programs and materials for both workers and supervisors, which are free, publicly available online and in many languages. For more information, please go to ontario.ca/learntoworksafe

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Amendments to MOL Regulations Pertaining to the Ontario College of Trades

March 20, 2013

Ontario has made regulatory amendments under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) that will reflect the coming into force of the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009.

The amendments will also allow the Ministry of Labour to continue its current enforcement of training requirements for certain compulsory trades under OHSA for a one-year period ending April 8, 2014.

Following the expiry of the one–year transition period, the enforcement of trades qualifications generally will be the responsibility of the Ontario College of Trades under the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009.

Learn more about the Ontario College of Trades

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