December 17, 2015
A new Noise Regulation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) was approved on December 9, 2015:
This regulation (O. Reg. 381/15) replaces the noise protection requirements set out in the regulations for Industrial Establishments, Mines and Mining Plants, and Oil and Gas-Offshore. It extends the noise protection requirements contained in the regulations below to all workplaces under OHSA:
The Farming Operations Regulation has also been amended so the new Noise Regulation will apply to farming operations:
New workplaces covered by this regulation include:
The Noise Regulation comes into effect on July 1, 2016. It will help protect Ontario's workers from noise-induced hearing loss, a leading cause of occupational disease for Ontario workers.
The new regulation is in keeping with changes proposed by the Ministry of Labour in a Summary of Proposal. A 60-day public consultation was held from October 28 to December 29, 2014.
Key changes include:
For more information, visit the Source Law section of the e-Laws website: Noise Regulation.
November 30, 2015
Amendments to three regulations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) have been approved. The amendments formalize the changes proposed by the Ministry of Labour in the Summary of Proposal document that was posted on the government’s Regulatory Registry for a 60-day public consultation from October 28 to December 29, 2014. Key amendments include:
With respect to the Ministry of Labour’s proposal to introduce noise requirements under the Construction Projects Regulation, please refer to Regulatory Registry Proposal Number 14-MOL005 for updates.
For more information on the amendments and the coming into force dates of the provisions, please visit the Source Law section of the e-Laws website:
It is expected that the amendments will be consolidated into the e-Laws version of the official regulation in the near future.
November 25, 2015
The Ministry is consulting on proposed changes to the Mining Regulation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, including new or amended requirements for risk assessments, water management and traffic management programs, recording of seismic events, and surface diamond drill training.
March 20, 2015
The Ministry of Labour is proposing to strengthen requirements related to the operation of suspended access equipment set out in the Construction Projects Regulation (O. Reg. 213/91) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The proposal would apply to all buildings and structures where suspended access equipment may be used and where the Regulation applies. The proposal would not apply to activities subject to the Window Cleaning Regulation (Regulation 859).