Ontario recently conducted a comprehensive underground mining health, safety and prevention review led by Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer (CPO).
The review examined a number of topics to help ensure an even stronger and safer underground mining sector, with the CPO receiving expert advice and strategic input from an advisory group of industry, labour, and health and safety representatives.
The advisory group was established to ensure the public's and stakeholders' views were reflected in the review. A series of six working groups dedicated to important health and safety topics, as decided in consultation with our advisory group, explored ways to improve health and safety in the underground mining sector. These working groups were composed of participants representing labour and employers, supported when necessary by subject matter experts. Each group focused on the issues related to their specific topic and they suggested ways forward to improve the health and safety for Ontario’s underground miners.
The working groups reported to the CPO and the Advisory Group in early 2015. The valuable input of the working groups was considered by the Chief Prevention Officer with the advice of the Advisory Group in the drafting of the final report.
As part of the review, the Ministry of Labour held public consultations across Ontario and accepted written submissions between March and June 2014. Consultation feedback was considered by the Chief Prevention Officer, the advisory group and the working groups during the course of the review.
The final report contains 18 recommendations. While many of the recommendations can be implemented by the Ministry of Labour, several are directed to other system partners and some can only be implemented in cooperation with the industry and other ministries. In addition to the recommendations, the report also identifies early deliverables and issues that require further study.
Further information can be found in the Mining, Health, Safety and Prevention Review reports.
See the recommendations and read the final report.
See the progress report on Ontario’s mining safety review (Released September 2014).