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Prevention Council Meeting: December 4, 2012

  • Issued: December 2012
  • Content last reviewed: December 2012

PREVENTION COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT:

  • Colin Grieve, Ontario Professional Firefighters Association
  • Bryan Neath, United Food & Commercial Workers of Canada
  • Gloria Rajkumar, SIMAC
  • Graeme Norval, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto
  • Linda Vannuci, Health & Safety Legal Clinic
  • Mike Oxley, DuPont Canada Company
  • Nancy Hutchison, Ontario Federation of Labour
  • Roy Slack, Cementation Canada
  • Susanna Zagar, Workplace Safety & Insurance Board
  • John Sauger, Bruce Power (via teleconference)

OTHER:

  • George Gritziotis, Ministry of Labour
  • David Zurawel, Ministry of Labour
  • Brian Lewis, Ministry of Labour
  • Cordelia Clarke Julien, Ministry of Labour
  • Ana Matos-Clark, Ministry of Labour

PREVENTION COUNCIL MEMBERS REGRETS:

  • Patrick Dillon, Provincial Building & Construction Trades Council of Ontario

1. WELCOME AND MEETING NOTES

The Chief Prevention Officer welcomed the Prevention Council Members to their second meeting and received unanimous approval on the September 28, 2012 Meeting Notes.

Prevention Council Members agreed to forward any agenda items for discussion at future meetings to the Prevention Office. It was also noted that the Prevention Office will work with the Communications Branch at the Ministry of Labour to develop a Prevention Council web portal on the ministry’s website. Moving forward, Prevention Council Members will agree on materials to be posted on the Prevention Council web portal.

Minister Linda Jeffrey attended and expressed her appreciation to members for their dedication in helping improve health and safety across Ontario.

2. CHAIR SELECTION

The Prevention Council selected Colin Grieve, Occupational Disease Worker Advocate, Hamilton and Ontario Professional Firefighters Association, as its first Prevention Council Chair. The Council also selected Graeme Norval, Associate Chair and Undergraduate Coordinator, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto, as Prevention Council Alternate Chair. Both terms will be held for a one-year period.

3. PREVENTION COUNCIL: OPERATING FRAMEWORK AND CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT

Prevention Council Members were presented with a draft Prevention Council Operating Framework at the September 24, 2012 meeting. The Prevention Council provided feedback and agreed to minor amendments to the Operating Framework and Confidentiality Agreement. Specifically, under the Decision Making the phrase “…with thoughtfulness and urgency” was added to describe the Prevention Council’s approach to consensus decision-making.

Prevention Council also agreed to post the Operating Framework and Confidentiality Agreement on the Ministry of Labour’s website.

Action Item: The Prevention Office to make minor amendments to the Prevention Council Operating Framework and Confidentiality Agreement and also post on the Ministry of Labour’s website.

4. STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT

The Chief Prevention Officer highlighted the importance of Prevention Council Members engaging a broad range of stakeholders. Prevention Council Members communicated the need to strengthen and create new relationships, allowing them to provide comprehensive advice to the Chief Prevention Officer. It was noted that the Prevention Office will provide support to Prevention Council Members when reaching out to their stakeholders. Prevention Council Members approved the media messaging and stakeholder engagement letter that was provided to them for review on October 20, 2012. Prevention Council Members suggested changes to the Prevention Council brochure, which included replacing language in the brochure with preferred language in the Operating Framework and removing content which members deemed to be unnecessary (a version with track-changes will be provided).

Action Item: The Prevention Office to revise the Prevention Council Brochure and resubmit for Prevention Council approval.

Action Item: Prevention Office staff to provide Prevention Council Members with materials for use when interacting with their stakeholders.

5. INTEGRATED STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT PROCESS

The Prevention Council Members were presented with an integrated strategy development process which outlined the ministry’s current activities, an overview of proposed strategic priorities and a proposed consultation approach. Accompanying this, Prevention Council Members were also provided with a draft discussion paper to inform the Occupational Health and Safety Strategy. The Chief Prevention Officer communicated the need to reach out to small business, vulnerable workers and those who do not have attachments to the OHS system.

Action Item: Prevention Office to provide Prevention Council Members with materials illustrating the health and safety system in Ontario and an overview of Deloitte’s Analysis (to be discussed with Prevention Council Members during teleconferences scheduled on December 7 and 10, 2012).

Action item: Prevention Council Members to provide feedback on the draft discussion paper to inform the Occupational Health and Safety Strategy to the Prevention Office by December 14, 2012 and to be discussed further at the next meeting.

6. PROGRAM REVIEW

Prevention Council Members were provided with draft prevention Program Review Framework illustrating a review of province-wide prevention programs which includes, but is not limited to: Safety Groups Program (SGP), Workwell, and Safe Communities Incentive Program (SCIP). Consultations will be held prior to approvals and implementation. In addition, consultations on transition programs, OHS standards, new integrated programs and accreditation will occur. A Prevention Program Review Group (PPRG) comprised of labour, industry, MOL, and WSIB will be established to advise on the review.

Action item: Prevention Council Members to provide feedback on the Program Review, specifically, Stream A, B, C and D to the Prevention Office by December 14, 2012.

7. STANDARDS

Prevention Council Members were provided with an update on the creation and implementation of training standards that will apply to training required by the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations. Prevention Office staff provided an update on the High-Hazard Working Group that has been providing advice on the Expert Advisory Panel recommendations over the last year. The Chief Prevention Officer communicated the need to reach out to those workers in high-hazard occupations. Prevention Council Members were also given an overview of the province-wide OHS training standards, which include, JHSC Certification Training Program Standard, Training Provider Standard, Working from Heights Training Program Standard, and Mandatory Entry Level Training for Construction (MELT) Training Program Standard.

Action Item: Prevention Council Members to provide feedback on Training Standards to the Prevention Office by December 14, 2012.

8. MEETING DATES

Prevention Council Members and Chief Prevention Officer confirmed upcoming Prevention Council Meeting dates for 2013.