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Prevention Council Meeting: December 4, 2014

  • Issued: December 2014
  • Content last reviewed: February 2015

Prevention council members present:

  • Colin Grieve, Ontario Professional Firefighters Association
  • Graeme Norval, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto
  • Mike Oxley, DuPont Canada Company
  • Patrick Dillon, Provincial Building & Construction Trades Council of Ontario
  • Roy Slack, Cementation Canada
  • Derek Johnstone, United Food and Commercial Workers Canada
  • David Musyj, Windsor Regional Hospital
  • Nancy Hutchison, Ontario Federation of Labour


  • George Gritziotis, Ministry of Labour
  • John Vander Doelen, Ministry of Labour
  • Brian Lewis, Ministry of Labour
  • Cordelia Clarke Julien, Ministry of Labour
  • Ayumi Bailly, Ministry of Labour
  • Ana Matos Clark, Ministry of Labour
  • Ameer Subhan, Ministry of Labour
  • Richard Prial, Ministry of Labour
  • John O’Grady, Prism Economics and Analysis
  • Fernando Traficante, Prism Economics and Analysis
  • Andy Potter, Deloitte
  • John Sibley, Deloitte

Prevention council members regrets:

  • Linda Vannucci, Health & Safety Legal Clinic
  • Dawn Tattle, Anchor Shoring & Caissons Ltd.
  • Susanna Zagar, Workplace Safety & Insurance Board

1. Welcome

The chair welcomed members and opened the meeting.

2. Prevention Council Chair and Alternate Chair Elections

Members elected Colin Grieve as Chair and Graeme Norval as Alternate Chair by acclamation.

3. September 11, 2014 Meeting Notes

Members approved the September 11, 2014 meeting notes.

4. OHS Market Assessment and Service Delivery

(A) Market Metrics Project

The Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) spoke about the purpose and brief history for the Market Metrics Project, highlighting the need for a better understanding of the occupational health and safety (OHS) marketplace, its needs, and system partner service delivery.

John O’Grady, Prism Economics and Analysis, presented a summary of results from the Market Metrics study. The study aims to estimate what health and safety, and prevention services are delivered and to whom; identify and estimate the gaps in types of prevention services and their delivery; and consider why those gaps appear to exist. Highlights of surveys of employers and workers, as well as other research were presented.

Members took the opportunity to discuss the preliminary findings of the study, as well as implications of findings for managing the prevention system. One of the key findings was a clear need for strengthening the Internal Responsibility System (IRS) in many provincial workplaces. The multiple sources of Prevention services were highlighted, with the market coverage of the Health and Safety Associations (HSAs) put in context to the other supports available to workplace parties. Members commented on the need to focus on health and safety outcomes in the workplace.

(B) Report on the Collaborative Service Delivery

The CPO introduced the report and noted that it was developed with close collaboration with the HSAs. It was further noted that the results had been shared with the HSAs whose responses ranged from potential interest to outright opposition. Andy Potter and John Sibley provided an overview of the Collaborative Service Delivery Project completed by Deloitte, including the project background, delivery models, and findings. Deloitte described potential collaborative service delivery models across a number of functional domains to help identify opportunities for further collaboration across the HSAs.

Members discussed ideas for how HSAs could be transformed to more effectively develop occupational health and safety (OHS) products and services adapted to suit the needs of their particular client base. In addition, Members also commented on organizational and governance structures that could potentially either help or hinder efficiencies and service delivery in the OHS system. Members also raised concern over the competition among the HSAs and how it can shift focus away from health and safety outcomes. Further, Members highlighted that cost savings from collaborative service delivery be re-invested into the OHS system, and that funding for the system should accurately reflect the ongoing needs and demands of the OHS market. The CPO clarified that savings would translate into investment into the areas identified as in greatest need and where gaps exist in the OHS system. Further, Council Members emphasized that service delivery must safeguard against and be responsive to workplace fatalities, and must recognize the change in demographics and industry over the years They also noted that current successes should be shared among HSAs and other system partners for shared learning and to realize better service delivery, highlighting positive effects of collaboration over competition.

Action Item: Prevention Council requested that the Prevention Office further review this work and to consider alternative delivery approaches, and to report back to the Council options for alternative service delivery approaches.

5. Designation Standards

The CPO briefly updated members on the development and roll-out of proposed new standards for designated entities. Highlights of the key changes being proposed to current designation standards were covered and Members reviewed the proposed new standards. In addition, the CPO conveyed initial feedback from the Health and Safety Associations and identified areas that were well received and those where work remains to address concerns.

6. Construction Action Plan

John Vander Doelen, MOL, offered an overview of the work underway in support of the Construction Action Plan, along with the context and proposed process of the Action Plan development. Highlights from a recent stakeholder workshop for identification of priority actions within the construction sector were also presented. Members took the opportunity to discuss initial themes and topics that emerged from the stakeholder workshop. The CPO noted the need to consider feedback against data so that the Action Plan addresses areas of greatest need as supported by evidence.

7. Risk Assessment Project

Richard Prial, MOL, provided an overview of the Risk Assessment Project, which was established to enable the identification and prioritization of the risks to health and safety in workplaces on a sector by sector basis. Results of the first two risk assessment workshops for the underground mining and the low-rise residential construction industries were also presented.

A discussion took place on how the OHS delivery system can apply the insights from the risk assessment workshops to inform system strategy, reduce injury and illness, and improve system performance. Discussions also touched on how risk assessments can support better decision-making by workplace parties. Members noted value in highlighting intrinsic hazards in risk assessments. They also acknowledged the need for balance when assessing risks/hazards with respect to actions by employers and workers, with a Member noting that risk assessment should account for the different rights and responsibilities of workplace parties.

8. Leading Indicators Update

Brian Lewis, MOL, reviewed the project undertaken in collaboration with the Institute for Work and Health and the Centre for Spatial Economics. The result was an OHS outlook for Ontario from 2014 to 2026 of injury rates by sector driven largely by employment projections. Results for the Safe Workplace Associations and ministry programs were provided based on sector-specific information. The conclusion was that the composition of employment and injuries had shifted significantly over the past 10 years, and is likely to continue to change in the future, while resources in the OHS system have likely not shifted to meet these changes.

9. Training and Safety Programs

Cordelia Clarke Julien, MOL, presented an overview of key developments related to training programs. An update on the Working at Heights (WAH) standards included proposed next steps and key dates, recent consultations and proposed regulatory amendments. The update on Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) certification training standards included updates on key next steps and proposed dates, a review of part one and two JHSC certification training, and an overview of the JHSC implementation focus groups underway. Members took the opportunity to clarify timelines and the process related to JHSC certification. They also noted that standards represent minimum training requirements for workplace parties who are encouraged to surpass these standards and champion health and safety.

Action Item: Prevention Office to provide Council members with supporting materials when the Working at Heights Training Standard is released.

10. Mandatory Entry Level Construction (MELC) Training Standards

John Vander Doelen, MOL, updated Members about the progress to date on the MELC training standards, including project milestones and process undertaken to develop the standards, proposed timelines for consultation and next steps beyond. Members took the opportunity to discuss the proposed next steps, considered a phased-in approach for the standards, and discussed the value of lessons learned from Coroner’s Jury Recommendations in helping to inform training standards in construction and other sectors.

11. Written Information Updates

Members clarified several points related to recent occupational health and safety injury and illness data.

12. Other Business

A Member took the opportunity to clarify information related to recent Coroner’s Jury Report analysis, and expressed interest in additional breakdowns of data for shift workers.