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Prevention Council Meeting: February 17, 2016

  • Content last reviewed: September 2016

Prevention council members present:

  • Graeme Norval, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto
  • Colin Grieve, Hamilton Professional Firefighters Association Local 288 IAFF
  • Mike Oxley, DuPont Canada Company
  • Nancy Hutchison, United Steelworkers
  • Susanna Zagar, Workplace Safety & Insurance Board
  • Dawn Tattle, Anchor Shoring & Caissons Ltd.
  • Linda Vannucci, Health & Safety Legal Clinic
  • Camille Quenneville, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division


  • George Gritziotis, Ministry of Labour
  • Kathleen Therriault, Ministry of Labour
  • William Roy, Ministry of Labour
  • Cathy Blacklock, Ministry of Labour
  • Cristina Vlad, Ministry of Labour


  • Derek Johnstone, United Food and Commercial Workers Canada
  • Patrick Dillon, Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario
  • Sophie Dennis, Ministry of Labour
  • John Vander Doelen, Ministry of Labour

1. Welcome

The chair welcomed members and opened the meeting.

2. Updates From Prevention Council Chair

The Chair welcomed new Council member Camille Quenneville to her first Council meeting. William Roy, Ministry of Labour (MOL), introduced himself as the new Director of the Prevention Office’s Strategy and Integration Branch.

The Chair discussed outreach strategies and opportunities by Members, and noted value in reviewing Prevention Council content on the ministry’s website.

Action Item: Prevention Office to provide Council members with the PC Media Protocol and the Social Media PC Outreach Letter to facilitate a discussion at a future meeting on updates to the Council section of the MOL website and the use of social media.

3. Selection of Prevention Council Alternate Chair

Deferred to April 20, 2016 meeting.

4. Data Presentations

  1. Prevention Council Injury and Fatality Data Dashboard
  2. Relative Fatality Trend Analysis

A Manager and an Analyst from the Strategy and Integration Branch, MOL presented occupational health and safety data from the Injury and Fatality Data Dashboard and the Relative Fatality Trend Analysis.

Members took the opportunity to discuss the data presented and expressed interest in receiving additional information on both topics.

Action Item: Prevention Office to explore providing additional information to Council on MOL data strategy, lost time injuries, critical injuries, Schedule 2 data and performing a detailed analysis on specific fatality categories.

Action Item: Prevention Office to provide Council with harmonized fatality data for April 20, 2016 meeting.

5. Integrated OHS Strategy - New and Emerging Issues

The Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) provided Council with an overview of emerging occupational health and safety issues and the work being done by the Prevention Office to address the issues. The CPO also highlighted the need to review and discuss the strategic priorities in the Integrated Occupational Health and Safety Strategy (IOHSS) in the context of new and emerging issues (e.g., Workplace Mental Health, changes in the Ontario workforce, etc.) Members took time to discuss these issues and noted support for refreshing the IOHSS in order to incorporate additional occupational health and safety priorities. In addition, Council noted that workplace violence should be considered for a wide range of workplaces, not solely health care. Members further highlighted the challenges associated with reaching and supporting small business with respect to workplace health and safety.

Action Item: Prevention Office to provide a draft of updated IOHSS for Council to review and provide feedback at the April 20, 2016 meeting.

Action Item: Prevention Office to provide Council with a status update on the Mining Health, Safety and Prevention Review and its findings at a future meeting.

Action Item: Prevention Office to provide final reports from the Vulnerable Worker Task Group and the Small Business Task Group in advance of the April 20, 2016 Council meeting.