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The Honourable Kevin Flynn
Minister of Labour, Ontario
Dear Minister Flynn:
I am pleased to submit the Occupational Health and Safety in Ontario: 2014-15 Annual Report. In this annual report, you will read about the current state of occupational health and safety in Ontario for 2014-15 and our accomplishments as an occupational health and safety system since releasing my first report last year.
With system transformation well underway, 2014-15 provided an opportunity to focus our efforts on the most frequent and severe causes of workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities. As a system invested in workplace health and safety, we need to continuously work together to break the cycle of tragic and preventable events. While available data points to an overall decline in reported injury rates, the critical injuries and fatalities resulting from workplace incidences and occupational diseases have remained persistently flat over the past ten years.
In 2014-15, a number of new initiatives and legislative changes were introduced to improve occupational health and safety in the province. Those activities are outlined in this report along with a preview of what is next for the system. To have an impact on critical injuries and fatality rates, we need to focus and sustain our prevention efforts on addressing incidences in sectors where rates are persistently high. In addition to addressing workplace critical injuries and fatalities, we need to respond to increasingly important health and safety issues such as violence and mental health in the workplace. It’s imperative that we continually challenge ourselves to find innovative ways to prevent workplace injuries and fatalities.
In submitting this annual report, I want to acknowledge the commitment and support of the entire occupational health and safety system as well as the many partners we collaborate with on a daily basis. I look forward to continuing to advance toward our shared goal - a future in which every worker comes home healthy and safe.
Chief Prevention Officer
Ministry of Labour