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April 21, 2021

Occupational Health Consultation

The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) is consulting on new or revised occupational exposure limits (OELs) based on the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) recommendations for 2018 and 2019. The MLTSD is also proposing to:

  • Align the current OELs for silica in Regulation 833 – Control of Exposure to Biological or Chemical Agents (Reg. 833) and O. Reg. 490/09 – Designated Substances (O. Reg. 490/09) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) with the limits recommended by the ACGIH.
  • Align the current OELs for hydrogen sulfide in Reg. 833 with the limits recommended by the ACGIH.
  • Adopt the 2019 version of CSA standard CAN/CSA-Z180.1:19, Compressed breathing air and systems in Reg. 833, O. Reg. 490/09 and O. Reg. 278/05 – Asbestos on Construction Projects and in Buildings and Repair Operations (O. Reg. 278/05).

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April 13, 2021

Ontario Ensuring WSIB Premiums and Compensation Remain Stable

The Ontario legislature has passed the Workplace Safety and Insurance Amendment Act, 2021. The new legislation will protect employers from an unexpected increase in Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) premiums, while maintaining an increase to the maximum earnings cap for worker benefits.

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January 21, 2021

Consultation on Proposed Amendments to Pre-Start Health and Review Requirements for Factories

The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) is proposing to amend section 7 of the Industrial Establishments regulation (Regulation 851) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), which requires that a pre-start health and safety review (PSR) be carried out on certain machinery, protective elements, structures and processes in factories before they are put into service for the first time or if modifications are needed.

Between February 3 and April 30, 2020, the ministry held a consultation to get stakeholder feedback about the current pre-start health and safety review requirements and the current PSRs guideline. The feedback received indicated that while there is general support for PSRs and their role in proactively protecting worker health and safety, there was strong support for changes that would clarify and streamline the regulatory requirements.

Based on the feedback received during that consultation, the ministry is now proposing amendments to section 7 and the table to that section.

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January 8, 2021

First Aid Modernization Consultation

The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) is proposing to transfer the responsibility of workplace first aid from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) to MLTSD. This regulatory modernization could include a new first aid regulation made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, revocation of the current Regulation 1101 First Aid Requirements made under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997, and the development of first aid training standards that are approved by the Chief Prevention Officer.

Feedback to the questions posed in the ministry’s consultation paper will provide valuable insight in developing options to modernize workplace first aid requirements in Ontario.

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