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2009-2010 Notices

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Amendment to Training Requirements For Certain Skill Sets and Trades (Schedule 2 in O.Reg. 572/99)

December 15, 2010

Schedule 2 to O. Reg. 572/99, Training Requirements for Certain Skill Sets and Trades, made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act has been amended, effective January 1, 2011. The reference in Item 8 to the ‘sheet metal trade’ has been replaced with a reference to two (newly formed) trade branches of ‘sheet metal worker’ and ‘residential (low-rise) sheet metal installer’. This administrative change was necessary to align with related amendments by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) to the sheet metal regulation (R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 1077) under the Trades Qualification and Apprenticeship Act, also to come into effect on January 1, 2011. MTCU amended Reg. 1077 and divided the sheet metal trade into two branches: Branch 1, Sheet Metal Worker; Branch 2, Residential (Low Rise) Sheet Metal Installer. The amendments to O. Reg. 572/99 will ensure MOL’s continued ability to enforce O. Reg. 572/99 as it relates to the sheet metal trade qualifications/certifications required under the Trades Qualification and Apprenticeship Act and protect the health and safety of workers performing sheet metal work.

For general information about apprenticeship training or to find the nearest apprenticeship office, call the Employment Ontario Hotline (toll-free: 1-800-387-5656; Toronto: 416-326-5656; TTY: 1-866-533-6339 or 416-325-4084) or go to www.edu.gov.on.ca.

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Safety-engineered needles are now mandatory in more workplaces

July 1, 2010

Ontario has increased protection for health care workers. As of July 1, 2010, the mandatory use of safety-engineered needles is extended to additional workplaces including doctors' and dentists' offices, community health centres, family health teams and independent health facilities. Workers who provide health care services such as home care services, ambulance services, public health programs, health support services to students in schools, and healthcare/first aid services to workers or individuals in industrial and other workplaces will also now be covered by the regulation.

The use of safety-engineered needles has already been mandatory in other workplaces where health-related services are provided, including all hospitals, long-term care homes, laboratories, specimen collection centres and psychiatric facilities.

Needlestick injuries are a significant concern of nurses and other health care workers. Safety-engineered needles have been designed to eliminate or minimize the risk of needle punctures to the user.

For more information about safety-engineered needles, including educational and guidance materials, visit the Public Services Health and Safety Association website: www.osach.ca

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New Regulation Provides Inflation Protection For Injured Workers On Partial Disability Benefits in 2010

January 4, 2010

On January 1, 2010 a new regulation approved by the McGuinty government provided injured workers on Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) partial disability benefits with a 0.5 per cent increase in 2010. This increase applies to those who are permanently, partially disabled.

“This increase reflects the government’s commitment to protect the most vulnerable Ontarians,” said Labour Minister Peter Fonseca explaining that “the goal is to protect the purchasing power of injured workers’ benefits.”

Regulation 454/09 provides assistance to approximately 150,000 injured workers on WSIB partial disability benefits. A section of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA) added through the 2007 Budget Bill authorizes Ontario's Lieutenant Governor in Council to make regulations providing a temporary cost of living adjustment to workers' compensation benefits in any calendar year. This regulation has been made under that power.

Learn more about the regulation.

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Occupational Exposure Limits Updated

December 22, 2009

Ontario is strengthening worker protection by updating occupational exposure limits (OELs) for 36 hazardous chemical substances in Regulation 833, Control of Exposure to Biological or Chemical Agents, made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Only two substances in the ministry’s 2008 and 2009 Notices of Proposal — beryllium and sulphur dioxide — remain unchanged pending further consultation and review.

The changes come into force on July 1, 2010.

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Regulation For Construction Projects

December 2, 2009

The Regulation for Construction Projects (O. Reg. 213/91) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act has been amended with changes coming into effect on January 1, 2010. Changes have been made to requirements regarding:

  • stilts
  • wooden guardrails
  • CSA standards for fall protection equipment
  • electrical utility safety rules
  • marine safety equipment and lifejackets
  • “locates” of underground services
  • engineering drawings for certain structures.

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Needle Safety Regulation

November 26, 2009

The Needle Safety Regulation (O. Reg. 474/07) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act has been extended to other workplaces. Effective July 1, 2010, the regulation will also apply to:

  • doctors’ and dentists’ offices, community health centres, family health teams and independent health facilities; and,
  • other workplaces where health related services are provided such as home care services, ambulance services, public health programs, health support services to students in schools, and health care/first aid services to workers or individuals in industrial and other workplaces.

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