March 03, 2011
The Ontario Government announced today that it is proposing amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act. These amendments are in response to several of the recommendations provided by the Expert Panel on Occupational Health and Safety and are intended to improve the province’s safety system and increase protection for workers. If passed , the following recommendations would occur:
- Establish the Ministry of Labour as the lead for accident prevention, transferring it from the WSIB.
- Appoint a new Chief Prevention Officer to coordinate and align the prevention system.
- Create a new prevention council, with representatives from labour, employers, and safety experts, to advise the Chief Prevention Officer and the Minister.
The proposed amendments would also give the Minister of Labour oversight of the province’s Health and Safety Associations. The minister would also oversee the education, training and promotion of workplace health and safety.