Report Recommends Changes to Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Regime

The Expert Advisory Panel, which was appointed to review Ontario's occupational health and safety system, has released its report containing 46 recommendations. Among other things, the report calls for:

  • The creation of a new Prevention Organization within the Ministry of Labour;
  • Amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act to allow co-chairs of Joint Health and Safety Committees to submit written safety recommendations to employers;
  • Mandatory training for health and safety representatives;
  • Mandatory health and safety awareness training for all workers and supervisors;
  • Mandatory entry-level training for construction workers;
  • Mandatory fall protection training for workers working at heights, and
  • A review of enforcement tools available to inspectors, including establishing administrative monetary penalties.
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