USW 16506

New Provincial H & S

Ontario government seeks public input on

new provincial health and safety strategy

The Ontario government is asking workers, their representatives, employers and others to provide ideas to help them develop a province-wide occupational health and safety strategy.

The development of this strategy is required by the Occupational Health and Safety Act [(section 22.3(1)(a)]. More specifically, the Chief Prevention Officer (CPO), in consultation with the Prevention Council, must develop this strategy. It must then be submitted to the Minister of Labour for approval and publication.

The Ministry of Labour (MOL) has published a document entitled An Integrated Occupational Health and Safety Strategy for Ontario: Discussion Paper for Consultation intended to generate discussion and collect feedback and ideas for developing the strategy.

According to the MOL, “this discussion paper is intended for an audience with a strong familiarity and interest in occupational health and safety.”
 
The MOL has also published what they are calling an “abridged version” of the consultation paper. According to the MOL, this document is intended for stakeholders who may not normally become involved in the consultation process. Specific issues addressed in this document include: 
  • vulnerable workers
  • small businesses
  • high hazard activities,
  • occupational disease, and
  • additional support for all workplace parties.

The MOL has posted both versions of the discussion paper on their web site. The abridged version is available in many languages including French, Hindi, Spanish and Tagalog.

The deadline to submit feedback to the MOL is May 17, 2013.

Want to know more from the MOL about this public consultation?

Want to know how the Workers Health and Safety Centre (WHSC) can help your workplace meet your significant legal training requirements? Call 1-888-869-79550 and ask to speak to a training service representative or visit www.whsc.on.ca.

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