Workplace Safety System Review Panel Named
McGuinty Government To Improve Occupational Health And Safety
An expert advisory panel has been appointed to conduct a comprehensive review of the province's occupational health and safety system.
Under Tony Dean, Chair of the Workplace Safety System Review, the panel includes:
- Bud Calligan - retired Secretary-Treasurer, Carpenters District Council of Ontario
- Carmine Tiano - Director of WSIB Advocacy and Occupational Services, Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario
- Vernon Edwards - Health and Safety Director, Ontario Federation of Labour
- Joan Eakin - Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
- Carolyn Tuohy - Senior Fellow, School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto
- H. Allan Hunt - Senior Economist, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, Michigan, U.S.
- Domenic Mattina - Vice-President of Sales and Estimating at Mattina Mechanical Ltd.
- Jattinder Dhillon - VP Health, Safety, Wellness and Business Continuity, Corp. HR, Loblaws Canada
- John A. Macnamara - Vice President - Health, Safety and Environment, Hydro One
The panel will report back to the Minister of Labour in Fall 2010 with recommendations and options for operational, policy and structural improvements to the province's workplace safety system.
- Since 2005 Ontario has doubled the number of full-time occupational health and safety inspectors, bringing the total to 430.
- The Ministry of Labour compliance program that ran from April 1, 2004, to March 31, 2008, helped to reduce the workplace annual injury rate by 20 per cent, or more than 57,000 incidents (as a result, employers have avoided about $5 billion in direct and indirect costs).
“Over our time in office, the annual workplace injury rate has gone down by 20 per cent. However, we cannot become complacent. One death or injury in a workplace is one too many. This review will focus on building on our successes, and identifying ways to further strengthen health and safety protections for every worker in this province.”
“The members on this panel provide a wealth of experience, skill and knowledge in the area of workplace health and safety. I am confident that we will be able to carry out the mandate we have been given by the Minister.”