Taking Action On Workplace Health and Safety
McGuinty Government Implementing Recommendations Of Expert Safety Panel
Ontario is taking action to improve the province's safety system and increase protection for workers.
The province is proposing amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act. These amendments are in response to the recommendations provided by the Expert Panel on Occupational Health and Safety which would, if passed:
- 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.
- Headed by Tony Dean, the expert panel received more than 400 responses in over 50 meetings with stakeholders across the province.
- The panel included representatives from labour, employers, and academia with workplace health and safety expertise.
“Our government, along with labour and business leaders, are on the same page. We all want workers to be healthy and go home safe after work. These proposed amendments would help prevent injuries and create productive workplaces -- and that is good news for all Ontarians.”