Mining Health and Safety Review
In late 2013, the province asked Ontario's Chief Prevention Officer to undertake a comprehensive review of the occupational health and safety issues related to the mining sector.
The review began in January 2014 and will conclude in early 2015, with a report and recommendations. In public consultations with mining partners, particularly employers and workers, the review is examining emerging issues affecting the health and safety of workers in the mining sector.
An advisory group of employer and labour industry representatives, and health and safety organizations, are assisting the Chief Prevention Officer in assessing a wide range of topics. In studying issues, the review is interested in the discovery of best practices and innovative solutions.
The review is examining issues including, but not limited to:
- The capacity of Ontario's occupational health and safety system to meet the needs of the mining sector, including current regulations and enforcement mechanisms.
- The impact of technological changes on health, safety and prevention in underground mines
- Training, skills and labour supply issues.
- The Internal Responsibility System. This system provides all workplace parties, including employers and employees, responsibility for improving worker health and safety.
- Hazards associated with mining.
- Emergency preparedness/mine rescue.
To keep people informed of the review's progress, the Chief Prevention Officer prepared a progress report which:
- Provides a profile of Ontario's underground mining industry
- Summarizes the key issues identified to date through the consultations and review
- Describes the results of the Ministry of Labour's Hazard and Risk Identification initiative for the mining sector
- Outlines the current regulatory environment
- Highlights steps already taken to improve health and safety
- Labour Vice Chair
- Employer Vice Chair
- Mike Bond, United Steelworkers, Chair, Local 6500 Health, Safety and Environment Committee; Worker Co-Chair, Mining Legislative Review Committee
- Roger Emdin, Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations, Glencore, Manager, Sustainable Development; Employer Co-Chair, Mining Legislative Review Committee
- Cam Mustard, Institute for Work and Health, President and Senior Scientist
- Candys Ballanger-Michaud, Workplace Safety North, Chief Executive Officer
- Wendy Fram, Observer, Mining Inquiry Needs Everyone's Support (MINES)