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Ontario's Construction Health and Safety Action Plan

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Ontario's Construction Health and Safety Action Plan

Ministry of Labour

Ontario is launching a number of initiatives to prevent worker deaths, injuries and illness in the construction sector as part of Ontario's Construction Health and Safety Action Plan. These will build on a strong foundation of about a dozen initiatives already underway or completed as part of the strategy.

New Measures

The Construction Health and Safety Action Plan contains 16 recommendations to create a more knowledgeable, skilled sector and to increase the sector's compliance with occupational health and safety laws.

Through these recommendations the government and its safety partners are working to:

  • Develop online tools, apps and web portals to provide easy access to construction health and safety information such as key hazards  
  • Conduct multi-media campaigns and targeted enforcement blitzes to raise awareness of construction health and safety and key hazards  
  • Explore options for increasing and expanding fines for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulation for Construction Projects  
  • Consider roof anchors and other solutions for working at heights to prevent falls, which are the number one cause of construction deaths
  • Embed construction health and safety topics in existing school curricula and apprenticeship training programs
  • Consult with stakeholders on an accreditation program that would recognize employers who successfully implement occupational health and safety programs
  • Create and better distribute resources to fill gaps in existing health and safety information for employers and workers

Already Implemented

A number of initiatives in the Health and Safety Action Plan have already been completed to implement some of the recommendations, including:

  • Developing a web tool by the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA) and Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety to help construction employers and workers understand key topics in the regulation for construction projects
  • Training, blitzes and underground economy enforcement by the Ministry of Labour targeting working at heights and residential roofing projects
  • Launching radio and online campaigns to raise awareness about new working-at-heights training requirements
  • Launching an IHSA media campaign on public transit to improve the culture for working safe
  • Implementing an advanced training program for construction supervisors to improve their skills in communicating health and safety information to workers
  • Establishing Ministry of Labour partnerships with municipalities to pilot a web-based software program that enables municipal building inspectors to report unsafe work practices to the ministry
  • Establishing a Ministry of Labour partnership with the City of Toronto to promote health and safety resources and information  

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