On Wednesday, May 18, 2011, the Government of Ontario passed
Bill 160, An Act to amend the Occupational Health and Safety
Act and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 with respect
to occupational health and safety and other matters. Upon
receiving Royal Assent, the Act will become law, and will come into
force no later than April 1, 2012.
These Amendments are in response to the Tony Dean Report. They
Prevention mandate shifted to the Ministry of Labour (Part II
of WSIA is repealed)
Requirement for mandatory training for workers and health and
Expansion of powers for JHSC co-chairs to make direct
recommendations to employer/constructor where committee fails to
reach a consensus
Establishment of a Prevention Council and Chief Prevention
Development of Codes of Practice for Accident Prevention
Inspectors given power to refer reprisal to the Ontario Labour
Bill 160 also gives the Ministry of Labour power to implement
additional changes recommended by the Tony Dean Panel. For example,
although Bill 160 sets out the requirements for mandatory training
for new workers and health and safety representatives, the training
standards and approved trainers will be established by the
Prevention Council once it is fully operational. We expect that the
Prevention Counsel will also be responsible for the development of
the Codes of Practice that will assist employers and constructors
with meeting the specific health and safety requirements set out in
Employers will have to remain patient as the recommendations are
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