Various amendments are made to the Occupational Health and
Safety Act and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act,
1997. The following is not an exhaustive list of the
amendments, but rather highlights some of the changes made.
The Occupational Health and Safety Act (the
"Act") is amended to set out
the Minister's powers in administering the Act. It is
further amended to allow the Chief Protection Officer to establish
standards for training programs and approve programs that meet the
standards. Constructors and employers are now required to ensure
health and safety representatives receive approved training to
enable them to effectively exercise the powers and perform the
duties of representatives.
Added to the Act is Part II.1 (Prevention Council,
Chief Prevention Officer and Designated Entities). Apart from
outlining duties and powers of appointment, it allows for the
designation of entities as a safe workplace association or a
medical clinic or training centre specializing in occupational
health and safety matters. Part III.1 has been amended to give the
Minister the ability to approve codes of practice respecting
statutory and regulatory requirements. The Act has also
been amended to allow an inspector to refer a matter to the Board,
on the workers' consent, where a worker alleges that his or her
employer has violated the prohibition against reprisals and where
circumstances warrant, so long as it has not been otherwise dealt
with by binding arbitration under a collective agreement or the
worker filing a complaint to the Board.
The Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997, has been
amended to repeal Part II (Injury and Disease Prevention), though
the sections dealing with payments to constructions workers and
first aid requirements that may be set by the Board were re-enacted
elsewhere in the Act.
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