Health and safety advocates have additional time to submit comments on the Ministry of Labour’s proposed standard on employer health and safety accreditation programs.
The original 45-day consultation on the Ministry’s Voluntary Occupational Health and Safety Management System Accreditation and Employer Recognition Program for Ontario Workplaces
has been extended to January 26, 2018
Feedback is critical as it will also shape the Ministry’s development of a framework to recognize employers who successfully implement an accredited OHSMS.
Last December’s passage of Bill 70 implemented the government budget as well as unrelated and potentially detrimental changes to the Occupational Health & Safety Act (OHSA).
The changes expand the powers of the Chief Prevention Officer to set standards for and accredit occupational health and safety management systems (OSHMS) and to recognize employers who are certified users of these programs. The changes also allow the government to privatize the processes for setting and approving standards for health and safety training courses and training providers, in addition to employer accreditation.
Labour has voiced concerns
about the standard, chief among them, government insistence on a voluntary standard may encourage less, not more, health and safety excellence in Ontario workplaces. Also many are concerned the standard could be used to accredit behaviour-based safety programs.
Deadline for providing feedback to the MOL is Friday, January 26, 2018
Send comments to:
Ministry of Labour
Occupational Health and Safety Management System and Employer Recognition Program
10 Dundas St E, 8th
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