OH&S Update: Bill 160 and MOL Inspections
In June 2011, Bill 160 became law, with all provisions now in effect as of April 2012. The Bill transferred responsibility for the prevention of workplace injuries and illnesses from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) to the Ministry of Labour (MOL). Other changes that came into effect were the creation of a Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) at the MOL (currently held by George Gritiziotis) and a prevention council, whose primary role is to provide expert advice to the CPO and Minister of Labour.
One of the first recommendations of the prevention council will be to require all employers in Ontario to deliver mandatory health and safety awareness training to all employees and supervisors covered by the Occupational Health and Safety Act in 2014. The new training requirement, currently slated to become law by Jan. 1, 2014, is one of the province?s first prevention initiatives, which will be overseen by Ontario?s CPO. According to the Ministry of Labour, a transition period will be implemented to give employers time to ensure existing workers and supervisors have completed awareness training programs before the proposed regulation is expected to come into effect.
Has the Ministry of Labour made a surprise visit to your facility and left you with a Ministerial order regarding air quality and worker exposure? Airzone can provide prompt service and expertise to assist with the requirements of the order and help you attain compliance.
Already in compliance?
Airzone can help keep it that way by reviewing your historical hygiene reports to determine that testing for worker exposure was comprehensive and followed appropriate methodologies. Periodic air testing is a good way to maintain due diligence and be proactive with respect to worker exposure. For some of our clients keeping periodic OHS reports up to date has assisted with WSIB complaints from workers alleging hazards due to exposures. We can also deploy our qualified hygienists quickly to assist with issues that arise and could potentially hold up production such as worker complaints/concerns regarding a new product used in the process.
Does your facility use a product that is or contains a designated substance? Airzone can assist with a designated substance assessment to determine which products may contain designated substances. Special attention to these products may include MSDS review, air testing, and possibly a designated substance control program.
For more detailed information on all OH&S concerns you can contact: Ryan Dignard at ext 103 (rdignard[at]airzoneone.com) or Charles Geen at ext 104 (cgeen[at]airzoneone.com).
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For international work Airzone has been seconded to review air quality modelling for a major power plant development in Eastern Europe by the World Bank. We also continue to provide analysis and support for Environment Canada?s Arctic air quality monitoring program. Airzone is also active in the Caribbean assisting local companies with regulatory emissions reporting as well as providing analysis of air samples taken for regulatory compliance purposes.
In Ontario, we recently completed numerous TRA Phase I plan submissions for a wide range of industries. We worked on land-use compatibility studies (under the MOE?s D-series Land Use guidelines) for dust and odour-related issues. We have also completed, or are working on, numerous ECA applications (coating industries, galvanizing, electroplating, etc.) and EASRs for numerous industry sectors.
To inquire about lab analysis contact Phil Fellin at 905 890 6957 ext. 105 (pfellin[at]airzoneone.com)
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