Safety Task Force
See something unsafe on the job? Report it to the Ministry of Labour at 1-877-202-0008
Working at Heights Training
Beginning April 1, 2015, employers in Ontario must ensure that workers on construction projects who may use certain methods of fall protection successfully complete ‘working at heights’ training that meets training program and provider standards established by the Chief Prevention Officer (CPO). The Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training Regulation (Ontario Regulation 297/13) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), has been amended to include mandatory working at heights training requirements. The working at heights training is valid for three years from the date the worker completes an approved training program delivered by an approved training provider. In addition to these new requirements, employers continue to have a duty under Section 26.2 (1) of O. Reg. 213/91 (Construction Projects) to ensure that workers who may use a fall protection system are adequately trained on the use of the system, and are given adequate oral and written instructions by a competent person. Click here to find out more: http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/sawo/pubs/fs_wahconstruction.php
Prevent Falls on Construction Projects – Safety Tip Card
Visit the province’s page on preventing falls on construction projects here: https://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/sawo/pubs/fs_construction.php
Ontario Increasing Maximum Fines for Workplace Health and Safety Violations
Ontario is enhancing protection for workers by increasing the maximum fines for individuals and businesses that don’t meet workplace health and safety standards.
The maximum fines for an offense under the Occupational Health and Safety has been increased from:
- $25,000 to $100,000 for an individual or unincorporated business (which had not changed since 1979)
- $500,000 to $1,500,000 for corporations (which had not changed since 1990)
Ontario also changed the time limit to allow for prosecution, from one year from the date of the offense, to one year from the date an inspector becomes aware of an alleged offense.
Keeping Workers Safe on Construction Sites
Ontario is helping to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities for workers on construction sites across the province through the implementation of its Construction Health and Safety Action Plan.
Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn announced the plan today at the construction site for the new courthouse in Toronto. Created with input from construction employers, workers and other industry stakeholders, Ontario’s plan contains 16 recommendations to strengthen the prevention of work-related injury and illness for construction workers on sites of all sizes across the province.
These recommendations include:
- Developing a web tool and mobile app to help employers and workers understand their health and safety obligations and rights for specific construction projects
- Building an online portal that allows building inspectors to report unsafe work practices to the government
- Increasing awareness about working-at-heights training requirements
You can find out more about this initiative by clicking HERE.
Suspended Access Equipment on Construction Projects – Guidance Document Released
This guideline is intended to assist designers, engineers, fabricators, owners and suppliers of suspended access equipment (SAE) by clarifying the intent and meaning of certain technical aspects of sections 136.1 to 142.06 applicable to suspended work platform systems and boatswain’s chairs found in Ontario Regulation 213/91, Construction Projects (the Construction Regulation) that came into effect on January 1, 2017.
B&CRAO had been aggressively advocating for the development and release of this technical guideline since the new SAE regulations were announced. You can find a copy of this document HERE.