The Ontario government recently amended the OHSA and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act in order to implement the recommendations of Ontario’s Expert Advisory Panel on Occupational Health and Safety. In response to the panel’s recommendations, which were reported in Torys’ December 2010 EH&S Bulletin, the amendments establish the MOL as the lead for accident prevention (transferring it from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board), appoint a new Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) and create a new prevention council to advise the CPO and the Minister of Labour. The amendments also give the Minister of Labour oversight of Ontario’s education, training and promotion of workplace health and safety.

For further information, please see the MOL’s Press Release.