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Ontario to better protect workers from workplace hazards

Toronto, ON -- Ontario will appoint Tony Dean as chair of an expert advisory panel to conduct a comprehensive ...


Health & Safety

January 28, 2010
By MRO Magazine

Toronto, ON — Ontario will appoint Tony Dean as chair of an expert advisory panel to conduct a comprehensive review of the province’s occupational health and safety prevention and enforcement system.

 

Dean will lead a panel, comprising safety experts from labour groups, employers and academic institutions to recommend options for structural, operational and policy improvements.

 

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The panel will research best-in-class approaches to improving workplace safety in national and international jurisdictions and will look at a range of issues including:

 

– Continuum of safety practices in a workplace and entry-level safety training

– Impact of the underground economy on health and safety practices

– How existing legislation serves worker safety.

 

Part of the review will be supported by the Institute for Work & Health, an independent research centre for occupational health and safety.

 

The expert advisory panel will report back to the Minister of Labour in Fall 2010.

 

“Even one death or injury in a workplace is one too many,” said Peter Fonseca, the provinces Minister of Labour. “That’s why we are putting together this panel of industry experts from all sectors. I look forward to receiving their advice and together we can work to ensure that all Ontario workers arrive home safely at the end of each day.”