Changes to the 2017 Ontario Occupational Health & Safety Act and Regulations “Green Book”

 

Amendments to O.Reg 213/91 Construction Projects clarified and solidified existing requirements in reference to the use of suspended access equipment.  These amendments in relation to the use of suspended access equipment come into effect January 1, 2017. Some key amendments include:

The requirement to notify the Ministry of Labour before first-time use of suspended access equipment at a project

Training for workers who use or inspect suspended access equipment

Requirements for roof plans and site-specific work plans

Strengthening existing design, operational, technical and engineering requirements

Amplifying the current inspection, testing and maintenance requirements

Amendments have been made to Regulation 860 – WHMIS. WHMIS has adopted international standards for the classifying of hazardous chemicals, Safety Data Sheets, and labels. The international standards are part of the Globally Harmonized System for the Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The transition began in February 2015 and will conclude in December 2018.

As of September 2016, the government of Ontario implemented Bill 132, The Sexual Violence and Harassment Plan Act. Amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act include a change to the definition of workplace harassment, and increased employer obligations with respect to workplace harassment programs.

In December 2016, Bill 70 officially received Royal Assent. Bill 70, Building Ontario up for Everyone Act will amend the Occupational Health and Safety Act by adding the definition “health and safety management system.” The amendment permits the Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) to accredit a health and safety management system and establish standards that a health and safety management system must meet in order to become accredited.

The “Green Book” Ontario Occupational Health & Safety Act and Regulations, is updated annually and published by Occupational Safety Group Inc. based on legislative and regulatory changes. “The Green Book” contains the complete, current Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act (OH&S Act) and also includes the following regulations: confined spaces, construction projects, control of exposure to biological or chemical agents, designated substances, farming operations, first aid requirements, health care and residential facilities, industrial establishments, and WHMIS. Learn more and purchase yours today!

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