Dean Report, Bill 160 and JHSC Certification - the story continues!
You will see from some of my previous blogs From Dean to the CPO, what’s in and what’s not!, Bill 160 & The Increased Requirement for Safety Training, Bill 160 - What's Going On?, Bill 160 Receives Royal Assent that major changes are afoot on the subject of health and safety in Ontario. As of April 1, 2012 prevention responsibilities were transferred from the WSIB to the Ministry of Labour. You may be asking yourself - so what’s the difference?
All of this arose from the Expert Advisory Panel (Dean Report) of December 2010 and it represents a whole new focus on all aspects of safety and safety training in the province of Ontario.
The most recent announcement is that effective April 1, 2012 the Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) now has the authority to establish the training requirements that a Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) member must meet and to certify a member who meets these requirements. They have also announced that anyone already certified by the WSIB prior to that date are considered certified by the CPO – in other words they are grandfathered.
Behind the scenes the MOL has been reviewing the certification process and we anticipate that a new set of standards for certification will follow. At the present time the standards in use are those written and approved from the WSIB in 1996 and amended in 2007.
Meanwhile here at OSG we continue to be a CPO-approved JHSC training program provider having trained over 20,000 people in total and 900 people so far in 2012. To prepare ourselves for potential changes to Part I JHSC Training we are currently updating our course content to ensure it incorporates current changes and amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act as a result of Bill 160.