Consultation on Extending Noise Protection Requirements to all Ontario Workers under the Occupational Health and Safety Act
Bill or Act:
Occupational Health and Safety Act
Summary of Decision:
On December 9, 2015, a new Noise Regulation (O. Reg. 381/15) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) was approved.
This regulation replaces the noise protection requirements set out in the regulations for Industrial Establishments, Mines and Mining Plants and Oil and Gas-Offshore and extends the same noise protection requirements to all workplaces under OHSA. Examples of workplaces affected by this regulation include construction projects, health care facilities, schools, farming operations, fire services, police services and amusement parks. O. Reg. 381/15 comes into effect on July 1, 2016. This regulation will help protect Ontario's workers from noise-induced hearing loss, a leading cause of occupational disease for Ontario workers.
October 28, 2014
Summary of Proposal:
The Ministry of Labour is proposing to extend noise protection requirements to all Ontario workplaces under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) that are not currently covered by noise requirements in the regulations for Industrial Establishments (Section 139 of Regulation 851), Mines and Mining Plants (Section 293.1 of Regulation 854) and Oil and Gas-Offshore (Section 41 of Regulation 855). Examples of workplaces affected by this proposal include: health care facilities, schools, farming operations, fire services, police services and amusement parks. The proposal builds on the ministry's concurrent proposal to introduce noise protection requirements for Ontario construction workers (please see the MOL's consultation document entitled "Consultation on Improving Occupational Health Protections for Ontario Construction Workers").
The ministry has developed a consultation proposal for public review. The purpose of the consultation proposal is to describe the ministry's proposed policy direction and invite comments from the public and stakeholders.
See links below for more information on this proposal.
Notice to Consultation Participants:
Personal information collected during this consultation is under the authority of Section 70 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and is in compliance with section 38 (2) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Please note that your comments, submissions, identity and organizational affiliation will become part of the public record and may be released during or following the consultation process.
Ministry of Labour
Health and Safety Policy Branch
Construction Health and Safety Regulatory Proposal Project
400 University Ave., 12th floor
July 1, 2016